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.