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International Symposium on Biotechnology (Education, Research & Industrialization) was successfully held on 14thJune 2009 organized by School of Biotechnology, White House College of Science & Engineering (WHCSE) in collaboration with Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), Nepal Agricultural Research Center (NARC), Tribhuvan University (Department of Biotechnology), University Grant Commission Nepal (UGCN) and Prubanchal University. The symposium was conducted inside the seminar hall of the newly inaugurated building of WHCSE located at Khumaltar, Lalitpur.

The Seminar hall was enthusiastically attended by a remarkable number of international delegates, scientists, academicians, entrepreneurs and students representing various institutions related to biotechnology and life sciences. We would like to thank the organizers for inviting BSN to the program where four of our executive members – Ms. Barsha Poudel, Mr. Niran Maharjan, Mr. Raunak Shrestha and Ms. Sujita Mainali attended the program.

The symposium was divided into three sessions – the inaugural session, preliminary session and in-house session.

The symposium was divided into three sessions – the inaugural session, preliminary session and in-house session.

In the inaugural session, Mr. Yubraj R. Sharma (CEO, White House College) delivered his welcome speech. It was chaired by Prof. Dr. Ramavatar Yadav (VC, PU) who stressed on the progressive science and also shared his experiences on carrying out academic research. The chief guest of the event, Prof. Dr. Homnath Bhattarai (VC, NAST); put forward his concern over the challenges to implement biotech in national development and quality biotech education in Nepal. He also stressed in identifying the areas of biotech in which developing countries like Nepal can excel. Dr. Bhartendu Mishra (Executive Director, NARC) briefly highlighted NARC’s involvement in development of biotechnology in Nepal. Mr. Rajeev K. Singh (HOD, School of Biotech, White House College) concluded the session with vote of thanks to all the guests and participants of the program.

A short tea break was followed by the preliminary session, in which some presentations by distinguished international guests were delivered. Dr. Therstein Buch (University of Zurich, Switzerland) delivered his presentation on“Advances in Transgenesis Technologies for Immunological Research”where he talked about generation of embryonic stem cells, trangenes and molecular switch. Dr. Buch was followed by Dr. S. Ramachandran (G.N. Ramachandran Knowledge Centre for Genome Informatics, India) with his presentation on“Open Source Model for Drug Discovery: A New Concept.”He focused on uses and application of open source drug target database. Mr. D. Krishan (Banglore GeNei, India) delivered a talk on“Product and Services in Biotechnology”in which he highlighted the various products of GeNei. Finally, Dr. Anandhi Ramachandran (DOEACC, Chandigarh, India) gave a very encouraging and thoughtful presentation on“Basic Tools for Bioinformatics”in which she focused on use and scope of bioinformatics in life-science and biotech research.

The final in-house session followed after the lunch break where the leading scientists of Nepal presented their research works. Dr. Sangita Shrestha highlighted life-science and biotech related researches carried out by NAST. Dr. Shrestha was followed by Dr. Kanti Shrestha (NAST) who delivered her presentation on“Natural Product Chemistry and Biotechnology”and talked about various medicinal herbs found in Nepal and their use as potential drugs/drug targets. Also Dr. Pramod Aryal (Managing Director, Everest biotech) delivered his encouraging presentation on the topic“Non-conventional Pathway for Drug Discovery GSK-3Beta inhibitor and Vitamin B-12.”Finally Dr. Hari Prasad Bhim (NARC) highlighted various activities carried out in NARC.

The program also included 25 poster presentations of the research activities conducted by the students of various institutes of Nepal. The presentations were evaluated by a panel of judges and top three presentations were awarded. We congratulate all the participants of the competition and the winners:
First Prize:
“Project Work on Jar Water Sold in Kathmandu Valley”– Mittle. M, Shakya. R, Maharjan. R, Maharjan. R, and Shakya, S.

Second Prize:(There was a tie between two posters)
“Molecular Diagnosis of Huanglongbing (HLB) or Citrus Greening (CGD) disease of Citrus Using PCR – Based Assay” – P. Sharma, S. Shrestha, U. Budhathoki and C. Regmi.

“Prevalance of Echinococosis spp. Fasciola spp. And Gyantocotyl spp. In slaughter buffalos around IAAS, Rampur, Chitwan, Nepal”– N. K. Yadav, D. K. Singh, M.P. Gupta.

