PURC runs various research and capacity building programs independently and in collaboration with various collaborating institutions.

Research Grants

PURC provides research grants to the faculty members to promote applied research and innovation activities in the university. The research grants are provided in a competitive basis according to the PURC research grant procedures. PURC provides three types of research grants but the number of grants depends on the availability of the fund.

  1. Collaborative Research Grant
  2. Faculty Research Grant (Constituent Institutions)
  3. Faculty Research Grant (Affiliated Institutions)

PURC Seminar Series

PURC conducts seminar series regularly to discuss contemporary topics among the relevant academic and professional audience. An expert speaker is invited for each seminar to share his/her presentation with the faculty members, students, and general audience.

List of Seminars

SN Date Speaker Title Episode
14. Sep 22, 2023 Dr. Bhushan Raj Shrestha
Founding Chair, Nepal Research and Education Network, Kathmandu, Nepal
Role of Research and Education Networks in Enabling
Research Ecosystem in Universities
13. Aug 30, 2023 Dr Rajan Parajuli
Executive Director
Nepal Research and Education Network, Kathmandu, Nepal
Research and Education Network (REN) Connectivity in Nepal X
12. Mar 02, 2023 Dr. Kriti Dang-Longani
Professor, Ajeenkya D Y Patil University, Pune, India
Objective and Hypothesis Formulation in Research IX
11. Jan 05, 2023 Dr. Kalu Sharma Subedi
Senior Consultant Radiologist, Pokhara, Nepal
Professional Ethics of Health Professionals VIII
10. Jan 05, 2023 Ramesh Kandel
Activist, PVN Nepal
Value Education and Youth for Nation VIII
9. Sep 17, 2022 Dr. Purusottam Basnet
Department of Clinical Medicine
Faculty of Health Sciences, The Arctic University of Norway, Norway
Nanomedicines in Pharmacy VII
8. Jul 01, 2022 Dr. Govinda R Timilsina, Senior Research Economist Development Research Group, World Bank, USA Climate Change: Causes, Impacts and Economic Instruments for Mitigation VI
7. Jun 17, 2022 Dr. Daria Chrobok
Chief Executive Officer DC SciArt, Umea, Sweden
“From Scientist to Entrepreneur – my journey to become a Scientific Illustrator” V
6. May 30, 2022 Dr. Rameshwar Adhikari
Professor of Chemistry Central Department of Chemistry, Tribhuvan University, Nepal
Value of Thought in Science and Technology IV
5. Apr 28, 2022 Dr. Chiranjibi Nepal, Former Governor
Nepal Rastra Bank, Nepal
Contemporary Challenges of Nepalese Economy III
4. Apr 28, 2022 Dr. Rabindra Bhandari, Professor of Economics Westminster College, Fulton, MO, USA Building Higher Educational Infrastructure for a Democratic Nepal: A Proposal III
3. Apr 28, 2022 Dr. Ajay Ghimire Educator and Entrepreneur Ace Institute of Management, Kathmandu, Nepal Business Management Education and its Alignment with the Contemporary Societal Needs III
2. Dec 10, 2021 Binda Magar
GESI Adviser, United Nations Development Programme, Kathmandu, Nepal
Equality and Non-Discrimination Core of Sustainable Development Goals II
1. Oct 31, 2021 Dr. Tara Sigdel Associate Professor of Surgery University of California San Francisco, USA Research and Innovation in Higher Education- an Elusive but Critical Component in Post-COVID Era I


NICHOD is a flagship program of National Young Academy of Nepal (NAYAN) and Pokhara University Research Centre (PURC) launched in 2022 and annually organized in collaboration with different supporting partner institutions. It is a national level competition of research students to present their research findings to the general audience in three minutes. The NICHOD competition is inspired from 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition initiated by the University of Queensland, Australia where graduate (master and PhD) students present their research in the minutes annually. In Nepal, NICHOD has been extended to undergraduate students in addition to the graduate students. NICHOD encourages and trains students to effectively explain their research findings among the audience beyond their subject domain in three minutes. With the main motto “Research for Social Impact”, NICHOD aims to bridge the gap between scientists and the community while developing students’ skills in academic research, presentation, and communication. Further details are available at

NICHOD 2022: The finale of the first episode was hosted by PURC at Pokhara University and supported by Gandaki Province Academy of Science and Technology (GPAST) and Prime Commercial Bank Limited, Pokhara.

NICHOD 2023: The finale of second episode was hosted by the Directorate of Research and Extension (DOREX) at Agriculture and Forestry University, Chitwan and supported by Boston International College (BIC), Chitwan and Ankuram Academy, Chitwan.