Experts stress on the need for technology transfer

Published On: August 30, 2017 01:46 AM NPT By: Bibek Raj Sharma

KATHMANDU, August 30: After claiming to have successfully converted carbon dioxide (CO2) into energy using dark reaction, researchers and scientists in Nepal said that there needs to be more research centers and Technology Transfer Division(TTD) so that research and investigation done by academicians can be secured and protected from being infringed upon.

The Department of Biotechnology at the Tribhuvan University had some weeks ago claimed to have converted CO2 into energy in a breakthrough expected to have a great impact on agriculture and public health. However the claim of made by the department has not been released in any scientific journals.

Dr Pramod Aryal, a senior scientist, said, "There needs to be more research centers and TTD in academic institutions in Nepal as it will help both academicians and students in innovation of new technology without any problems."

TTD helps transfer technology of its origin to wider distribution among more people and places.

Dr Aryal said that it is not necessary to release their research in review journals because as it goes to public domain it is accessible to anyone. "There are other scientists who might want to duplicate our research. Multinational companies could also take advantage of it," said Dr Aryal, who headed the research.

However, Dr Krishna Manandhar, head of the department, said that 13 different papers have been published regarding their research in public health and agriculture in various international journals. 

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