Third Prize:
“Microbiological Quality of Raw Meat Sold in Kathmandu Valley.”– Bhattarai. S., Sharma. A,. and Bhattarai S.

Participation of such a number of individuals having common interest of development of biotechnology in our part of the world was something to behold. The program was very encouraging for our ‘infant’ Nepali Biotech sector. We hope to see similar programs in the future that will help the wheel of development keep rolling.

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BSN has celebrated DNA Day 2009 on 24th April at Martin Chautari, Kathmandu to commemorate the major events of molecular biology . This is second program on DNA day since last year when we had organized a successful talk program on “Status of biotechnology in Nepal”. This year, we have celebrated the remarkable day in a different way with an endeavor of amalgamating art and science.

We had a documentary show entitled “Visions of the Future- The Biotech Revolution”, a short presentation on history before the discovery of double helix and an art exhibition. The presentation was delivered by Mr. Raunak Shrestha, a biotechnology student at Kathmandu University and the arts were created on the theme of DNA and Biotechnology by undergraduate students of arts at Kathmandu University. We would like to thank all the students of School of Arts of Kathmandu University for their creative support. We would like to thank sincerely to all the guests for their presence in the program and to all the volunteers for their humble support. The program was a grand success.

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.

Outcomes

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.

Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), the old lion of science and technology in Nepal has successfully organized country’s fifth National Conference on Science and technology from 10th to 12th of November 2008. The gala of scientists that lasted for three days had a slogan of “Science, Technology and Innovation for Prosperous Nepal”. The festival was attended by 1200 national and international scientists, adorned by 654 presentations including two special, five plenary and 17 invited lectures on 15 different branches of sciences. Few proposals regarding increment in government’s budget allocation for science, frequency of organization of the conference and others were made and few commitments were also made by Mr. Prime Minister, Finance Minister and other stakeholders.

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There were around50 presentations under ‘biotechnology’ and ‘food biotechnology’ section, 25 presentation in each field. Topics covered by presentations under biotechnology were, antimicrobial effects of medicinal plants, polyclonal antibody production, gene identification, molecular characterization and genetic diversity analysis, and others. Most of the presentations were based on using tools like spectrophotometry, RAPD PCR, ELISA, western blot and some bioinformatics tools. BSN members Mr. Pawan Dulal, Mr. Pawan Bashyal, Mr. Subash Rai, Mr. Salyan Bhattarai, Ms Diwa Malla, Ms. Rojlina Manandhar also presented their research works in the conference.

Biotechnology presentation hall changed after the first session on the first day. Biotechnology presentation supposed to be held at Dhrub Man Singh Hall, (A temporary hall prepared by making a partition in a corridor like place of Pragya Bhawan) had to be changed after a huge presence of audience. The hall allocated was small with space for hardly hundred audiences. Later, as the program rolled on, it started overcrowding and people crammed in to listen to the speakers. It had to be shifted to the main hall soon after the completion of the first session. We appreciate NAST’s arrangement and effective management for such a grand event but still. Can we speculate about an underestimating vision of NAST towards Biotechnology?

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President Saroj Raj Ghimire was invited to attend and speak on a talk program organized by Himalayan White House College. The aim of the program was to provide information about scope of biotechnology and problems related to its development. Mr. Ghimire, focused on roles and responsibilities to be played by institutions for promotion of biotechnology in Nepal.

Members of BSN participated on a workshop organized by Kathmandu University on 7th and 8th of December 2007. The topic of the program was “Future Prospects of Biotechnology in Nepal ”. It was participated by scientists from NAST, Forensic Lab, Central Veterinary Lab, and other laboratories and research institutes of Nepal. Academicians and entrepreneurs from different institutes and industries also participated and shared their views in the program. BSN representatives, Mr. Pawan Dulal and Ravi Bhandari attended the program and spoke on status of Biotechnology graduates in Nepal and prospects of Biotechnology here. A brief introduction of current status of this field in Nepal was presented. The speech was focused on areas that should be targeted for development of this field.

BSN organized an introductory program at Kathmandu University on 2nd December 2007. It was participated by a large number of undergraduate biotechnology students and faculties. As par one of our objectives of disseminating information, the program was to inform students and faculties about status of biotechnology in Nepal. In the program, speakers focused on the necessity for the establishment of this society, its objectives, motto and its ultimate goal. Information about membership and its benefits was presented. There was a section for comments and views of listeners where we received a large number of positive feedbacks.