Bisundev Mahato is a Resident Physician in Anesthesiology, having done his MD from Harvard Medical School. He graduated from Harvard University with a degree in economics, and was also educated at Brown University. He has also worked as an economic policy consultant in the past.
The unique thing about BNKS is that people were coming from all corners of Nepal. Before BNKS, Bisundev's village was his world. In BNKS, he found people from different languages and cultures, from very different places. He was amazed at the extent of diversity of thought, ethnicities and cultures. Most importantly, students from different cultures and ethnicities stayed together in BNKS with harmony. He thinks he has not found such a unique environment anywhere else.
Bisundev believes BSEF should involve and align the interests of all stakeholders to meet its goals. This includes alumni, future alumni, teachers, parents and other groups.
While still in college, Diwas Gurung became a founding member of the progressive rock band Ayurveda. After Ayurveda disbanded in 2011, he started a new project with Dan Halperin called Photoreal, where he is the primary singer and lyricist. Diwas Gurung is most well-known of his Nepali album “Rato Mato” and two EP’s - “Adhunique” and the self recorded/produced “Jharana Sahar”. Currently, Diwas divides his time on his personal projects and working as a producer/mixer for a plethora of budding Nepalese and foreign artists.
Diwas always valued the opportunities Budhanilkantha School provided to him to nurture his artistic talent. The cultural programs, Monday assemblies and competitions in the arts enabled him to exercise and hone his creativity. Therefore, he believes attending Budhanilkantha School was a privilege. He strongly supports BSEF’s mission to extend such privilege to deserving students.
Sumana Shrestha is a 2013 MIT MBA graduate. She has led initiatives such as Carpool Kathmandu and Medication for Nepal(MFN). The Medication for Nepal initiative was mentioned by President Obama in his plenary speech in 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit. MFN is now working to strengthening the public health system of Nepal.
Sumana believes focus on all-round development is the best part of the education Budhanilkantha School provides to its students. It is extremely rare to find extra curricular activities being valued as much as curriculum materials. She also believes that she has been one of the lucky ones. Through BSEF, she wants to do what she can for other students who are similarly deserving of the education at Budhanilkantha School.