Second Phase Programs

Background of Integrated Rural Development Project (IRDP)

IRDP was officially commenced with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea and The Ministry of Finance of the Government of Nepal on February 6, 2018. One of the primary objectives of IRDP is to support Nepal’s rural development by strengthening research and development capacities of Kathmandu University. Another major objective of IRDP is to establish a Nepal technology innovation center (NTIC) at Kathmandu University. The NTIC is formed with the vision to establish it as an official entity to conduct all the programs and activities proposed in the master and the action plan after the completion of the IRDP project in 2023. 

The IRDP project was supported with a total amount of Ten Million USD (USD 10,000,000) for a six-year project duration. The grant amount and the total project duration are seen as a two-phase program by the implementing agencies.

During the first phase, IRDP open called and selected 6 pilot project ideas having a significant impact on Agriculture, health, and the energy sector. With financial assistance, constant guidance, monitoring, and evaluation, the projects have successfully taken their shape and ready to be implemented in their respective sectors. 

After the successful completion of the first phase of the project, IRDP officially inaugurated its second phase on April 22, 2021. The second phase of IRDP serves as strategic planning to successfully run and sustain Nepal’s technology innovation center in the future. 

The second phase of the program has its duration of three years starting from 2021 to 2023 and Kathmandu University will receive USD 1,382,290 to execute the project.

The Action plan for the second phase 2021-2023 is a combination of six cross-cutting functional programs. The six cross-cutting functional programs are Education and Training, Research and Business Development, School-Based Enterprise and Startup Incubation, Smart Health, Technology Database, and Networking, Testing, and Accreditation. Those cross-cutting functional programs lie in the center of IRDP’s priority sectors that are Agriculture and Rural Development, Health-related livelihood, Alternative and renewable energy. 

  1. Education and Training 
  2. Research and Business Development
  3. School-Based Enterprise and Startup Incubation
  4. Smart Health Technology 
  5. Technology Database and Networking
  6. Testing and Accreditation

The Program Leaders for the 7 functional programs are:

Program Leaders from NepalProgram Leaders from Korea (PMC)
Dr. Rajeev Shrestha
(R&BD Program Expert ) 
Dr. So Yonjo
(R&BD Program Expert ) 
Dr. Shailendra Jha
(Equipment/Test/ Analysis Expert)
Dr. Jang Yongsuk
(Equipment/Test/ Analysis Expert)
Dr. Biraj Karmacharya
(Smart Health Program Expert)
Dr. Kim Hongki
(Smart Health Program Expert)
 Mr. Rupesh Krishna Shrestha
(School Based Enterprise and Start-up Incubation Expert)
Dr. Kim Jin-Soo
(School Based Enterprises) Dr. Kim SeungWoon
(Start-up Incubation Expert)
Dr. Nani Raut
(Education/Training Program Expert)
Dr. Seon Jong Hak
(Education/Training Program Expert)
Dr. Binaya KC
( Tech DB and Networking Expert)
Dr. Kim DaeHyuk KC
( Tech DB and Networking Expert)