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Sarbin Sayami, one of the reputed faculty members of DWIT is a senior assistant professors at Central Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, Tribhuvan University. From last 2 years, he has been involved at DWIT.
DWIT New asked him to share about his experience and about his personal life. Here is what he said to us.
Can you briefly tell us about yourself; your hobbies and your interest areas?
I have been teaching for 15 years. I worked in Nepal Engineering College (NEC) for almost 10 years. NEC had given me ample opportunities and a platform to foster my knowledge. I even had a chance to take the lead as Head of Department of Computer Science.
Right now, I am Asst. Prof. at Central Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, Tribhuvan University. The department offers Masters in Computer Science and Information Technologies.
My Hobbies are cycling and visiting historical places.
Research Interest: Machine Learning / Soft Computing
Your educational background?
SLC – GEMS
ISc – St. Xavier's
BE Electronics and Communication – Nepal Engineering College
Masters in Computer Science – Nepal College of Information Technology
Masters in Interdisciplinary Water Resource Management - Nepal Engineering College
How important do you think Computer Science is?
Computer Science has been successful in developing theories that are practicable in almost every domain from an individual to people at large. It is important as it provides a strong formulation to deal with uncertainty. It has methodologies and techniques to minimize the risk factor and increase the efficiency of every systems.
What inspired you to become an IT professional?
IT is an interdisciplinary field. It can be blended with every theories that can be used in technical as well as in non-technical aspect with equal precision whether to create business opportunities or to strengthen the livelihood of the people. This factor has always inspired me a lot.
What difference do you find between learning and getting involved in real world projects?
It’s just like learning how to swim in room vs. actually diving in the swimming pool. The impedance mismatch between learning and actual implementation can only be reduced via proper guidelines form the experienced one.
I still remember when we had a tough time in demonstrating Wireless Car Control in our Final Year Bachelors Project. The connection with sensors, parallel ports were fine and even the program was running without any errors, but still the car did not move when it actually had to.
What we learn does not always comply with real world external factors like psychological behavior, environment, business trends, terrain compliance, Reactive Risks, conflicts, social norms, ethical concerns, sustainability, cultural values, patriotism and many more. These are the major gaps between learning and actual implementation.
Where do you think Nepal's IT field is heading? As there enough IT professionals in Nepal? How do you think they can contribute to the nation through what they have learned?
Nepal is a developing country. It is a place where there are lots of opportunities. IT is the only revolutionary tool that will lead the nation to a higher economic standards. The future of IT in Nepal is very good and can be best if there are higher dedicated governing bodies. IT professionals can take a lead role in framing the policies pertaining to IT, reviving IT parks in conjunctions with different colleges and universities. They should also pay attention in creating a functional public-private body in handling IT related International relations for creating job opportunities.
Why did you choose teaching as a profession? Are you satisfied with this profession?
I had never thought of becoming a teacher but now it’s my passion. My actual virtue is to come out of the class making everyone understand what they intend to.
How did you join DWIT?
One of my colleague had referred me.
What difference did you get in other college and DWIT?
Cleanliness, Discipline, Various Club Activities, DWIT News, and students getting exposure in real projects, student’s participation in handling day to day activities, English classes, and project work with well qualified mentors assigned.
Where do you see DWIT after 10-15 years?
There is no doubt that DWIT is expanding. It has become successful in marking itself as one of the best IT Colleges in Nepal. I am sure DWIT, in 10-15 years, will be a pioneer in IT Colleges. I think it will have the most sophisticated classes and technologies, best teachers, talented students. It will be able to produce students with required qualification, morality that will work for the betterment of the country.
Your Philosophy in life?
My philosophy in life is to deal with complicated system in a simpler way.
Your suggestion for aspiring IT professional?
My suggestion is to be acquainted with managerial aspects like project management, conflict management, risk management, documentation apart from just coding so that IT professional can equally compete with the business needs and satisfy user demands in an effective way.
They should look at the problem in a holistic manner, develop alternatives and choose the best one so that the product developed will be sustainable.