PM Oli inaugurates seminar on astronomy and space science


Kathmandu, June 13: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli inaugurated a three-day seminar on astronomy and space science organized by BP Koirala Memorial Planetarium Observatory and Science Museum Development Board here today.
More than 100 science students from higher secondary to masters level are taking part in the seminar that aims to deliberate on the researches and studies carried out in the astronomy and space science sector by the local community as well as the efforts made by the Government of Nepal towards that end.
It was shared that the BP Koirala Memorial Planetarium Observatory (BPMPO) has started working on a highly ambitious plan to send a rocket from Nepal to the moon.
The National Observatory has already been set up in Nagarkot and efforts towards this end were underway, according to the Planetarium Observatory organization.
On the occasion, PM Oli spoke of the need for Nepal to create its own niche in space mission. Oli reiterated that the government was committed to developing and promoting astronomy and space science.
The Prime Minister admitted that he was too excited to visit National Observatory in Nagarkot which offers a scientific observance and study on moon and constellations.
Also speaking at the programme, Secretary of the Ministry of Science and Technology Anupraj Upadhyay shared that the Ministry was effortful to develop science and technology well suited to the soil of the country.
Similarly, Deputy Executive Director of the BPMPO Prof Sanat Kumar Sharma expressed confidence that the Observatory was capable of sending rocket to the moon provided the government was keen to invest Rs 1 billion for the same.
Likewise, Prof Dr Udayaraj Khanal urged the government to invest in research and study of the astronomy and space science, arguing that the study of space and its exploration is very important in unravelling universal mysteries. RSS

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