BHAKTAPUR, August 14: Generally, industrialists focus on profits as the purpose of establishing their industries, but one industry in Bhaktapur has moved forward with the goal of developing itself as a research center along with profits.
Eco Panel Nepal, located at Changu Narayan Municipality-2,Jhaukhel, Bhaktapur, has said that it has moved ahead with a plan to develop the research center to allow students and other researchers to carry out research on the subject.
With the industry not fully operational, the industry has begun to provide space for research already. Three students of Kathmandu University are currently doing internships in the industry. Three students studying their final year in the bachelor of Chemical Science and Engineering at the university, Rasharal Dhwaju, Rojish Prajapati and Urgen Tamang, are doing internships for two months.
They are doing internships there according to their credit course under the Department of Chemical Science and Engineering of the university.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Eco Panel Nepal, Engineer Krishna Bhakta Duwal, said that the students have been given space with a plan to develop the industry as a research center. Duwal, who is currently pursuing his PhD in Resources and Environmental Engineering at Wuhan University of Technology in China, said he started with a plan to develop the industry as a research center because of the importance of research. "Research has to find problems and their appropriate solutions and it is useful for the whole world," Duwal said.
Urgen Tamang, one of the students doing internship in the industry, said that the opportunity to learn has been widened by having direct study and research in the industry according to the course curriculum of their study. He said that it would be beneficial for all as it would not only broaden their knowledge but also use the knowledge they have acquired for the benefit of the country and society.
Dr Rajendra Joshi, Head and Associate Professor, Kathmandu University School of Engineering, Department of Chemical Science and Engineering, said that students are sent for internships to various industrial corporations from time to time to broaden their knowledge. He believed that it would not only benefit the students but also the entire country indirectly.
Eco Panel Nepal's Eco Panel is a new energy saving and environmentally-friendly building material used as interior and exterior partition walls. It is the eco panel company with the largest investment in Nepal so far. The industry is spread over an area of 10 ropanis of Jhaukhel in the district.
The eco panel is lightweight and earthquake resistant. It is also a sound-resistant fire controller. Therefore, the demand for eco-panels is increasing across the country.