Prof. Ram Man Shrestha remembered

Prof. Ram Man Shrestha remembered

Prof. Ram Man Shrestha has dedicated his life for the development of Mathematical Sciences in Nepal. I used to be always inspired by his mission in life. In today's world he will be missed by a mathematical community when mathematics is needed for Human Capital development for engaging in society, especially with an increase in technology and digitalization. I am going around reaching guardians of the students raising questions about what mathematical proficiency means in today’s world and what shifts need to be made in both content and pedagogy to prepare students for 21st Century Skills and mathematical reasoning. I always wished he was there with me. He had taken appreciable leadership in establishing mathematical society in Nepal. The following issues are current trends in the digital world today requiring collaborative movement between that mathematical society and the societies of the digital world.  We all need to join hands to take the movement ahead for national development and continue the legacy Ram Man sir.


Converging Technology revolution


The converging technology revolution comprises the synergistic combination of four groups of technologies: Info-Technology, Bio-technology, Nano-Technology and Cognitive - Technologies. They go beyond digital technologies, although they are underpinned by the latter. Data is central to the converging technology revolution; a unique feature is the integration of data from the human, physical, biological and cyber worlds. High speed computing power and connectivity are the other two factors powering this revolution. These characteristics drive both the potential and the risks from the converging technology revolution. The development of Artificial Intelligence (AI), itself a combination of information technology and cognitive science and made possible by the availability of vast amounts of data, cheap high-speed computing power and ubiquitous connectivity, is further enabling and driving the converging technology revolution. These developments have profound implications for human capital – creating the possibility of rapid accumulation of human capital through technological innovations in education (e.g., by improving learning quality), health (e.g., by improving stunting or reducing non-communicable diseases) and social protection (e.g., by addressing informality of the labor force) sectors; as well as supporting sectors such as agriculture, water, energy, sectors critical for Nepal’s development. Defining policies that regulate technological convergence industry may not be simple or straightforward. Data collection and usage are tied to digital privacy issues because a piece or aggregation of information could identify an individual or reveal patterns in one’s activities. Converged or smart technologies leverage large volumes of data to try to improve the user experience by generating more tailored and anticipatory results. However, such data can potentially identify, locate, track, and monitor an individual without the person’s knowledge. Such data can also potentially be sold to third-party entities without an individual’s awareness. As the use of converged technologies continues to propagate, digital privacy issues will likely remain central. As converged devices generate and consume large volumes of data, multiple data security concerns have emerged: potentially increased number of access points susceptible to cyberattacks, linkage to physical security, and theft of data.


I was engaged in pursuing for opening school of Mathematical Science in Tribhubhan University. Many efforts were made for speeding up the process; however, the decisions were slow. During the movement  I got to understand that passion and the patience of Ram Man Sir.


Dynamics of rural transformation


The complexity of the rural transformation process calls for multi-layered governance and new forms of technical and financial assistance. There are many working groups and forums, with different constituencies and mandates, that explore the central and unifying role.

All Platform activities in the strategic initiative constitute a longer-term exercise in close cooperation with a growing number of institutions and initiatives towards the better-informed positioning of various stakeholders including donor programs within the new development framework. The process of rural transformation must thus be addressed by a policy agenda aimed at making rural transformation ecologically more sustainable and socially inclusive.

Building Technology platforms, Policies, the critical insight to a Nepal’s journey of success requires one to be able to work with and grow the ecosystem. IT sector also need to have volunteers from not-for-profit Think Tank, staffed mostly by volunteers from the tech world, who dedicate their time, energy and expertise towards Nepal’s hard problems. This group should remain committed to being in the background, taking pride in the success of partners who are solving for Nepal’s hard problems.


Digital Framework Nepal initiatives program requires pool of mathematical talents. Quality education can happen only through investment specially on the rural ends. Digital Framework Nepal program can only be effective only through Human Capital Development with focus on mathematical Sciences and Rama Man Sir will be remembered always during execution of such programs.