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Our Founder Treasurer, Ms. Samjhana Thapa represented of Biotechnology Society of Nepal (BSN) in the Global Ethics Forum in Geneva on 30June and 1st July 2011.The main objectives of this conference was to provide an opportunity for participants to arrange bilateral meetings or small group meetings to follow up the conference in order to:

  • Explore bilateral future cooperation with participating individuals and its organizations
  • Prepare projects for implementing recommendations
  • Find partners for their own projects

Ms. Thapa showed her active participation. She was able to make network with different people around the world. The registration of BSN as the contact organization in Nepal has been regarded as a good achievement for the society and the country.

Nepal Agriculture Research Council (NARC), Biotechnology Unit is organizing ” National Biotechnology Conference 2011″ with theme ” Biological Revolution through Biotech” on 12-13 July 2011 at Khumaltar, Lalitpur, Nepal. You are cordially invited for the participation of the program. This program will be inaugurated by Honorable Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Nepal.

Venue: National Agriculture Research Institute Hall, Khumaltar, Lalitpur, Nepal

Conformed Speakers:

  1. Dr. Dilip Panthee (Asso. Prof. North Carolina State University, NC, USA)

Deadline for Abstract Submission: 17 June 2011
The abstract should be within 250 words and the topic should relate to theme of the conference. Similarly, you will be notified about its acceptance. The topic of the article should be purely research based except for status and policy papers.

Areas for the abstract submission:

  1. Status of the biotechnology research, production and development
  2. Tissue culture and in-vitro techniques
  3. Biodiversity conservation and utilization using biotechnology tools.
  4. Breeding and genetics using biotechnology tools.
  5. Vaccine and medical biotechnology
  6. Policy on biotechnology research, production and development

For further information, please contact Raj K. Niroula (rkn27st@yahoo.com) and Resham B. Amgai (reshamamgain@yahoo.com) at Biotechnology Unit (Phone: +977 1 5539658).

For details please download the document below

Notice & Program Biotech Conference 2011

April 25-26 – James Watson, a biologist from Indiana University, and Francis Crick, a physicist, were working at the Cavendish Lab in Cambridge, England on the structure of DNA. On Saturday, February 28, 1953 it is reported that Crick came into the Eagle, a Cambridge pub, and announced to everyone there that they had “found the secret of life”. In 1953 they proposed the double helix model of DNA. In April of 1953 the Watson and Crick paper appeared in the journal Nature 171: 737-738 & 964-967 (1953). US Congress declared April 25th 2003 as DNA Day to celebrate the completion of the human genome project and the 50th anniversary of the description of DNA.

In this regard Biotechnology Society of Nepal (BSN) has been celebrating “World DNA Day” every year since 2008 by organizing different talk programs, seminars, documentary shows and student awareness programs. This year also the day was celebrated under the theme “Biotech Youth Meet 2011” at White House institute of Science and Technology (WHIST), Khumlaltar. Over 250 students from biotechnology and applied biological sciences studying at Kathmandu University, Tribhuvan University, WHIST, SANN International College, LBEF College and GEMS institute of Higher education and other different colleges participated. The program was also attendant by more than 50 scientists and researchers from government institutions like NAST, NARC, NAFOL, Government delegates from Public Service Commission (PSC) and Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) and private sectors.

In the program Mr. Jivan Rijal from NAFOL stressed the need of DNA Databank for crime investigation, identification of missing individuals and wildlife management. He also sought for clear act and rules, appropriate education for judges and law students and support for scientific community for making the judgment based on scientific evidence.

Speaking at the program, Mr. Dibesh Karmacharya, Executive Director of Intrepid Nepal Pvt. Ltd. emphasized on the 3-C (Communicate, Collaborate and build the biotech Community) for the development of biotechnology in Nepal. Similarly, Dr. Sameer M. Dixit, Country Director of Center for Molecular Dynamics Nepal (CMDN) highlighted the role of biotechnology in public health and biomedical research.

Speaking at the program, Dr. Kayo Devi Yami, acting chair person PSC of Nepal stressed on need of taskforce comprising researchers, scientists, biotech graduates and concerned stakeholders to pressure the concern ministries and line agencies to recruit the biotech graduates via PSC. She also clarified that PSC only cannot recognize the biotech graduates until the concerned ministries demand for the post and also assured that PSC will work at high speed in developing curriculum for recognition of those graduates.

