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Nepal In Data "Student Outlook": Yubraj Shrestha

October 24, 2017

Yubraj Shrestha is a Bachelor student of Information Technology (BIT) at Informatics College Pokhara affiliated to Tribhuvan University. In his spare time, he develops various web and mobile applications. Therefore, he frequently needs to play with data in order to better understand user behavior and use the analysis to improve his app development.

What would you like to change in IT sector?

In our country, the education system is the main problem. As an IT student, we need a practical learning environment. It difficult to get knowledge from professional teachers. We are still following old versions of technology i.e; HTML, JAVA and so on. Around the world, the latest technology is being practiced, in which students can gain practical experience from school level. Thus, I would like to change the theoretical teaching practice into group sessions and lab learning on different technologies around the world.

How can data can a play role in IT sector?

We develop various mobile applications and web applications, which ultimately will be for local or international users. Data helps in the IT sector to enable us to evaluate and analyze our applications. For a profit making application, it needs to have a good user-interface and properly managed, user friendly application. Therefore,  better analysis of application data helps in a professional, scientific manner. Also during the development of the application, we need data to put into the application as well as data regarding the behavior of the potential users of the application. Once the application is developed, we need analytics regarding which features are used most often, how much time the user spends on using a particular feature etc. Therefore, to ensure an excellent output at the end we need to monitor the application on a daily basis.

What feature do you like most of the Nepal in Data?

I am learning and building my understanding of different concepts for the development of application. For this purpose, I have visited different national and international websites and mobile apps. In Nepal, there was no other website with the concept of visualization of data through a line graph, map or bar chart. The Nepal in Data portal is the first portal in our country,with a nice presentation and visualization of data in a simple format. The movement of the line graph with respective indicator is the part which I like best of the Nepal in Data portal.

How do you use data?

As a Bachelor in Technology student, I am eager to build small websites by using HTML, JAVA Script, C++ as well as apps. We do small workshops on IT in colleges. During these, I present my website and I take a small survey about people’s feedback and suggestions on the website. The data helps me to improve the visualization of my website.

In addition, though I am an IT student, I take an interest in data more broadly and search for data at Macro Economy level (i.e GDP, import, export of the goods etc.) and data related to the Sustainable Development Goals. This helps me to figure out our national level situation.

What message would you like to give to other young people?

Data makes a subject more realistic and interesting. Nepal in Data has done great work for students and other citizens, who are interested in using data for better visualization and analysis. Nepal’s largest data bank is easily accessible and user friendly. Though, I am an IT student, Nepal in Data helps me to figure out the problems and their solution. Thus, data plays an important role in any sector. It has no boundaries. At the end, playing with data helps to visualize possible change.

 Yubraj Shrestha is a Bachelor student of Information Technology (BIT) at Informatics College Pokhara affiliated to Tribhuvan University. In his spare time, he develops various web and mobile applications. Therefore, he frequently needs to play with data in order to better understand user behavior and use the analysis to improve his app development.