Mahabir Centre for Nepal Connection

Mahabir Pun is known for introducing wireless computer technology very innovatively in rural Nepal. Recognized for bringing progress to the remote mountains, Pun brought to use a mix of solar power, tree based relay system in the absence of proper towers and made possible what had seemed unattainable in the eyes of everyone else. Today, with the established wireless technology, new options have opened in the remote mountains. For instance, farmers now can connect to global advanced farming technologies; and children can access the advantage of distance learning; now his village is connected with the global village. In recognition of his innovative venture he has been the recipient of quite a few awards/fellowship and doctorate honorary degree. He was awarded the Magsaysay Award (2007), considered by some as the Nobel Prize of Asia. The University of Nebraska, the educational institution he graduated from, awarded him an honorary degree (2007), Doctor of Humane Letters. Global Ideas Bank (2004) also awarded him with its 'Overall Social Innovation Award' and the Ashoka Foundation, the global association of leading social entrepreneurs, awarded him with Ashoka Fellowship (2002). Pun was born in Myagdi and had spent his growing years in Myagdi and Chitwan. He served as a teacher in 4 different schools for about 12 years Chitwan. He graduated from the University of Nebraska and Kearney in 1996. Following his graduation, he founded the Himanchal High School in Chitwan with a special focus on computer education and many such essential trainings he felt students did not have access to in his region. Sometime later, he went back to the University of Nebraska and received his Master's in Educational Administration (2001). For more information visit: www.nepalsutra.com