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Journey of Shantosh Lamichhane from Robotics to Entrepreneurship

Shantosh Lamichhane

Shantosh Lamichhane

Shantosh Lamichhane is an aspiring entrepreneur, who is also an engineering enthusiast who believes in empowering youths as he believes that they are the tool for sustainable development. Besides engineering and business, he also has a keen interest in Robotics.

From making robots using cardboard boxes and remote control toy cars, to a Corn Thresher Machine, Mr. Shantosh Lamichhane has made significant progress. He has been recognized as the winner of the National Mechanical Exhibition.

Lamichhane took a step into mechanical engineering and pursued a Diploma in Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician while running Suvahari Motors and working as a business manager in Burgertory in Australia. He got back to Nepal with some amazing entrepreneurial ideas and started multiple businesses such as Suvahari Kitchen and Java Zone and Bistro.

Although Shantosh Lamichhane was making a lot of money in Australia from his businesses as businesses were blooming, he eventually returned to Nepal. His main motive for going abroad was not to earn money but to learn new things and skills about mechanical engineering so that he could start such a business in Nepal. He faced lots of criticism for shifting from engineering to hospitality.

Lamichhane felt that if he had to contribute to the development, instead of developing other people’s nations, he’d rather develop his own nation. He mentions, “maile tyaha sukha paaye tara khusi payena.” He doesn’t have any regrets coming back to Nepal. He says, “If you think the price of success is expensive, wait until you pay the price of regret.”

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Mr. Shantosh Lamichhane’s View on Politics, Business, and Progress

In Nepal, politicians and the country’s leaders influence every field including intelligence, while intelligence should influence politicians. There is the use of politics in every other field including education. So, due to political disturbance in the country, he went abroad to pursue further studies.

Mr. Shantosh Lamichhane says, “What’s the point of wasting talents when politicians are influencing talents?”  So, he entered into politics by joining a party as he thinks that a political party (Rastriya Swatantra Party) is essential for making contacts and could make more progress than by getting into politics independently.

Similarly, there is high political dominance in business in Nepal while business should be independent as in foreign countries. Nepal’s government is unaware of how business is helping the country’s economy. Mr. Lamichhane felt that it requires political power to open a business.

Government policies play a huge role in shaping entrepreneurship. The most important role of government policy in entrepreneurship is to provide a conducive environment for businesses to operate. However, excessive restrictions and bureaucratic procedures may discourage entrepreneurs from starting and expanding their businesses.

To develop Nepal, youths should pursue careers in political science to bring positive political changes in Nepal. New views, new perceptions, and strong shoulders are needed for the development of the country. So, every youth of Nepal should be aware of their political responsibilities and work together to develop the overall sectors of the country.

Importance of Entrepreneurship in Nepal

Entrepreneurship is a very important aspect of any country’s economy. It promotes innovation and technological advancement, generates job opportunities, and contributes to overall economic growth.  It has the potential to get people out of the poverty line and boost people’s economic well-being by providing opportunities for self-employment and income generation.

Entrepreneurship can help address social challenges like healthcare, education, and environmental sustainability. It may also help to preserve Nepal’s rich cultural history by supporting indigenous crafts, traditional arts, and sustainable tourism initiatives that reflect the country’s distinct culture.

The success of Entrepreneurs in Nepal reflects the country’s economic potential. With the right support and resources, Nepalese entrepreneurs can continue to create jobs and contribute to the economic development of the country.

For further education, you can visit Government Policy in Shaping Entrepreneurship website.

Employment Generation in the Country

Employment generation is a critical issue in Nepal as it has high unemployment and underemployment rates, particularly among youths. Vocational training, technical education, and skill development programs are essential to enhance the youth’s skills to address the unemployment problem of the country.

Lamichhane believed that the main problem of youths being unemployed is due to students not being practically exposed. Even students pursuing a higher level of education are only getting theoretical knowledge and do not have practical experience. Also, the education system doesn’t provide the youths with the skills that are in demand in the market, as there is a misalignment between the education and employment systems.

Empowering Youths of Nepal

Empowering the youth of Nepal includes providing them with opportunities, education, resources, and assistance so that they can reach their full potential and thus positively contribute to society.

Lamichhane believes that youths should learn the history of the country and based on the present needs of the country, they should involve themselves in that field so that they can contribute to the development of the country as well as themselves. He mentions, “If you want to experience the change, do it.”

The youths should go abroad for whatever purpose, but there should be promising factors to return to their own country as well so that they can learn how a particular country works and after returning, they’ll do the right thing for their country.

The youths should be facilitated networking opportunities and mentorship programs that connect them with experienced professionals and role models, who can provide guidance, advice, and support in their personal and professional development.

Conclusion

Shantosh Lamichhane, an aspiring entrepreneur and engineering enthusiast serves as a ray of inspiration for youths, emphasizing the power of determination, innovation, and community engagement in driving positive change and promoting sustainable development. Despite being successful in Australia, he returned to Nepal to contribute to his country’s progress. Although he was criticized for transitioning from engineering to hospitality, he believes in using political influence to promote business growth and enhance entrepreneurship policies. He advocates for practical education to reduce unemployment and emphasizes the importance of empowering Nepalese youth.

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