Nepali scholar sees Jiangsu as land of opportunity
2018-08-28 15:05:00

Bikash Nakarmi is in an interview with JiangsuNow. (Photo by Chang Yu)

Although it’s 10 pm, students are still devoted to experiments in the brightly-lit Microwave Photonics Research Laboratory at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (NUAA) under the guidance of Bikash Nakarmi from Nepal.

Dr. Nakarmi, 38, graduated from the Korea Institute of Science and Technology, is now an associate professor at the NUAA College of Electronic and Information Engineering, mainly engaged in the optical communication system that includes the optical computing and microwave photonics.

Romance leads to settlement in Jiangsu

"Before I met my Chinese wife, I never thought about working in China," said Dr. Nakarmi.

In 2006, when he was a graduate student at Harbin Engineering University, he met a girl from Wuxi on MSN Messenger. Two years later, when he was ready to return to Nepal, he came to Wuxi at the encouragement of his friends and saw her for the first time.

In 2012, before he got his PhD, the two were married. The wonderful romance also led to Nakarmi's decision to stay in Jiangsu for teaching and research work.

"China is a vibrant country with more opportunities. Here, I can concentrate on my favorite research and have some of the career development opportunities such as applying project as a principal investigator and better position,” Dr. Nakarmi added.

Nakarmi also sings high praise of his work and life in Jiangsu. In his view, universities in Jiangsu have a strong research atmosphere while the government and schools provide researchers with comprehensive equipment and sufficient funding.

The laboratory currently has photoelectric instruments worth of more than 20 million yuan ($2.9 million) and electronic instruments valued at 30 million yuan, also attracting him to work in the province.

Experience innovation and development in Jiangsu

As a foreign researcher working in China for a long time, Dr. Nakarmi holds unique ideas on China's achievements in scientific research.

He believes that the advancement of China's science and technology in the past was more in the optimization process, but now it is mainly reflected in scientific research, with the driving force of the nation’s urgency of racing against time and promoting reform and innovation.

"Especially in the field of information and communication, we can easily list many Chinese brands that are in full compliance with or even lead the international standards,” he said.

In his opinion, many foreigners had the stereotype that China always imitated foreign products, but today pursuing technological development and innovation has been deeply rooted in the hearts of the people.

According to statistics from the Science and Technology Department of Jiangsu Province, total R&D investment in the province last year accounted for about 2.7 percent of the regional GDP, and the contribution from scientific and technological progress reached 62 percent. The number of patents for inventions per 10,000 of the population reached 22.5, placing the province at the forefront of the country.

The Third Plenary Session of the 13th CPC Jiangsu Provincial Committee clearly stated that it is necessary to focus on high quality economic development, drive innovation, promote a close connection between innovation and industrial development, advance the strategic support of scientific and technological innovation, and accelerate the province’s innovation-based growth.

Dr. Nakarmi believes that in addition to innovation, Jiangsu is paying more and more attention to intellectual property protection and the transformation of scientific research achievements, which will ensure the sustainable development in the province.

Professor Pan Shilong, deputy director of the laboratory, said that since its establishment in 2011, the lab has submitted applications for 72 patents, including three in the United States, of which 31 have been authorized. The equipment developed in the lab has been put into use in the No. 41, No. 44 and No. 55 institutes of China Electronics Technology Group Corporation, and some equipments have been commercialized in companies such as Yangtze Optical Fiber and Cable Joint Stock Limited Company and Guizhou Space Appliance.

Dr. Nakarmi hopes that technological innovation can bring more convenience to life.

He and his team have successfully developed a self-service check-in, check-out system, allowing hotel customers to complete all the procedures such as room reservation verification, identity verification and billing. The self-service machines can even hand out or take back room keys, which can help improve efficiency, save costs and protect privacy.

The technology will be put into use in some hotels in Nepal this September, and he hopes to introduce it to China as soon as possible.

"Living here needs fast moving life cycle and the challenging one too compared to other countries. I would love this, live here for a long run, and think of finding the ways for the establishment of company here followed by applying patents,” said Dr. Nakarmi. Editor:Dylan