CREEW Organized Reunion of its Research Grantees
December 23, 2019
On the occasion of 10 years of successful CREEW Research Grant Program, a Grant Alumni Meet was organized on 21 December 2019 at Hotel Shangri-La, Kathmandu. In the event, former and present grantees shared their views on how ‘CREEW Research Grant Program’ helped them in their early academic/research career stage. A total of 36 grantees including 26 former grantees were present in the program.
CREEW Research Grant Program is one of the annual periodic program of CREEW since its inception in 2008. The program aims to facilitate academic research for postgraduate students in the field of civil engineering, environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, environmental science, hydrology and meteorology, agriculture, forestry, and other relevant fields by providing academic research grants, and suggestions and advice on the research. Apart from this, CREEW encourages its grant awardees to publish their research in national and international publications and provides platforms to present their research outputs in national and international conferences and symposiums. In this decade long program (2008-2019), a total of 86 post-graduate scholars from various universities and academic institutions from Nepal and abroad have been directly benefited from the grant program. CREEW also maintained the gender balance which is reflected by the ratio of female grantees (54%) to males (48%).
In the meet program, a special talk session was held on ‘From Research to Innovation to Enterprise for Development’ to inspire and motivate the young grant alumni by sharing ideas and learning of the successful academicians, development planners, innovators, and entrepreneurs. Dr. Madan Lall Shrestha, the former Director-General of Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM) shared his experience on institutionalizing environment and climate on the mainstream. Dr. Shrestha is presently an academician in Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) and focal person to Nepal on Asia Pacific Network on Global Change Research. Similarly, Hon. Dr. Bishnu Prasad Gautam highlighted on science, technology & innovation for prosperity. He specifically stressed on the need of the time to get out of the box to see the micro and macro level of environmental issues and its balanced solutions. Dr. Gautam is a member of Province Planning Commission of Province – 5. Furthermore, Mr. Rupesh Krishna Shrestha spoke on about translating research into an enterprise: putting text-into-context. He mentioned the need for breaking the stereotype of choosing only white-collar jobs or flying abroad in the way of career path. Mr. Shrestha is co-founder of Idea Studio Nepal. In addition, Ms. Sajal Pradhan shared her experiences on opportunities and challenges while choosing an enterprise as a potential career path. Ms. Pradhan is a young water entrepreneur and runs the water enterprise-Best Paani.