35 No. 3
In February 2013, Nepal Polymer Institute joined IUPAC and became the Union's 61st National Adhering Organization. The Nepal Polymer Institute is a national, nonprofit, professional organization registered under the Kathmandu District Administration Office of the Nepal Government. The institute was founded in 2010 by a team of enthusiastic chemists working at different academic institutes and government bodies under the leadership of Dr. Rameshwar Adhikari, associate professor at the department of chemistry, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu.
The Nepal Polymer Institute is striving to accomplish the following objectives:
- serve the nation as a nonprofit organization working for the overall welfare of society
- establish and enhance education and research activities in chemistry, chemical technologies, and interdisciplinary areas of science and technology
- foster research in cutting-edge areas of materials science and engineering, with a particular focus on polymers, the environment, plastics based on renewable resources, and nanotechnology
- catalyze cooperation and coordination among different sectors (academia, industry, and the private sector) in Nepal to promote research and education in polymer science and technology
- encourage young scientists and students in related research fields by organizing workshops, congresses, and symposia; establishing funds for research laboratories, and for scholarships for researchers
- disseminate the scientific information among members through publication of newsletters, bulletins, and journals
Currently about 30 scientists are directly linked to the institute, with broad outreach to the national chemistry community. The Nepal Polymer Institute's activities, including POLYCHAR 19 in 20111 and the Kathmandu Symposia on Advanced Materials in 20122 have energized and benefited the chemistry community. Through its IUPAC membership, the institute hopes to establish closer contact with the global chemistry community and to participate in IUPAC projects. “Being a member of IUPAC”, said Rameshwar Adhikar, “will support our chemistry education and research in Nepal. We, the chemistry community of Nepal, are aware of the very important role of chemistry in our country’s development.”
Nepal's provisional NAO status shall be ratified by the IUPAC Council in August 2013, along with that of Mozambique and Argentina who joined IUPAC in July and September 2012, respectively.
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