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Phutung, in the present context, is just a word that rhymes with photon, the smallest unit of energy of light. However, the world itself has been used as the name of a village in the northwest of Kathmandu, possibly before 500 BC, since the Kirat era in the Kathmandu valley.
We are currently funded by donations and voluntary services. We have been applying and hope to acquire project specific research grants from several funding agencies. In the long run, intellectual properties such as patents and spin-off profit-making projects will also be our major source of funds. In any case, as a organic social enterprise, we always depend on your constant involvement.
We see "lack of plentitude" itself as a research challenge: we seek to run a research in extremely low budget. This has allowed us to already commence and obtain initial results with several projects.
You can apply for a membership by submitting this application form. The fund collected from membership fees will ideally be maintained in a savings account. However, this fund may be used for daily maintenance of the institute and to run a project, if funds from other sources are sort. The fund collected from the membership fees will not be used to pay the salary of the institute staffs.
  1. Involve directly in discussions and the decision-making processes of the institute as a voting member or an observer member in the general assembly, the most powerful body of the institute.
  2. Raise a motion and request executive board to call a topical or a special assembly.
  3. Inquire about financial and other activities of the institute.
  4. Request the executive board to personally review and examine records and reports of the company.
  5. Receive special priority to invest in profit-making ventures to spin-off from the institute’s research, development and incubation projects.
  1. General Membership: Applicants must be Nepalese citizen of good standing and must be currently residing in Nepal. These members pay a membership fee of NPR 5,000 for the first time and NPR 1,000 renewal fee on every subsequent financial year.
  2. Life Membership: Every Nepalese citizen of good standing is eligible to apply for a life membership. He/she enjoys benefits of a general members or an observer member throughout his/her life. These members pay a one-time membership fee of Rs. 50,000 ( = 500 US$ , or equivalent).
  3. Observer Membership: Applicants must either be non-Nepalese citizen or be currently residing outside Nepal. Observer members can attend, advise, speak and raise a motion in a meeting by being physically present or via video conferencing. Since Observer members are designated as non-resident members, they can not vote in a general meeting, although they can exercise all other rights and the benefits of general membership. Note that the lists of agendas that can be discussed via Internet will not include classified matters that are to be held secret in the Internet for company’s interest. Observer members are required to pay an Observer Membership fee of NPR 15,000 (= US$ 150 or equivalent) for the first financial year of membership and NPR 5,000 (=US$ 50 or equivalent) as renewal fee on every subsequent financial year.
  4. Honorary Membership: The executive board confers honorary memberships to the eligible candidates who have outstanding contribution or, have demonstrated exceptional competence in the field of science, technology, arts, law, commerce, and other fields of social welfare. Honorary members have advisory role in the institute, need not pay a fee and will not vote in a meeting.

We see NAST more as a governement body coordinating and supporting research in the country, rather than an organization conducting a research itself, although NAST is frequently seen to be directly involved in research. Currently, we are seeking funds and other support from NAST.

The quality of research output from the universities and research organizations, as measured using metrics like the number of peer-reviewed international publications and their citations, number of patents and inventions, is disappointingly low. We believe that private research initiatives like ours, collaborate rather than competing with the existing research organizations and industries, are very important to improve the current situation.

As far as our goal, of promoting innovation and research in the country, is concerned, we are on the same page as that of Dr. Pun's NIC. However, NIC is incorporated as an organization aiming to support innovation rather than an organization conducting research and development itself. We foresee strong collaboration and mutual support with NIC.