What is the progress of Biotechnology in Nepal?

Biotechnology is a relatively new topic in Nepal which was first introduced as a Bachelors’s level program at Kathmandu University in 2003 and as a Masters’s level program at Tribhuvan University in 2007. With regards to governmental organizations, the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) has a Department of Biotechnology which focuses on research in different fields to make life easier for Nepali citizens. As for private organizations, there are dozens of them exploring emerging fields ranging from biomedical sciences to plant tissue culture.