Research Centre for Applied Science and Technology (RECAST)
Research Centre for Applied Science and Technology (RECAST), under the auspices of Tribhuvan University is the only institution devoted entirely to the research and development activities in the area of science and technology. It is primarily concerned with the improvement and generation of technological capability in bringing science and technology for development and utilization of country’s resources as well as with the dissemination of socio-economically feasible and environmentally sustainable technologies at large. It was established on Bhadra 23, 2034 (September 8, 1977) under the present name. Prior to this, it was functioning under the name of Institute of Applied Science and Technology which was established in Dharan, in 2039/2030 (July 1973) with the teaching programmers of Food Technology and Laboratory Technology.
By 2018, RECAST will be valued, developed and managed as a Centre of Excellence for basic and applied science, and innovation technology for the essential contribution to human well-being. It will be managed as a prosperous, progressive and dynamic centre.
Its mission is to contribute to scientific and local communities for enhanced R&D through optimum utilization of natural resources, improvement and dissemination of socio-economically relevant technologies to the communities and institutions concerned. RECAST will be developed as an autonomous and self-sufficient centre encouraging dynamic research. To ensure this, strategic partnerships with national and international academic institutions, government, private and business sectors, and community based organizations established/strengthened functioning as the Secretariat of National Council for Science and Technology (NCST) of His Majesty’s Government of Nepal until 1999, the Executive Director of RECAST being the ex-officio Member Secretary to NCST. NCST was designated as the national apex body for the development of science and technology in the country. RECAST, therefore, stands in a good position to link both the academic community and the national level policy-making and co-ordinating body for science and technology. But NCST was dissolved in 1999.
An Honour for Pioneering Action
The Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC), under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment paid an honor to RECAST, on 18th July, 2012, for its invaluable contribution for the innovative designs of Improved Cooking Stoves (ICS) which are produced by locally available materials and labor. The built- on-site designs developed by RECAST were a major breakthrough in this course and made access to thousands of remote rural kitchens possible. Most of the ICS models being promoted by Biomass Energy Support Programme under AEPC are in fact guided by the early designs developed by RECAST. RECAST expresses its gratefulness to AEPC and the Ministry of, Science, Technology and Environment, Government of Nepal for this honor.