Research Centre for Applied Science and Technology(RECAST)
The Research Centre for Applied Science and Technology (RECAST) was established on September 8, 1977 as a premier Research and Development (R and D) institution within the organizational framework of Tribhuvan University. RECAST functioned as a secretariat to the National Council of Science and Technology, Government of Nepal till 1999. It is designated as a national focal point of Asia-Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) of the UNESCAP. The Centre is headed by the Executive Director.
The objective of RECAST are:
To undertake research for the identification, development, conservation, utilization and dissemination of indigenous technology;
To search and identify foreign technologies appropriate to Nepal and explore their prospects for technology transfer and adaptation; and
To conduct research in basic and applied sciences.
Natural Products Utilization
Low cost Building Materials
Small scale Food Processing
RECAST has altogether eighty staff including twenty-five professionals. The professionals include five professors, eight associate professors and the rest of them are lecturers and research associates.
Workshop and Laboratories
As a premier R and D institution, RECAST has got a well equipped mechanical workshop and the following laboratories:
Chemical and Instrumentation Lab
Building Materials Testing Lab
Natural Dyes and Dyeing Lab
Fiber Testing Laboratory
Food Technology Laboratory
Renewable energy Laboratory
RECAST conducts research projects, designs and fabricates prototypes, offers expertise and consultancy services including instrumental and analytical services. It organizes national and international workshops/seminars and provides its laboratory facilities for research purposes to postgraduate students from the Central Departments under the Faculty of Science of TU.
Major R and D Activities
Action Research on “Rocket Dryer Technology for Cardamom” supported by the Netherlands Development Cooperation SNV/Nepal
“Exploration and Utilization of the Indigenous Renewable Oil resources in Nepal” funded by University College Northampton U.K, Oxford Brookes University, U.K, British Council, British Embassy.
“Bio-prospecting of Enthno-medicinal plants of Nepal for Conservation of Biological and Cultural Resources” supported by Volkes Wagon Foundation, Germany.
Development of Gassifier Stove for domestic use.
Dissemination of Indigenous and Traditional Rural Technologies for Micro-Enterprise Development in Nepal.
Development of standard testing protocols for improved cooking stoves.
Studies on high altitude natural resources (Seabuckthorn) for economic development of remote areas of Nepal.
Technology development for natural product utilization.
“Application of Science and Technology for Development” funded by UNFSSTD/UNDP
Development of building materials for low cost housing.
Research and development of traditional water mill.
“Renewable Energy Technologies in Asia: A Regional Research and Dissemination Program” funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) through Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand.
A Study on Dye Yielding Plants of Nepal
Chemical and Biological Investigation of Nepalese medicinal plants for hypoglycemic (antidiabetic) activity.
Knowledge dissemination of Rocket Dryer Technology for cardamom at national level supported by the Netherlands Development Cooperation SNV/Nepal.
Prof. Dr.Ram Prasad Chaudhari
P.O. Box 1030, Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone: (977-1) 4330348,
Fax: (977-1) 4331303