Interview with Dr. Jiba Raj Pokharel VC of NAST

Here is an interview session with Dr. Jiba Raj Pokharel Vice Chancellor of Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) regarding the development of technology in Nepal.

Why is the technology sector of Nepal developing slowly?

The major reason is we are not being able to prioritize this sector as it should be. We are not running with the technological trend.  Government is not focusing on this sector; they established the Ministry of Science and Technology very late. Along with the government, the public are also less interested in this field. Similarly, the investment in this field is comparatively very low.

Are you satisfied with the work done by your team (NAST) for the development of technology?

Well, we have tried our best during all those working hours. We managed to build different kinds of infrastructure and added some of the equipments which were not available earlier. Similarly, we enrolled many literate and skilled man powers in our team. Still, there are many things to do. We are in process of experimenting with different invention. Overall I am quite satisfied with our performance.  

Till date, NAST has invented many of the things but the public is incapable of using them in their daily life, why is so happening?

 Indeed the public are not being able to use all those inventions in their daily life. For this government should show some effort. Scientist only invents and discovers things they are not supposed to promote those objects invented by them. It is government duties to promote all those inventions. Government is not showing good effort these things, which is really a sad thing for the entire scientist of state. We do have numbers of useful and effective invention in our place but the government is failing to recognize them. 

 Will NAST improve its performance if the government increases its budget on the field of technology?

 Of course, NAST can improve its performance if the government will increase the budget in the field of technology. High budget will allow us to conduct various researches, establish labs, enroll numbers of skilled manpower and among others.  

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