Research Centre for Applied Science and Technology Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal
The Research Centre for Applied Science and Technology (RECAST) was established on September 8, 1977 as a premier Research and Development (R and D) institution within the organizational framework of Tribhuvan University. RECAST functioned as a secretariat to the National Council for Science and Technology, Government of Nepal till 1999. It is designated as a national focal point of Asia-Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) of the UNESCAP. The Centre is headed by the Executive Director.
The goal of the Centre is to contribute to rapid and sustainable development of the country through enhanced R &D with the optimum utilization of natural resources, improvement and dissemination of socio-economically relevant and environmentally sustainable technologies to the communities and the institutions concerned.
The objectives of the RECAST are:
- To undertake research for the identification, development, conservation, utilization and dissemination of indigenous technology;
- To search and identify exogenous technologies appropriate to Nepal and explore their prospects for technology transfer and adaptation; and
- To conduct research in basic and applied sciences.
Research Areas: RECAST has been conducting research in the areas of (i) Renewable Energy, (ii) Natural Products Utilization, (iii) Biotechnology, (ii) Low cost Building Materials, (iv) Small scale Food Processing; (v) Appropriate Technology, (vi) Ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation, and (vii) Life Science.
At present RECAST has a total number of 55 staff of which 16 are researchers and 39 are administrative staff (including all technical and non-technical utility staff). The researchers have high academic and professional capabilities with expertise in the field of Renewable Energy Technologies, Natural Product Chemistry, Agricultural Biotechnology, biodiversity conservation, Environmental management, Food Technology and Technology transfer and Utilization.
Workshop and Laboratories: As a premier R and D institution, RECAST has got the following laboratories: (i) Chemical and Instrumentation Lab, (ii) Building Materials Testing Laboratory, (iii) Natural Dyes and Dyeing Laboratory, (iv) Fiber Testing Laboratory, (v) Food Technology Laboratory; (vi) Biotechnology Laboratory, (vii) Renewable energy Laboratory (viii) Mechanical workshop equipped with Lathe, Milling, Grilling, Welding, Cutting and other machines capable to fabricate the design works.
RECAST conducts research projects, designs and fabricates prototypes, offers expertise and consultancy services including instrumental and analytical services. It organizes national and international workshops/seminars and training on its own and in collaboration with donor agencies and other institutions. RECAST provides its laboratory facilities and technical supervision for conducting research to Ph.D and Masters students mainly from the Central Departments under the Institute of Science and Technology (IoST), TU.
The Documentation Unit provides services mainly to the RECAST researchers. It also responds to external request from other science and technology related institutes, students as well as university faculties. Recently, with the generous support from APCTT/UNESCAP, RECAST has established Web based Nepal National Innovation System (NIS) Resource Centre at the Documentation Unit.
Major R and D Activities
RECAST has been conducting research and development activities on the following areas:
- “Fabrication and Testing of Biomass Gasification for Rural Electrification” funded by University Gant Commission (UGC),
- Action Research on “Rocket Dryer Technology for Large Cardamom” supported by the Netherlands Development Cooperation SNV/Nepal
- “Exploration and Utilization of the Indigenous Renewable Oil resources in Nepal” funded by University College Northampton U.K, Oxford Brookes University, U.K, British Council, British Embassy.
- “Bio-prospecting of Enthno-medicinal plants of Nepal for Conservation of Biological and Cultural Resources” supported by Volkes Wagon Foundation, Germany.
- Development of Gassifier Stove for domestic use.
- Dissemination of Indigenous and Traditional Rural Technologies for Micro-Enterprise Development in Nepal.
- Development of standard testing protocols for improved cooking stoves.
- Studies on high altitude natural resources (Seabuckthorn) for economic development of remote areas of Nepal.
- Technology development for natural product utilization.
- “Application of Science and Technology for Development” funded by UNFSSTD/UNDP
- Development of building materials for low cost housing.
- Research and development of traditional water mill.
- “Renewable Energy Technologies in Asia: A Regional Research and Dissemination Program” funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) through Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand.
- A Study on Dye Yielding Plants of Nepal
- Chemical and Biological Investigation of Nepalese medicinal plants for hypoglycemic (antidiabetic) activity.
- Knowledge dissemination of Rocket Dryer Technology for cardamom at national level supported by the Netherlands Development Cooperation SNV/Nepal.
RECAST has international linkages with Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (SIDA), FAO / Regional Wood Energy Development Programme (RWEDP), Bangkok, Asia Regional Cook stove Programme (ARECOP), Yogyakarta, Indonesia, JICA / JOCV, Japan, The British Council, World Wildlife Fund, Nepal. RECAST is the focal point of Asia and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT / ESCAP), New Delhi and UNESCO/ASTINFO the regional office Bangkok. It has also scientific collaboration with University College Northampton and Oxford Brookes University, U.K., ITR, Switzerland and Karlsruhe University, Germany. RECAST has recently signed an academic collaboration with University of Hamburg and University of Tubingen, Germany for conducting studies on the effects of climate change in tree-line in the Rolwaling Range in Nepal Himalaya.
An Honor for Pioneering Action
The Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC), under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment paid an honor to RECAST, on 18th July, 2012, for its invaluable contribution for the innovative designs of Improved Cooking Stoves (ICS) which are produced by locally available materials and labor. The built- on-site designs developed by RECAST were a major breakthrough in this course and made access to thousands of remote rural kitchens possible. Most of the ICS models being promoted by Biomass Energy Support Programme under AEPC are in fact guided by the early designs developed by RECAST. RECAST expresses its gratefulness to AEPC and the Ministry of, Science, Technology and Environment, Government of Nepal for this honor.
RECAST sincerely requests to establish strategic partnerships with national and international academic institutions, government, private sectors, and community based organizations to address the country’s socio-economic, cultural and environmental issues and enhance R & D for Green and Prosperous Nepal.
Prof. Ram P. Chaudhary, Ph.D.
RECAST, TU, Kirtipur
P.O. Box 1030, Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone: (977-1) 4330348 (Off); 9841283652 (Cell)
Fax: (977-1) 4331303
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