“My Vision is a Sustainable Himalayas Where Natives Don’t Have to Leave for Livelihood.”

This week we are publishing an interview with Malvika Nagarkoti, Reservoir Engineer with a global oil conglomerate, currently working on an oil-field in Kuwait. Malvika, who hails from Almora in Uttarakhand, is an alumni of the famous Sherwood College in Nainital and UPES Dehradun, as also the University of Dundee in the UK.




Where and what did you study?

From Sherwood College, Nainital, and did my B-Technology from UPES Dehradun;  Later, I competed my MBA from the University of Dundee in the UK.

What kind of work do you do? 

I am a Reservoir Engineer and I do Reserve Estimation for oil and gas and try to recover as much as possible from the sub-surface.

What tools, technologies have you learned?

I am aware and use much of the technology that is relevant and employed for my field within Petroleum Engineering.

Which are your dream companies to work for?

Any big operator within the Oil industry!

Would you get a job to suit your skills in your Himalayan Hometown?

No, not within the Oil industry.

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View of the Himalayas from Dotiyal Gaon

What kind of companies / opportunities do you wish for in your state?

I wish we had a lot of self start-ups in my state … with at least a few focused on agriculture.

Where do you hope to be in your career in 2 years, 5 years, 10 years?

In 2 years status quo, 5 years start something new and in 10 years develop what I started.

How many of your batchmates are working in your home state and how many are working outside in cities?


Which are the best colleges in your home state in your perception?

IIT Rourkee.

Who are your top 5 idols?

Sam Maneckshaw, APJ Abdul Kalam, Angela Merkel, Elon Musk, and Marie Curie.

Please provide us a brief background sketch –  home town, ancestral village, and interests/hobbies and current city.

My village is called Dotiyal gaon, which lies in the valley close to the Binsar Forest. The village got electricity only 15 years ago and has no means of occupation apart from agriculture, which itself has been dwindling due to immigration. The young are stepping out to find small jobs in cities to support the livelihoods of their families and all the village has left now is the older generation who have no medical facilities and no one to take care of them. There are still no schools which means that the inhabitants don’t have the tools to progress and compete with the demanding world.

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Walkways of Dotiyal Gaon

What  vision do you have for your Himalayan home state?

My vision is to have a clean, more sustainable Himalayan state where the natives do not have to leave their loved ones in the hope of finding livelihood.

What advise would you give to youth who are now completing school/ college?

Be open to opportunities.

In your opinion how can governments balance development and environmental /cultural traditions?

The government can try to protect the livelihoods of the natives and to have safeguards and policies to protect the natural resources.

The Mountain Walker recently started a series on the aspirations, thoughts, learnings, and world view of people from the Himalayan states of India. Over the last few years, scores of talented and educated professionals from Himachal Pradesh, Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, and Darjeeling have been pouring out of their Himalayan abodes and seeking opportunities in the cities and metros of India. This series is about them, and by them. 

(If you belong to one of the Himalayan states and have something to contribute to this series, write in to: editor@themountainwalker.com)

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