Kathmandu, January 30, 2018: Uniglobe Center for Entrepreneurship of Uniglobe College has successfully organized ‘Ozone Fest 2018’ on January 27, 2018 at Itum Bahal, Kaligal, Kathmandu.
The main motive behind the program was to aware people about the rampant environmental and heritage destruction. The event encouraged different green startups to spread the word for their enterprise, cited alternative sources of energy for conserving environment and heritage and promoted cycling as an alternative solution.
More than 50 cycle riders graced their presence in the cycling contest. Various cultural dance, Newari music, nature and heritage photography contest, talk series, photo exhibition and food stalls were the attractions of the event.
Thakur Gaire, the Central Committee Member of CPN (UML), commenced the event. Ashmita Timilsina, the core member of Uniglobe Center for Entrepreneurship, welcomed the guests, participants, local community people, volunteers and supporters of the fest.
Dr.Nar Bahadur Bista, Principal of Uniglobe College, underscored the bond shared by industries, economy and environment. Bista added onto the necessity of an enterprise that focuses on conservation of nature and heritage. Furthermore, he mentioned the early initiation of meaningful thinking before starting an enterprise dealing with industrialization would eradicate the hurdles caused by pollution in the country.
Rabindra Puri, Conservationist and award winner of Asia Pacific Cultural Heritage Award, 2004 asserted, “We keep on saying that we are very poor but Nepal is one of the richest country in the world regarding culture and heritage. Unfortunately, the resources have been deteriorated with the time. As much as it is necessary to save our environment, heritage is also the must. Programs like Uniglobe Ozone Fest 2018 will help to address and preserve our heritage.”
“In the city like Kathmandu, the open space is very rare but when we see the Newar community there are spaces for people to walk and play which reflects respect for the people and healthy life. This program is the point of knowing the history and dreaming the future where young people are directly involved in saving nature and culture.”, mentioned Bhushan Tuladhar, Head of Environment Department and Member of City Planning Commission at Kathmandu Metropolitan City. He conveyed his thankfulness to the students of the college and Uniglobe Center for Entrepreneurship for conducting an effective program that promoted the green economy.
Alok Siddhi Tuladhar, Co-founder Director at Impact Production mentioned the valuableness of the words and scriptures used in Newari and Nepali culture. “Some of these peculiar words don’t have their translated version in English language. So, translating that words don’t give any meaning and it is very hard to preserve such culture and heritage.”
Shriju Pradhan, the supporter of the event as well as the Deputy Director at Heritage and Tourism Department, KMC mentioned about the necessity of Itum and Bahal area in the country. She shared, “The peculiar Newar culture can be observed in the Itum Bahal area, along with the open common area to walk, sit and celebrate together.”
Thakur Gaire, the Chief Guest of the program, thanked the organizers for initiating a positive step by organizing the fest. According to Thakur, the political parties of the country have further plans that will be instigated to conserve the environment and heritage of the country.
Sabina Sadaula, President of Uniglobe Center for Entrepreneurship, concluded the fest by thanking the community for presenting the space for the program. She expressed her gratitude towards Shriju Pradhan, guests, special guests, chief guest, sponsors, participants, media, volunteers and Uniglobe College for the ending the program in a successful note.
By: Kabita Sen