Research Centre for Applied Science and Technology (RECAST), Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu organized the second young Scientists Summit in the country which was initiated last year by Nepal Polymer Institute. As per the slogan of the summit “Our Young Scientists: Our strength: Our hope,” the summit aims to promote the scientific excellence of the country from the school level to the graduate level. The two day program starting from January 28, 2017 invited speakers from diverse areas who can play significant role for the development of the scientific community in the country.
The chairperson of the program, the Executive Director of the RECAST, Prof. Dr. Rameshwar Adhikari addressed the summit by emphasizing on the untiring and dedicated effort with patience for the development of the scientific society. He inspired the young scientists in the crowd to aim to get the Nobel Prize for the country in 2030s. The event attracted young scientists from all over the country.
In the opening address, Dr. Monika Raharti from Indonesia, President of Asia Pacific Conference of Young Scientists (APCYS), stressed on the importance of international young scientists conferences. International conference is very important for young scientists.“The network at international conference will be valuable,”she said,“This is very good investment in the long term, that is what I would like to put stress on.”
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The summit also witnessed the panel discussions. Some very serious issues were discussed during this session. In the country where the collaboration between the academia and industry are rarely found, the experts from the different areas of industries gave their views and interacted with the academicians and the young scientists present in the event. One of the panelists of the discussion session, Ajay B. Pradhananga from Nepalese Young Entrepreneur’s Forum said “GDP of the country has the contribution of industries of 5.5 % in the present date which is miserable, if country has to progress then this percentage has to be uplifted.”
Experts also emphasized on the poor government policies as one of the major factor for the lagging behind of the industrial development. In another session the expensive science education, was the topic widely discussed. The experts put stress upon the free science education to all the people of the country as they themselves read free of cost. Even the children of the farmers who cannot afford the present science education, must have the right to the science education, the experts had the common voice.
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The program concluded with the prize distribution to the winners of the best posters in the different fields of science like Physics, Chemistry, Life Sciences, Engineering and Environmental Science.
The program was coordinated by a team of young researchers led by Khim Panthi including Kedar Dhakal, Prasamsha Panta, Akash Deo and Sandip Thapa.