Erle Frayne Argonza
Magandang hapon! Good afternoon!
People around the world are still savoring today the euphoria of Nepal and South Asia over the victory of the nationalist forces there against the monarchy which they abolished recently. The hegemonic victory of the modernist-nationalist forces there signal the shift to a new order of things, which will be marked by the growth of S&T and its impact on the physical economy.
The good news for the people of Nepal and sympathizers across the globe is the decision of the state recently to jackrabbit S&T via massive funding. The news is contained in the summary below.
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Nepal planning 12-fold increase in science budget
16 June 2008 | EN | 中文
Maoist leader Prachandra
Nepal’s new government is planning a US$125 million science budget for 2008 — a staggering 12-fold increase from last year.
The money will go to the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology (MEST), with the budget set to be approved next month.
Shortly before the country’s April elections, the Maoist party — which has the largest share of seats in Nepal’s assembly — released a manifesto declaring, “Without science a country cannot develop.” Prachanda, the party’s leader, has a degree in agricultural science and also taught science in a prep school.
Biotechnology research will be a focus — primarily to exploit Nepal’s rich biological resources. A biotech lab in Kathmandu is due to be completed in 2009, while MEST plans to construct a national biotechnology research and development centre.
Nepal often experiences electricity and gasoline shortages, so the government will also devote a large part of the money to developing clean energy, including the use of a jatropha as a biofuel.
World Bank figures on science spending currently put Nepal behind Burundi, the country with the world’s lowest per capita gross domestic product.