Youth Scientist Research Support Program run to promote scientific research: PM Dahal

Published On: November 9, 2023 02:00 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Nov 9: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has asserted that the Youth Scientist Research Support Program has been implemented through the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) to enhance research and development of science and technology.

Addressing NAST's 46th Academic Assembly today, PM Dahal said that this program has been implemented from the current fiscal year for creating an environment conducive for developing the research capacity of Nepali youths.

"The present age is an age of science, technology and innovation. There cannot be a differing opinion that innovation and novel technology play an important role in making the country prosperous, linking with production for economic development and uplifting the people's living standard," said  the Prime Minister, who is also the NAST Chancellor.

He thanked NAST and its associated organizations for whatever they have done towards the promotion and expansion of science and technology through cooperation and collaboration with researchers by remaining active in science and technology research.

The PM stated that as a student of science himself, he was aware about the capacity and contribution of Nepali scientists and technologists in the field of science and technology. He maintained that although NAST has not been able to carry out many works in terms of development of domestic technology by prioritizing innovation, the initiatives it has undertaken for archiving and setting up laboratories centered on the same are exemplary.

"Internalizing the present need for Nepal to enter the space age, the government has placed a nano-satellite in space through NAST and I am pleased to know that you scientists are working together in preparation for sending the Munal satellite to space in partnership with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), bringing on board the youth scientists and collaborating with other organizations as well," the Prime Minister said.

On the occasion, the Prime Minister said works to establish a specialized research center in all provinces at the initiatives of NAST have already begun to promote science and technology at the province-level. He said the concerns of NAST employees and scientists are being addressed gradually.

Describing NAST as a specialized agency with specific roles and vision, he said its leadership is expected to make the presence of the organization more vibrant, contributing to the capacity enhancement of the people concerned.    

According to him, science, technology initiatives and innovations in 40 years through the budget of just Rs 4 billion are commendable, but not sufficient. He, however, admitted that the promotion of science and technology is yet to be the priority of the State. 

He apprised the meeting that during his recent visit to neighboring China, he held significant talks with his counterpart and other leaders for increasing mutual assistance for the development of science and technology.

"The contemporary time demands more attention to science and technology," he said, urging scientists to propose projects as per the needs of the country.



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