First Young Scientists Summit in Nepal

COVER STORY By Bijay Kumar Puri

Last month, Nepal Polymer Institute in co-ordination with Barainycube Research Organization organized Nepal’s first Young Scientist Summit (YSS) 2016 at Hotel Pacific Jamal, Kathmandu, Nepal. The summit was held from 4 to 5 June 2016 with the theme “Our Young Scientists: Our Strength: Our Hope.” The YSS discussed the latest development in science and technology, how research could be harnessed to address our national challenges, and opportunities available for young scientists. In two days program, there were panel discussions and research project presentation. Participants from multidisciplinary fields like physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, medicine and engineering represented their current research project in their respective areas. In the Summit sixty-two research projects were represented, and the best research projects were selected and they will be attending Asia Pacific Young Science Summit.

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Young science summit (YSS) is an endeavor of Nepal polymer institute to promote the involvement of high school student as well as young researcher and students in science and technology and innovation activities in the country through research ideas and projects. YSS motto is youth’s participation for the prosperity of the nation through science and technology. It aims at identifying and recognizing the Nepalese genius minds and promoting their aspiration in the prosperity of the country. Prof. Dr. Jibraj Pokharel, the vicechancellorr of NAST, inaugurated the program, and Dr. Rajesh Pandit held the Chairmanship of program started with the greeting message from the director of Nepal polymer institute Prof. Dr. Rameshowr Adhikari.

One of the organizer of the summit Mrs. Jyoti Giri said “the main purpose of the program was to excite and inspire bright young scientists to research and development that address national and international challenges and humanity’s future needs.” In panel discussion, National and international scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, leaders discussed the opportunity and the problem faced by young scientists in Nepal and global opportunities available in research & development programs. They illuminated the importance of science and technology for the development of our nation. There was question answer session after each panel discussion. Dr. Bhim Kafle moderated the first Panel-Discussion with Panelists Dr. Rabindra Dhakal, Dr. Bhupal Shrestha, Prof. Husco Andrew, Dr. Rajendra Gyawali and discussed the various roles of The world Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and its importance for researchers from developing country. In the discussion, they pointed out the fundamental problem in research and development in our nation. In a second panel discussion moderated by Dr. Sharmila Amatya Panelists, Dr. Netra Lal Bhandari, Dr. Bhanubhakta Neupane, Dr. Mahindra Aryal, Dr. Jitendra Upadhya discussed the Ph.D. program criteria and challenges. Researchers were briefed about the criteria for Ph.D. in different countries like U.S., Europe, Korea, and Nepal.

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Dr. Rajesh Pandit moderated the 3rd-panel Discussion with Panelists Sahil Agrawal – Shankar Group – entrepreneur, Dr. Mahendra Thapa – Uniglobe HOD Chemistry – KIAS, Mr. Manish Pratap – B-Tech, EMBA, Mr. Bikash Gurung – B.E. Electronics, Mr. Khim Panthi– Youth leader, especially discussed about the entrepreneurship and leadership. The utilization of the scientific findings for the industrial purposes that can be useful in the daily lives of people was emphasized in the discussion. The 4th-panel discussion Moderated by Jyoti Giri, with Panelists ex-minister of science and technology Er. Ganesh Shah, Prof. Dr. Jorhn Kurl Germany, Dr. Sitaram Pd.Byahut, Er. Akash Deo, Dr. Yuvaraj Pd. Pokharel discussed National and international opportunities for young scientists. “ This summit helped us to engage and connect with other like-minded young scientists & researchers and renowned scientific leaders. It is an opportunity for any student around the country to build the kind of networks that will allow them to pursue their research passions and succeed.” participant Ramu Khatri said. There were 62 projects exhibited by young scientists.”It’s a great opportunity for a young researcher from University, and even high school to show their talent, innovation, and caliber in a big platform at the national level.” Co-ordinator of the program Er. Akash Deo said.

Students from St. XavierSchool Jwalakhel Isha Deo, Yeshi Chonzom, presented a project based on the idea of using waste materials along with a cement and gypsum to build houses and household items. They said the main aim of their project was to create houses, using natural biodegradable and easily available sources, which could prove to be cheap and help victims of natural disaster for immediate permanent/ temporary shelter. A team of Indu Khadka from Central Department of Chemistry Tribhuvan University, explained their finding on Removing of Arsenic (V) in Aqueous Medium using Wheat Straw Dust/ Polyaniline Composites.Yadav Prasad Kandel from Central Department of Physics, Tribhuvan University represented his research done in the collaboration with Prof. Narayan Adhikari about the study of diffusion of glycine in water at different temperatures.He also explained the importance of molecular dynamics in analyzing dynamical and structural properties of matter.

In coordination with Motilal Sharma, a team of Dr. Bhim Kafle and Dr. Rabindra Dhakal’s evaluation committee evaluated the posters. Prize and the certificates were awarded by ex-minister Ganesh Shah and Kathmandu University dean of science department Prof Dr. Mohan Bikram Gyawali.

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