The Science Street Fair-2076 has commenced from today at Jawalakhel in Lalitpur. Acting Prime Minister Ishwor Pokharel inaugurated the Fair organized by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and National Academy for Science and Technology (NAST).
Some 36 schools and colleges from Lalitpur, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu were invited to the Fair that aims to take the research and innovation to the society and popularize science and technology through fun and entertainment.
The Fair, as NAST claims, to be the first-of-its-kind organized in Nepal, will showcase more than 200 saplings conserved by NAST and will share information about the rural electricity, climate changes, earthquakes, herbal plants and how to use to them for medicinal purpose among others.
A total of 50 farmers are participating in the two-day fair where the experts will brief the audiences on every particular objects or innovations of NAST.
NAST has targeted the students to be those audiences who will be intrigued by the creations and innovations of the autonomous apex body of the government formed to promote science and technology in the country.
Speaking on the occasion, Acting PM Pokharel urged the scientists and researchers to move forward by contributing in the agriculture, industry, hydropower, tourism and physical infrastructure.
Stating that the above-mentioned five areas were highly prioritized by the government to achieve the objective of ‘Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali’, the Acting PM underscored the need for the scientists to share their knowledge and expertise with the line Ministry.
Pokharel underlined the need to incorporate vocational education by 70 per cent in the education system in the country to take strides in science and technology, which he said, remain behind due to the instability in the country.
Also the defense minister, Pokharel reaffirmed his Ministry’s full support to NAST if it comes up with the practical plans and feasible programmes.
On the occasion, NAST Vice-Chancellor Dr Sunil Babu Shrestha pledged to implement and expedite the programmes as awarding the best science teacher, female scientist, collection of non-flowering plant and advancing the science diplomacy.
Dr Shrestha shared that NAST had introduced the first email service in the country and had recently launched Nepal’s first nano-satellite Nepalisat-1.
Secretary at the Ministry of Education Krishna Raj BC informed that the Ministry was effortful to enable favorable environment for the researchers and scientists to stay in Nepal and pursue their work.
“Plans have been formulated to promote practical education, equipping schools with information technology lab , set up a fund to motivate scientists establishing research centres among others,” shared BC.