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Mar 5, 2012

Nepal Plans National Biotech Center by 2013

On 5 March 2012, SciDev.Net reported that the government of Nepal's Ministry of Science & Technology had announced it would establish a national biotechnology center (NBC) by 2013.  The center will cost US$13 million and its purpose will be to "research and development in agriculture, health, environment and industry" in an effort "to follow the success of its neighbours China and India in biotechnology."

Team leader for the NBC planning project is Sameer Dixit, country director of the non-profit Centre for Molecular Dynamics, Nepal. Another member of the NBC planning team is Makunda Ranjit, president of the Nepal Biotechnology Association.

Currently, Nepal has no government agency to oversee biotechnology development.  Historically, up until now, interest in the biotechnology has been limited to:

* 1982, establishment of a biotech unit created at the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology;
* 1997, establishment of a biotech unit at the Nepal Agriculture Research Council (NARC).
* 2003, undergraduate degree in biotechnology offered at Kathmandu University 
* 2009, masters degree in biotechnology offered at Tribhuvan University. 

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