Kathmandu, June 5 (RSS): The National Conference of Young Scientists Conference, 2019 has kicked off here today with the aim of exchanging experiences and knowledge about latest development in science and technology in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) region.
Organised in collaboration between State 3's Ministry of Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment and the Central Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, Tribhuvan University, the conference has been participated by more than 100 young scientists from SAARC countries and the United Kingdom, Finland and Germany. Former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal inaugurated the conference amid a programme here.
Speaking on the occasion, the participants emphasised investment in science and technology for country's economic prosperity and social transformation. They also expressed the hope that the conclusions and suggestions from the meeting would help the state in the fields of science, technology, industry, tourism, forest, environment and climate change.
Former PM Nepal suggested that the government increases investment in science and technology, a key to carry out economy and social transformation in the country.
"Youths having efficiency enough to change the society should be made to get attracted towards researches and inventions. The government should encourage them by providing them a platform to demonstrate their skills, knowledge and creativity."
Expressing concerns about the exploitation of water resources, forests and lands lately, thus causing effects on environment, he urged all to be serious and act to control it.
Likewise, State 3 Speaker Sanu Kumar Shrestha said conclusions from the conference would be helpful in devising new policies to protect the environment.
Industry Minister of the State Arun Prasad Nepal said the conference would provide a guideline to take steps in developing science and technology in the days to come, while other speakers, the conference coordinator Prof Dr Dipak Aryal, Prof, Dr Rameshwor Adhikari and Prof Dr Binod Dawadi hoped that the meeting would help realise country's goal of 'Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepalis'.
A total of 35 young scientists currently working in different fields will present working papers on their researches in science and technology in the conference, said the conference organiser.