First NRN Global Knowledge Convention

Plenary 1: STI Policies for Knowledge and Investment


Date: 13 October 2018

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Hall: TBC 


Science, technology and innovation (STI) are universally recognized as key drivers for achieving the development goals. However, to make STI work for the society, appropriate STI policy frameworks and participatory forms of governance are essential. The plenary session on STI Policies of Government of Nepal for Knowledge Transfer and Investment is deisgned to discuss on facilitating knowledge transfer and investment in science technology and innovation for the overall national development. Nepal’s national plan mentioned about the role of science and technology for the first time in sixth plan (1980-1985). The direction was followed by expansion of S&T related government departments and university institutes, establishment of national research institutions and science ministry, and formulation of S&T policy. A notable achievement has been the production of critical mass of human resources in S&T, which is over three for 1000 population. Nepal’s breakthrough in STI, however, is still in waiting. While finding out policies for knowledge transfer and investment, the plenary session will examine some pertinent questions such as:


  • Why it is taking time for Nepal to integrate STI in development mainstream since it adopted development plan in 1956, and what lessons that Nepal can learn from the countries like South Korea, Singapore and Sri Lanka which started development course in the same decade of 1950s?
  • Why Nepal has not been able to operate an internationally acclaimed higher education system (like IIT and AIT) in spite of producing competent human resources in science and technology?
  • What is the status of major actors (universities, research institution/councils, enterprises) in scientific research and technological innovation in Nepal?
  • Why STI does not get priority in the Government’s programme and budget, and investment in R&D is perennial low?
  • Are the STI policies been a factor responsible for lacklustre show or is the political economy hindering the transition towards creating innovation system?



Program Schedule

Plenary 1: Science and Technology Policies
13 October 2018, 08:15-10:40, Megha Hall
Chair: Dr Dinesh Chandra Devkota, Moderator: Dr Dinesh Raj Bhuju
Speaker/PanelistTopicInstituteE-mail Address
Registration, tea and networking
Kumar Panta Mr, Hem Raj Sharma DrWelcoming remarks by conference,
ContributedDinesh Raj Bhuju, Dr Foundation of science and technology in NepalAcademician, Nepal Academy of Science and Technology, Kathmandu,
InvitedEduardo Martinez, DrScience, technology and innovation federal strategy and policy in Nepal 2019-2022 STI Policy Expert Consultant, UNESCO, Paris,
Panel Discussion and Q&AFernando Quevedo, Prof Director, International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP),
Ganesh Raj Joshi, Dr Former Secretary, Government of
Malak Shrestha, Prof Vice Chairman & Director of Aortic Surgery, Hannover Medical School,
Rejina Maskey-Byanju, ProfHead, Central Dept. of Environmental Science, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur,
Sharad Onta, DrFormer Assistant Dean, Institute of Medicine,
SummaryDinesh Chandra Devkota, Dr Former Vice Chairman, National Planning Commission (NPC)