During the program, Mr. Ganesh Shah, former minister, MoST wished for capturing first Nobel Prize for Nepal in the field of biotechnology by encouraging the scientific community and graduates and assured that he is dedicated for the development for biotechnology in Nepal. He also said about the entrepreneurial activity apart from research for contributing economic growth of the country. He added that unification in work and sharing of facilities currently available is inevitable for sustainability and growth.

Mr. Mukunda Raj Prakash Gimire, Joint Secretary of MoST and also the Coordinator of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Technical Team said that government is working for the development of Biotechnology and also highlighted the Biotechnology policy of Nepal 2063.

Speaking at the program, Dr. Dinesh Raj Bhuju, Head of Faculty of Science, NAST focused on the facilities and opportunities available for biotechnology graduates and future works of NAST in this field.

Similarly, Dr. Mukunda Ranjit, President of Nepal Biotech Association (NBA) highlighted the need of government investment, as India has done in early 90s, for the development of Biotechnology.

Similarly, Dr. Janardan Lamichhane, Vice President of Regional Branch Office, Asian Federation of Biotechnology (AFOB) emphasized the need of technology transfer and collaboration among different international research institutions for capacity building and establishment of state-of-the- art facilities.

Speaking at the program, Mr. Rajiv Singh, Head of Institute, WHIST highlighted the need of collaborative effort among different biotech institutions for upliftment of biotechnology and development competent graduates.

In the program, Mr. Ravi Bhandari, Vice President of BSN highlighted current projects of BSN like e-bulletin, e-interview, article on demand (AOD), brain drain to brain gain and BSN journal entitled Nepal Journal of Biotechnology (NJB) which will ultimately enhance the academic knowledge of students, scientists and researchers in this field. He also added that BSN will come up with new projects and opportunities for them.

Mr. Prajwal Rajbhandari, a MS by Research (Bio-Technology) graduate from Kathmandu University focused on the unity among biotech graduates, faculty members for uplifting new born subject in Nepal and role of BSN in fulfilling this. Similarly, Mr. Hemanta Raj Mainali, Teaching Assistant and Biotech graduate from Department of Biotechnology, Kathmandu University said that involvement of youth is inevitable for development of biotechnology in Nepal and need of such program for making the awareness among the different stakeholders for collaborative effort.

The program was organized by Biotechnology Society of Nepal (BSN), sponsored by WHIST and supported by JHS Analytic Trader, Menaka Enterprizes, Intrepid Nepal, Chaudhary Group, Himalaya Distillery, GEMS/AUF and Everest Biotech.

Also, on 26th of April, Mitra Kunj/Nepal Science and Technology Development Forum/ Russia Centre of Science and Culture headed by Mr Ganesh Shah also celebrated World DNA Day on the topic “Talk program on Biotechnology”. Speaker for the program were Dr. Janardan Lamichhane, Associate Professor at Department of Biotechnology, Kathmandu University and Dr. Pramod Aryal, Chief Scientific Officer at Deurali Janata Biotech Pharma, a Biotech wing of renowned pharmaceutical company Deurali Janata Pharmaceuticals Limited (DJPL).

Core Team of the Biotech Youth Meet 2011

Organizing Team of Biotech Youth Meet - 2011

The discovery of Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is regarded as the milestone in the history of modern biotechnology. World DNA Day is celebrated worldwide on the 25th April to commemorate discovery of double helix structure of DNA by Watson & Crick in 1953.

Since April 2008 BSN has been celebrating the World DNA Day. Continuing with the same spirit, BSN will be celebrating the DNA day this year too on 25th April 2011, Monday. We are organizing National Program on Biotechnology with the title “Biotech Youth Meet 2011” on the occasion of World DNA Day 2011. The highlights of the program include:

  • Biotech Industries for two digit economy rise in Nepal
  • Acceptance of Genetic Based Tests in Nepal
  • Recognition of Biotech Graduates in Government Agency
  • Science and Technology in Nepal – Retrospect to Prospect
  • Government Activities for Biotech Promotion in Nepal
  • Documentary Show

BSN cordially invites all the well-wishers of Biotechnology to attend the program Biotech Youth Meet 2011.

