Kathmandu, January 19:
The BP Koirala Memorial Planetarium, Observatory and Science Museum Development Board will establish a planetarium in the Tribhuvan University and observatory at Nagarkot within a year.
Observatories will be established across the country very soon, director of the board Shreeharsha Koirala said. â€œSome countries have already consented to contribute to
establish the observatory,â€ he said at the closing ceremony of the fifth school on astronomy and astrophysics today.
â€œTopographically, Nepal is very suitable for astronomical study, the favourable climate and Himalayas are complimentary to develop Nepal as an international astrological centre,â€ said Sanat Kumar Sharma, assistant executive director of the board.
â€œPresently, when the western world is trying to invade planets, our students are poorly acquainted with astronomy.â€ He stressed the need to produce skilled manpower in the field of astronomy.
Dr Jagdish Chandra Pokhrel, vice-president of the National Planning Commission, said, â€œFor the construction of a new Nepal, the country must rediscover itself in the field of science and technology.â€
â€œWithin 20 years, Nepal has to be self-sufficient so that no foreign aid should be required in the field of science.â€
Around 120 students and teachers participated at the school. Ankit Rimal of St Xavierâ€™s College, Maitighar, said, â€œThe school has given birth to new minds who are willing to work in the field of astronomy and astrophysics.â€