The Nepal Innovation Technology and Entrepreneurship Center (NITEC) is part of a program initiated by South Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT to provide science and technology assistance for developing countries. Located in the Himalayan region of Nepal, NITEC is based in the Pokhara University (PU) campus. NITEC aims to promote the science and technology capacity of PU through the development of appropriate technology that can be commercialized. It is pursuing projects to improve the quality of life of local community through appropriate technology based business.

Starting from 2015, Pokhara University (PU) jointly agreed with Handong Global University (HGU) in South Korea to set up the Nepal Innovation Technology & Entrepreneurship Center (NITEC) in the Pokhara University (PU) campus.NITEC is supported by South Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) to provide science and technology assistance for developing countries. NITEC has been supporting and managing numerous joint projects between Handong Global University (HGU) in South Korea and Pokhara University (PU) in Nepal. Projects range from the development of appropriate technology to commercialization, and encourage the active participation of Nepalese experts and local communities. NITEC intends to foster the appropriate technology-based manufacturing industry and spread local business models to other communities in order to raise their economic self-sufficiency. By developing appropriate technology items based on local needs into sustainable profit-making businesses, NITEC seeks to promote community-specific regional development that resolves the problems of poverty in each community.

The opening ceremony of Nepal Innovation Technology & Entrepreneurship Center (NITEC) was held in 26th January 2016.

Figure 1: Official opening of NITEC in Pokhara University

Figure 2: MOU between President of Handong Global University and VC of Pokhara University

Vision

  • Developing Communities through Appropriate Technology-based Community Business
  • Revitalizing the Foundation of the Manufacturing Industry in Nepal through Techno-Ventures

Goals

  • Develop innovate technology for processing specialty product for community enterprises
  • Disseminate renewable energy technology for community enterprises in remote regions
  • Develop manufacturing business based on appropriate innovative technology
  • Foster techno-entrepreneurs through techno-entrepreneurship training curriculum

         Yunsik Han (PhD)
      Principal Investigator

            Yougin Kim (PhD)
              Center Director

 

          Ravi Bhandari
       Program Manager

             David Sharma
            Project Manager

Researchers:     Byeongkil Shin (PhD)
                                                 &
                                        Shinil Lee
 Interns:      Binita Thapa (BBA/BI)
                       Bishal Neupane (BE Civil)
                       Narayan Bhandari (BE Civil)

 

1. ATET Workshop

NITEC holds Appropriate Technology based Entrepreneurship Training (ATET) workshops in order to discover appropriate technology-based business ideas and turn them into business. ATET provides participants the concept of Appropriate Technology and Entrepreneurship skills which helps in finding business items and starting up a business for the improvement of their livelihood and the development of their communities. Outstanding business items that are discovered through the workshops receive needed support in technology development, production and distribution from an R&BD team composed of HGU and PU faculty and experts in technology and business management. Some workshop participants are given the opportunity to pursue pilot projects and receive business incubation services.

NITEC usually conducts ATET workshop in Pokhara and C-ATET (community based) workshop in Kathmandu. So far, NITEC has held two ATET workshop in Pokhara University and two community ATET workshops.

Figure 3: First PU-ATET Workshop Conducted by NITEC in PU

Figure 4: Second PU-ATET Workshop Conducted by NITEC in PU

Figure 5: The First CATET Workshop conducted by NITEC in Kathmandu

Figure 6: The PU-ATET Workshop Conducted by NITEC in PU

Figure 7. Z-Camp. Business Innovation Workshop for Entrepreneurs

2. Research and Business Development (R&BD) Project

NITEC is running projects that aim to develop innovative technology for processing special Nepalese products for business purpose. R&BD programs promote the development of Nepal through various business-related projects. Proposal comes directly from Nepalese people and it goes under research process and commercialization after being trained in Appropriate Technology workshop. The detail procedure for the R&BD program is given in NITEC is running projects that aim to develop innovative technology for processing special Nepalese products for business purpose. R&BD programs promote the development of Nepal through various business related projects. Proposal comes directly from Nepalese people and it goes under research process and commercialization after being trained in Appropriate Technology workshop. The detail procedure for the R&BD program is given in the figure

Research and Business Development (R&BD) projects in Appropriate Technology Pokhara University (as year of 2017)

Past R&BD Projects
School R&BD Projects
1.     Engineering Microcontroller Based Automatic Water Level Controller Monitoring System

[Keshav Basyal, Chandra Prakash Subedi, Ramkrishna Chapagain]

2.     Health Sciences Development, Evaluation and Commercialization of Cosmeceutical Products for Hair Growth Promotion and Anti-hair loss Activity

[Prakash Poudel, Khem Raj Joshi, Nirmala Jamarkattel-Pandit, Pradeep Sapkota]

3.     Health Sciences Formulation and Development of Whitening Cream using Traditional Plants from Nepal

[Shila Gurung, Parbati Thapa]

 Ongoing R&BD Projects
School R&BD Projects
1.     Humanity Innovating Appropriate Technology for Allo Business Development in Nepal

[Ajay Thapa, Indra P. Tiwari, Rajesh Kumar Thagurathi]

2.     Engineering Interactive multimedia information multicast for museum/galleries

[Rajendra Thapa, Mahesh Shakya, Anup Acharya, Hari Lamichhane, Suryaman Shrestha, Shankar Acharya, Hari K. C.]

3.     Engineering Improved Pulping Technology for Lokta Paper Production

[Arjun Gautam, Basanta Baral, Binod Bhattarai, Indra Prasad Timilsina, Prashant Gurung]

4.     Engineering Microcontroller Based Hybrid E-Rickshaw

[Annanta Adihikari, Raju Wagle, Pharam Singh Thapa, Bishal Acharya

Bijendra Prajapati]

5.     Engineering Online Job Portal

[Sujan Tamrakar, Nishal Gurung, Niranjan Udas, Surya Thapa, Dudhraj Parajuli, Sudha Shrestha, Saugat Pageni, Abhishek K. C.]

3. Establishment of Research Laboratories

Establishment of NITEC Research Laboratories: NITEC has established and also in progress of establish the following research laboratories in Pokhara University.

  1. Engineering: Renewable Energy Laboratory
  2. Engineering: Appropriate Technology IoT laboratory
  3. Engineering: Mechanical Workshop
  4. Health Sciences: Himalayan Product Laboratory
  5. Management: Techno-Entrepreneurship Laboratory
  6. Humanity: Community Business Laboratory
  1. Student Appropriate Technology and Entrepreneurship Training (S-ATET)
  2. Community Business Incubation Center (CBIC)
  3. MITE (Master of Innovation and Techno-Entrepreneurship)

MITE aims to cultivate entrepreneurs who are seeking to improve social values, and to solve inherent problems in society through technology-based start-ups. Regular university curriculum for MITE will be offered by NITEC and PU. For the development of MITE Curriculum, Committee members of 9 people (5-PU, 4-HGU) were officially appointed in December 2016, and the committee is developing a curriculum for Master of Innovation and Techno-Entrepreneurship.