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Myagdi, July 24: Magsaysay prize winner Manabir Pun has been honored with a coveted award from Internet Society. The Internet Society recognized Pun’s role in bringing Internet to Nepal by increasing digital literacy and education access for the rural people.

The Society on Wednesday announced that its prestigious Jonathan B. Postel Service Award was presented to Mahabir Pun for his key role in bringing Internet to rural Nepal with the founding of the Nepal Wireless Networking Project.

Pun was selected by an international award committee, comprising former Jonathan B. Postel award winners, which placed particular emphasis on candidates who have supported and enabled others in addition to their own specific actions.

“Mahabir Pun has made tremendous contribution to Nepal, with profound implications for the people of that region now and in the future,” said Kathy Brown, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Internet Society.

“He faced unfathomable challenges, and this award is a testament to his dedication, fortitude and courage in helping to connect his country to the world.”

The Postel Award was established by the Internet Society to honor individuals or organizations that, like Jon Postel, have made outstanding contributions in service to the data communications community. The award is focused on sustained and substantial technical contributions, service to the community, and leadership.

According to the Internet Society, Pun was presented the award, including a 20,000 US dollars honorarium and a crystal engraved globe, during the 90th meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) held in Toronto, Canada, July 20– 25.

Establishing Nepal Wireless Network Project in 2002, Pun started wireless internet network at Nagni village of Myagdi district.

Over 175 villages of 15 districts of the country have been connected to wireless internet network with technical support from Pun.

Pun, who completed his master’s level from Nebraska University in USA, is also active in the field of environment conservation besides tourism development along with the wireless internet network expansion in the country.



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