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STEPI’s 2nd visit to Nepal to design IRDP Master Plan and jointly host Kick-off Workshop with KU
From March 31 to April 11, STEPI Consortium carried out a visit to Nepal for establishing the first phase of Masterplan in KOICA’s IRDP Project (Integrated Rural Development of Nepal through Strengthening Research and Development Capacity of Kathmandu University). The visiting team was comprised of 11 experts and each expert carried out in-depth study for the developing first phase Masterplan.

The team visited Bahunepati Health Center and Manekharka Outreach Center of Dhulikhel Hospital. The purpose of the visit was; to identify community’s technological demand as well as discuss how Nepal Technology Innovation Center (NTIC) can contribute to rural development of Nepal. The team met with local women’s group and learned about various activities supported by outreach centers.

Dhulikhel Hospital is an independent, and non-profit hospital that provides quality health care services at an affordable price. In order to extend health service to remote rural areas, Dhulikhel Hospital has established 21 outreach centers. Outreach centers contribute to improving people’s lives by providing medical services and community development programs such as microfinance, micro-insurance, health program and skills development programs.

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On April 7, STEPI and Kathmandu University (KU) jointly hosted IRDP Project Kick-off workshop. The Workshop provided an opportunity that representatives from both public and private origination in Nepal participated in and exchanged opinions on future roadmap of TIC. The participating organizations include Ministry of Health, Ministry of Commerce, CRT/N, TU NITC, ICIMOD, etc. Each organization presented its roles, functions and activities.

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During the Group Session, each group discussed about potential functions of NTIC including Vision. Mission, Governance and Key technology Areas. For the implementation of pilot projects, participants put priorities on agriculture, environment and health areas.


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The team visited Center for Rural Technology, KOICA-ICT Center at Tribhuvan University, KU Technical Training Center, Turbine Testing Lab, Business Incubation Center, IT Park etc. The purpose of multiple visits was to collect data on Nepal’s STI and relevant activities. Based on findings, the team will design Master Plan Phase I to set a guide for NTIC.

The IRDP Master Plan will lay the groundwork for building Nepal Technology Innovation Center(NTIC) as well as draw the guideline for the Center’s operation. The planned NTIC is expected to function as a center for Research & investigation, Pilot production & accreditation, Education & training, Information management and Business incubating. The center will be able to offer rental service for space, equipment and facility for conducting various STI activities.
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