As the number of patents filed from Nepal is extremely low, immediate commercial return on investment in research might not be a convincing narrative. However, the number of ranked scientific publications coming from Nepal, both in absolute number and as a ratio to national GDP is quite impressive. A narrative based on the research output , particularly its foundational importance and multifaceted impact on education and socioeconomic climate might be a more realistic and convincing narrative. Link of research priority, funding and quality assurance to research output, and its importance is discussed.
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