Ratnanagar (Chitwan), June 28: A two-day national conference on biotechnology kicked off at Bharatpur on Wednesday.
The event is organized by the Centre for Biotechnology, Agriculture and Forestry University, where more than 125 biotechnologists, policy makers, researchers and scholars are taking part.
A total of 30 working papers will be presented in the conference that will see its closure with the issuance of the National Biotechnology Declaration Paper-2074, said Centre's Director Dr Ishwori Prasad Kadariya.
The participants update the research progresses made on topics covering fundamental genetics to applied biotechnology besides deliberating on the strategies and plans and programmes to adopt in this sector, shared Dr Kadariya.
Kadardiya is confident that the event would provide the biotechnology students and experts a platform for sharing ideas and experience.
Underscoring the frequent discussion among the biotechnology specialists, he stressed that the government should pay attention to the development and research of the biotechnology.
The event, which will feature students' thematic art exhibition and poster competition sessions, also aims to highlight imminent issues impending biotechnology research and development in the country.
Inaugurating the conference, National Planning Commission member Prabhu Budhathoki stressed the need of using the biotechnology as per the current need. Budhathoki stated that it would be more effective if this technology was linked to food security by using it especially in agro sector.
Saying people should be made aware about its use and necessity, he pointed out the need of using biotechnology in bio-diversity and environment protection in the country.
Similarly, Vice-Chancellor of the Agriculture and Forestry University, Dr IP Dhakal, spoke of the need to use biotechnology as it carries out thorough research even by studying gene. RSS