Program details are as follows:

Date:     25thApril, 2011 (12 Baishak, 2068), Monday

Time:     8:30 am onwards

Venue:  White House Institute of Science and Technology (WHIST), Khumaltar, Lalitpur.

Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=214708948555417

Facebook id: http://facebook.com/bsnbiotech

For more information please contact: Mr. Ramesh Parajuli (9841107638, 9802034243)

Kathmandu, Dec 31, 2010 – Biotechnology Society of Nepal (BSN) organized a one day seminar on the theme “Brain Drain to Brain Gain” on 31st December 2010 at NAST Conference Hall, Khumaltar, Lalitpur. The program was organized in collaboration with Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), Non-Resident Nepali – Skill, Knowledge and Innovation Transfer Task force (NRN-SKI). The main theme of the program was about the sharing the knowledge gained by home coming students.

The program witnessed participants from different biotech colleges around Kathmandu. Also there was an enthusiastic participation of scientists representing different biotech organization and research institutes of Nepal.

Four speakers from different field discussed on several aspects of science and its development. Mr. Hom Raj Acharya, Executive Director (NRN-SKI), talked about the prospective of Nepalese students in Nepal and abroad. He also discussed about how NRN could help the innovative and young scientists. Dr. Jyoti Tandukar (Associate Professor, Institute of Engineering (IOE), Tribhuvan University) discussed on ‘Reinventing Success’. His presentation was inspirational and eye opening and based on contemporary issues in Nepal. He raised an issue regarding our habit of underestimating the market value and technical advancement of Nepal in the field of IT.  He provided some good examples where Nepalese technologies are used in the international market.  The importance of self-learning and being up-to-date in the field of one’s interest were highlighted in his presentation. The idea of information sharing was emphasized as pivotal.

Similarly, Mr. Ramkrishna Shrestha, a Computational Biology graduate (University of East Angelia, UK) presented on ‘The Next Generation Sequencing Technology and Assembly Algorithms ‘. His presentation included both traditional and the modern technologies being used in the world in sequencing.  He discussed about the research practices, particularly in genome sequencing and bioinformatics, and also on how new ideas could be converted into research.

Mr. Raunak Shrestha represented the iconic and leading organization in the field of biotechnology in Nepal, Center for Molecular Dynamics Nepal (CMDN)/Intrepid Nepal Pvt. Ltd.  The representation of the company was there because it is established by scientists and professionals who worked and studied abroad. The successful establishment of this company sets a definition of Brain Gain for all. Mr. Shrestha talked about the establishment of the company and its infrastructures. He also briefed about the current and future projects of CMDN/Intrepid Nepal. In addition to this he discussed how Intrepid has been conducting training programs and how it can be a possible place for working for the students of relevant field.

The program was concluded with a discussion session where guests were invited for free interaction with the speakers. The program was a success and first of its kind with such a unique theme.

The second program in the series is scheduled to be held at Central Department of Biotechnology, Tribhuvan University (TU), Kritipur on 14th of January 2011.

BioMed Central is offering a fund to help researchers in developing countries attend the conference, Parasite to Prevention. The conference, held in conjunction with Malaria Journal, takes place in Edinburgh, 20-22 October.

Researchers and graduate students from low-income and lower-middle income countries can apply for a conference bursary to cover the cost of their travel, accommodation and conference registration. Places are strictly limited. The scientific committee will award the conference bursaries based solely on the quality of the abstracts submitted.

The deadline to submit an abstract and apply for a bursary place is 6 August 2010.

This international conference brings together leading researchers and industry representatives who will review important recent findings in parasite and vector biology, disease pathophysiology and immunology, disease treatment, prevention and control. Attendees will learn about the latest developments in key areas and initiatives that are at the forefront of malaria research.

More speakers have now been confirmed for the conference, including Carol Sibley (University of Washington), Andrew Waters (Leiden University) and Tim Wells (Medicines for Malaria Venture).

David Brandling-Bennett, Senior Program Manager at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will give a keynote address at the conference gala dinner on Thursday, 21 October.

Anyone not from low-income and lower-middle income countries, can still submit an abstract for consideration if you register before 6 August 2010.

Lalitpur, an adjoining city to capital Kathmandu, recently hosted one of the major conferences on youth leadership. “National Youth Conference 2066” was organized in Staff College, Lalitpur on 22nd and 23rd February 2010. The event was hosted by National Youth Organization Federation Nepal (NYOFN), an organization that has 162 Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) as its organizational members. Its head office is located in Tinkune, Kathmandu.

