KATHMANDU: The COVID-19 pandemic has created opportunity for people to learn and share skills, despite their fears and challenges as a result of the virus.
On Saturday, June 12th, the Nepal Institute of Research and Communications (NIRC), a research and training institute based in Tinkune, Kathmandu, successfully finished its 40th training event. The institute traditionally held its capacity-building programs in-person, but due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it switched to online training, and the response has been phenomenal, with approximately 1400 people attending the event.
Since April 2020, when NIRC announced its inaugural online grant proposal writing training, the organization has held 40 training programs.
Research Paper Writing (17 batches), Grant Proposal Writing (6 batches), Monitoring and Evaluation (6 batches), Qualitative Data Analysis (5 batches), and one batch each of Academic Paper Writing, Academic Proposal Writing, SPSS, R programming, Data Visualization, Editing, and Proofreading were covered.
“At first, we were skeptical about the success of these trainings, given the online nature and lack of interaction as available during face-to-face training, but our events progressively gained popularity due to our quality material and facilitation.
It is a significant accomplishment for us to have reached out to 1400 participants in 14 months,” said Ritesh Phuyal, who oversees the organization’s event management. Phuyal further stated that the group intends to deliver further skill-based training packages at a low cost.