The thirteenth batch of Arthalaya was organized from 29th November to 4th December 2011 at Dhulikhel, Nepal. Altogether 24 participants from 17 different colleges attended the program. For the 13th Arthalaya, we received 76 applications altogether out of which 8 were from outside the valley, a clear indication of the growing popularity of the program even outside the city.
Key discussions were held on the facilitating role of the government, understanding requirements and leadership skills required to set up business and the importance of entrepreneurship and basic qualities/attributes of an entrepreneur. Each session of Arthalaya is interactive where every participant can at least understand the topics of discussion so that they can take part in it and provide inputs from real life experiences.
Om Rajbhandary, a pioneer in the field of community living and planned housing in Nepal, was a key resource person at the event. He emphasized on the need of perseverance in any enterprise to ultimately build a highly-profitable venture while maintaining business ethics and social responsibilities. . He also offered budding entrepreneurs the chance to start up their business with help from Brihat Investments which came as a pleasant surprise to the participants. Dr. Chiranjibi Nepal, a renowned economist of the country, currently a professor at Kathmandu University, held a session which was a major eye opener for all the participants as it promoted an alternative idea to the already existing one, that of, free markets.
Other speakers included Anil Chitrakar, Anjan Kumar Dahal, Ashutosh Tiwari, Rajeev Dhar Joshi of Kathalaya, Shailendra Raji Giri, the Chief Executive Officer at Real Solutions Pvt. Ltd, and Suman Joshi, Chief Executive Officer of Laxmi Bank Ltd.
Overall the participants described the residential school as an enthralling experience for having been given a chance to talk to some of the biggest names in the industry and for part-taking in exciting debates and enterprise modules.
‘I really did learn what I had been learning in my MBA within 6 days of Arthalaya. It was real time experience and I know I have to start now to reach my goals rather than a year after my graduation’.
‘Enter Arthalay with a mindful and leave hungry with a want to learn more!’
‘A pile of books would be less compared to the knowledge gained practically at Arthalaya; I will never forget the things I learned at Arthalaya’.