The conference was attended by the members of the NYOFN and few other delegates and a mass of around 300 people. Also Biotechnology Society of Nepal (BSN) was represented by Mr. Pawan Bashyal (Treasurer, BSN). It was formally closed by Honorable His Excellency Mr. Pramanda Jha, Vice President of Nepal.

Following topics were discussed in the conference.

  1. “Political Parties and Youth in Leadership by Honorable Member of Parliament” by Rabindra  Adhikari
  2. “Youth, Natural Resources and community Federalism” by Dr Bharat Pokherel
  3. “Youth and entrepreneurship in Agriculture” by Janaki Prasad Pokhrel
  4. “Climate change, REDD and Role of Youth” by Bryan Bushly
  5. “Role of International Community for Youth Development and Peace” by Bishnu Pathak, PhD
  6. “Presentation of Swine flu and Bird Flu”  by Dr. Navin Ghimire , Avian Influenza Control Organization
  7. “Tourism Promotion and Role of Youth” by Tourism Board. Given by: Surya Thapaliya

The entire program was more focused on youth leadership and participation of the younger generation in the proper utilization of natural resources of the country. Climate change, Biodiversity and Natural resource management and Tourism caught the main attention of the program. Some of the speakers also stressed in ways to effectively mobilize youth and the community in main stream national development at local level. There were also discussions on micro-entrepreneurship and revenue generation form even the smallest possible means.

The conference was more fruitful in terms of exchange of ideas that will certainly lead to proper planning towards national development. There were also concerns over carrying the youth’s voice to the Constituent Assembly and making laws/policies that can encourage the youth community to participate in national development.

Human Civilization has been dependent on agriculture and food for their living from ages. With a booming population of over 6 billion people, countries across the world are facing a bigger challenge to feed its entire people with quality foods. And the recent climate change has pushed earth’s resources to its extremes.

South Asian region has some of the worst case scenarios and this region is seriously affected with food insecurity. South Asia houses 23% of the world’s population but hardly generates 2% of global income. No doubt it has the highest concentration of poverty and hunger.

Nepal is no different than this situation. Although being one of the heavily dependent countries in agriculture and agro-based products, Nepal has been facing food crisis from decades mostly due to lack of awareness within the professional community on how to effectively manage the agriculture and food channeling. Also negligence in all its legal and ethics side has also brought us to the present situation.

To address the current situation South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics & Environment (SAWTEE), Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development (LI-BIRD) and all other members of the National Alliance for Food Security in Nepal (NAFOS), together with the media partner, Nepal Republic Media Private Ltd., organized a National Awareness Forum “Securing Food and Farmers’ Rights in Times of Crisis” marking the World Food Day 2009 on 16th October 2009 in Hotel Annapurna, Kathmandu Nepal.

This program was attended by diverse communities including economists, sociologists, lawyers, government representatives, environmental activists, food and agriculture scientists, biotechnological entrepreneurs, media personals and representatives from various civil society including some farmers and breeders. Representatives from Biotechnology Society of Nepal (BSN) were also a part of the program.

The main objective of the talk program was to create awareness among the professional community and discuss about the food security, farmer rights and policies that guides these rights. The talk program was divided into two sessions each followed by floor discussion. The inauguration session was chaired by Dr. Posh Raj Pandey (President, SAWTEE) and Mr. Kamlesh Adhakari (Research Director, SAWTEE) delivered his welcome speech and presented highlights of the program. Dr. Bishwa Nath Tiwari (Professor, Department of Economics, Tribhuvan University) presented on “Global Economic Crisis and Food Security Issues for Nepal” in which he talked about various ways food insecurity is bringing on the economic crisis in Nepal and abroad and all the other associated contributing factors. Also in the program Dr. Krishna P. Pant (Sr. Program Officer, National Agriculture Development Fund) presented on “Global Environmental Crisis and Farmers’ Rights Issues for Nepal” where he discussed about how unscientific farming, animal feeding habit and agricultural practice can affect the climate change. Dr. Pant also discussed on how protecting farmers’ rights can encourage good agriculture practice and the ethics and laws associated with it.

