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Jan 6, 2022

Israeli-level high-tech R&D set up in Nepal

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Ambassador of Israel to Nepal Hanan Goder (2nd from left) Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) at the Israeli Embassy Tal Shvartsman (right) and Chairperson of NIC Nepal Dr. Mahabir Pun (left) jointly inaugurating National Innovation Center at Kirtipur today January 6, 2022 Thursday. Photo: Embassy of Israel in Kathmandu
Ambassador of Israel to Nepal Hanan Goder (2nd from left) Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) at the Israeli Embassy Tal Shvartsman (right) and Chairperson of NIC Nepal Dr. Mahabir Pun (left) jointly inaugurating National Innovation Center at Kirtipur today January 6, 2022 Thursday. Photo: Embassy of Israel in Kathmandu

With support of Embassy of Israel in Kathmandu

Research & Development (R&D) plays a very important role in the development of a country.

Thus, recognizing the importance of H&D hub, one of the development partner countries of Nepal–the Government of Israel has established a Research & Development Hub and High-Tech classroom model at National Innovation Center (NIC) Nepal (https://nicnepal.org) in Kathmandu.

The center is Israeli-styled high tech classroom consisting of well-equipped laptops, webcams, digital display screen, in-built sound system, air-conditioning, glass boards, and furniture.

A well-equipped room at the center. Photo: Israel Embassy, KTM.

The center was jointly inaugurated by the Ambassador of Israel to Nepal Hanan Goder, Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) at the Israeli Embassy Tal Shvartsman and Chairperson of NIC Nepal Dr. Mahabir Pun amidst a ceremony held at National Innovation Center, Kirtipur today January 6, 2022 Thursday, stated in a press release of the Embassy of Israel in Nepal.

In his inaugural speech, Israeli envoy Goder said, “Improving our lifestyle can only be done through research on changes in science.”

“This is what led Israel to progress and I am proud to be associated with this center that will make the progress in Nepal,” he lauded.

Expressing satisfaction at being able to build this hub, DCM Shvarstman said, “This hub is a seed for flourishing ideas in the near future as Nepali researchers and citizens can now invent great ideas for the benefit of the nation.”

“With the hubs like this I do hope that in the days to come, Nepal will be able to export ideas on a high-tech scale to the globe,” he stressed.

“Israel is a desert nation but fully fertile in innovation,” said Chairman of the NIC, Dr. Mahabir Pun adding, “This is a great initiative on technology. We try to bring new technologies, test them and put them to use in the best and effective way.”

“We will use this center to be connected with innovative centers in Israel and other nations,” he informed.

“In this hub, we support innovators who come here, will nurture homegrown inventors, innovators, scientists to promote development of the country,” emphasized Dr. Pun.

“The center will have long-term collaboration and support from Israel,” he hoped.

Also, there was a virtual meeting with the Yazamut 360 Entrepreneurship Center, at Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

Founder and General Manager of Yazamut 360 Entrepreneurship Center at Ben Gurion University of the Negev Ms. Dana Gavish highlighted the importance of entrepreneurship, innovation and technology and how important it is to be included in academics too.

She further expressed her willingness to continue this connection, have exploratory discussion and support and exchange ideas to make it productive for the development of the nation.

Also, a presentation by Yazamut, a parallel organization of Israel, was held on how the classes will be run and used.

Founder and General Manager of Yazamut 360 Entrepreneurship Center at Ben Gurion University of the Negev Ms. Dana Gavish highlighting the importance of entrepreneurship, innovation and technology through a zoom meeting. Photo: Israel Embassy, KTM.

Israel is considered as one of the high-tech nations in the world and an international hub for R&D.

Thus, the Embassy believes that this center will assist the citizenry of Nepal to explore their potential bringing innovative ideas to fruition where many potentialities will be able to convert into realities, the release added.

Aiming at developing and exchanging innovative ideas among the researchers, the hub will be the first of its kind R&D cum high-tech class in Nepal.

It is also believed that this R&D center in Nepal will serve as a focal point for collaboration with other nations’ and share ideas among the researchers to come up with innovative ideas.