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Helping to Build Capacity at the Aquaculture Department of IAAS in Nepal

by Madhav K. Shrestha, Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science

New earthen ponds under contrsuction at IAAS.

he Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS), located in the south of central Nepal, started its postgraduate program in 1998. Initially disciplines included agriculture and animal sciences. The Aquaculture Department started its master’s program in 1999 with one student and very limited facilities—just a laboratory and research ponds. Three master students have already graduated to date.

My involvement in the Aquaculture CRSP directly or indirectly has been since 1989 when I was doing my master’s degree thesis at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Thailand. This work was supported by a supplementary part of AITs research fund. Further support for my doctoral research was provided during 1991 to 1994 at AIT. Finally, I was supported by the Aquaculture CRSP while a postdoctoral research fellow at AIT.

Following a period of discussion with the regional Aquaculture CRSP team at AIT on the possibility of starting a new CRSP site in south Asia and Nepal, a research study at IAAS was approved under the Tenth Work Plan. This work, which supported Narayan Pandit’s master’s thesis research (see Graduate Student Profile, facing page), is now completed.

New Aquaculture CRSP research under the Eleventh Work Plan is presently getting underway.

The Aquaculture CRSP has been instrumental to our aquaculture department in capacity building in research, developing science facilities, and ultimately in providing quality education at IAAS. This is a great help to developing countries.

Experimental tanks at IAAS.

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