In the following session, Mr. Dinmani Pokhrel discussed about his paper on “Interim Constitution, food Right, and Access and Benefit Sharing Rights” where he talked on various policies included in the Interim Constitution of Nepal regarding the farmer’s rights, access to these genetic/food/agricultural resources and its benefit sharing. The view point of the local farmer was shared by Mr. Surya Adhikari, a breeder/farmer from Pokhara. At the end, Ms. Maina Dhital (Journalist, Kantipur Daily) presented on “Media Perspectives on Farmers’ Rights” and here she talked about how media sector is advocating and creating awareness about farmers’ rights, food security and access to food.

There was a massive floor discussion on the various policy related to the access to the genetic resources, bio-piracy and Nepal’s possible stance and strategy on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and related modified foods. Also various issues related to the distribution of quality seeds and rights to those seeds were also discussed. Also in the program, issues related to the difficulties that Nepalese farmer’s and agro-based industries are facing to compete in the free market world and what are the necessary strategy that Nepal should adopt so as to encourage farming in these conditions. Overall, the program focused on the Right to Food, Food Security, Farmers’ Rights and its status in Nepal which can guide us to make proper policies in our new Constitution.

Understanding Biotechnology – BSN

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) – Arti S. Pandey

Food Biotechnology in Nepal – Dr. Tika Bahadur Karki

Status of Biotechnology in Livestock Sector, Nepal – Dr. Suderson Prasad Gautam

Drug Discovery and Generic Drugs – Dr. Pramod Aryal

Status, trend and application of plant biotechnology in Nepal – Dr. Hari P. Bimb

Strengthening Farmers’ Participation in Agricultural Biotechnology in Nepal – Tara Lama (LI-BIRD)

Intellectual Property Rights, Technology Transfer and Farmer’s rights – Kamalesh Adhikari (SAWTEE)

A National Workshop on Biotechnology and Development Concerns in Nepal was successfully held on 21st August 2009 jointly organized by Biotechnology Society of Nepal (BSN), South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics & Environment (SAWTEE) and Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development (LI-BIRD). The workshop held at Hotel Everest, Kathmandu was enthusiastically attended by sixty participants representing different sectors of biology, academic bodies, government and non-government bodies, and private organizations.

The objective of the workshop was to introduce the prospective of biotechnology in different fields like agriculture, food, health, biopharmaceuticals and biological production in Nepal. The program also focused on, intellectual property rights, technology transfer, community rights, and farmers’ participation in agricultural biotechnology and also on understanding the policy and strategies related to biotechnology.

The workshop was divided into four sessions with different themes. In the inaugural session, Mr. Puspa Sharma (Program coordinator, SAWTEE) delivered his welcome speech and presented highlights of the program. Dr. Posh Raj Pandey (President, SAWTEE) who chaired the program, defined biotechnology as technology for human welfare. He opined that in country like Nepal acquiring known technology is better than hunting for a new one. Mr. Tara Lama (Program Director, LI-BIRD) advocated on access to benefit sharing by related community. Likewise, Prof. Dr. Hom Nath Bhattarai (Vice chancellor, NAST) said good policies should be introduced and implemented for the success in Nepalese scientific field. He highlighted some of the constraints of Nepal government in adopting new technologies. Dr. Puskar Bajracharya (Hon’ble member, National Planning Commission) emphasized that biotechnology can decrease trade deficit Nepal has been facing. Concluding remarks of the session and vote of thanks was delivered by Mr. Ravi Bhandari (Vice-President, BSN).

In the following sessions, presentations on introduction to biotechnology and recombinant DNA technology were delivered by BSN team and Dr. Arti Pandey from Kathmandu Medical College respectively. The status of biotechnology in Nepal, research works carried out in different sectors such as agriculture, livestock and biological production, food technology and biopharmaceuticals was delivered by Dr. Hari P.Bimb (NARC), Dr. Sudarson Pd Gautam (CBPL), Dr. Tika Bdr. Karki (Kathmandu University) and Dr. Pramod Aryal (Everest Biotech) respectively. Dr. Mukunda Ranjit, Professor Dr. VP Agrawal and Dr. Hari Krishna Sainju highlighted different prospects of biotechnology as chair-persons. Discussions were held on different constraints Nepal has been facing and measures to be taken for active progression in the field of biotechnology. Overall program was focused on measures to be taken to adopt agricultural biotechnology as a farmer friendly and environment friendly technologies.