Mahabir Pun's dream of donation-based national innovation center finally comes true
October 18, 2019 10:31 PM NPT
By: Kamal Subedi
KATHMANDU, Oct 18: National Innovation Center (NIC) was inaugurated on the Tribhuwan University premises at Kirtipur in the capital on Friday, which was initiated by Mahabir Pun, a Ramon Magsaysay award recipient.
Amid a function held on the TU premises, Flemming Topsøe, a Danish professor inagurated the center on the TU premises, Kirtipur.
"The center has a plan to introduce a Research and Development (R&D) culture in Nepal, and help nurture and promote innovation-based ecosystems for socio-economic development by employing both grassroots (bottom-up) and top-down approaches," the chairman and the founder of the center Pun told Republica Online on Friday evening.
The center, established in 2012 has received a fund of Rs 80 million so far. People from home and abroad have provided donations to establish the center.
Professor Flemming extended Rs 16 million grant assistance to set up the center.
TU, the central university of Nepal has provided land for the purpose of establishing the center.
Chairman Pun said that the center will manage financial resources by producing export quality mineral water from Himalayan springs, developing soft drinks from ginger and Himalayan herbs, and producing power from solar and bio-gas for sale, investing in tourism businesses etc.
NIC has also aimed at starting a software company to generate income for its sustainability, he said.
“We have a plan to promote innovation and entrepreneurship by encouraging the youths with ideas and vision to produce goods within the country and promote trade. At present, a total of 20 projects are being run by the center in various fields including bio-medical, agriculture, education, health and drone, etc.
The NIC has now expedited preparations for producing fodder for poultry and fish in Chitwan while works for the promotion of tourism and development of agriculture are currently underway in different cities including Pokhara and Biratnagar.
“We don’t seek academic qualification among aspiring and innovate youths. Rather, any motivated youth with vision and a proper plan will be aided with necessary funds and technology,” Pun added.
On the occasion, 82-year-old Professor Flemming was also honored.
Mahabir Pun is a Nepali scientist. He was awarded the prestigious Magsaysay Award in 2007 for his initiative to introduce internet and e-commerce in rural areas of Myagdi district.