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Department of Biotechnology, Kathmandu University (KU) has successfully organized a two days long seminar, “Application of Biotechnology in Industries” held on 16-17 February 2009 at Kathmandu University International Center (KUIC), Dhulikhel.

The main objectives of the seminar were to explore the application, scopes and prospective of biotechnology in Nepal by means of meticulous discussion and interaction followed by priceless suggestions from the experts in related areas.

In the seminar, renowned academicians, scientists and entrepreneurs working in different fields of biotechnology were present. It was chaired by Dr. Janardan Lamichhane, HOD, Department of Biotechnology, KU. In the inaugural session Prof. Dr. Panna Thapa, Dean of School of Science, KU, spoke on challenges in biotechnology form academics perspective. Enlightening the seminar, the chief guest- Prof. Dr. Dayananda Bajracharya, gave a marvelous speech comparing the science in the 20th and the 21st century and also stressed that professionals should be responsible and continuously try to advance in his particular field. Prof. Suresh Raj Sarma, VC, KU focused on the utilization of available infrastructure and resources. Also Prof. Dr. Tika Bahadur Karki shed light on the challenges of applied biotech form an industrial perspective. Closing the inaugural session Dr. Janardan Lamichhane highlighted some developments at Department of Biotechnology, KU and also gave a brief introduction to M.S. by research in Biotechnology program.

Following the inauguration session, presentations were given by some of the biotech professionals representing various organizations. Dr. Sameer M. Dixit, MD, Interpid Nepal highlighted on various research works carried out at Interpid Nepal/CMDN in the field of molecular human-disease diagnosis. Mr. Jiwan Pd. Rijal, Executive director, National Forensic Laboratory (NFL), spoke on various facilities available at NFL and its challanges. Also at the seminar, Dr. Pramod Aryal, MD, Everest Biotech Nepal (he is also the chief scientific consultant at Deurali Janta Pharmaceuticals (DJPL)), focused on the ongoing works at Everest Biotech Nepal as well as DJPL and their future plans.

Mr. Bharat Sapkota (a representative of United Team of Research in Microbiology (UTRM)) gave a presentation on the various research conducted by UTRM in the field of probiotics. Mr. Pawan Basyal, executive member of Biotechnology Society of Nepal (BSN) also gave a marvelous presentation highlighting the challenges of biotech graduates and also stressed on the steps the government, universities and industries can take to create a better opportunities in biotechnology.


The seminar was organized to provide a common platform for the people working in different sectors of biotechnology to come together and identify problems, propose solutions and design long term plans. The seminar was considered to be fruitful by many of the participants. The seminar was indeed successful in it’s objective.
The following are the outcomes of the seminar:

  1. Participants formed a group named “Advanced Biotechnology Research and Industrial Professional Group” consisting of distinguished biotechnology figures and young professionals to carry on the plans formulated during the seminar. The group aims to build a Biotechnology Incubation Center which in future can provide laboratory facilities cheaply to the budding researchers as well as generate funds by conducting projects and selling patents. The group has also aims to actively inform and pressure the government to recognize and invest more on biotechnology.
  2. The syllabus of Masters in Biotechnology was send to industries for suggestions for any modifications suitable to industries.
  3. Representatives from different Industries elucidated their work related to biotechnology and assured to take in more biotechnology graduates in the industries.
  4. Independent researches were able to present their findings to the scientific community.

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