isms | 23 March, 2009 10:36
Amid the hardships being faced by the business communities and the general public due to the energy crisis in the country, Kathmandu University has successfully tested a very noble and greener source of energy.
a function jointly organized within the university’s premises by the
Department of Environmental Science & Engineering and Mechanical
Engineering on 19/03/2009, ‘used cooking oil’
was used to run diesel-based engine. This particular bio-fuel (used
cooking oil) was collected by an informal group of volunteers called
the “eco-overlanders” from various hotels and restaurants in Kathmandu,
which otherwise is thrown away. The bio-fuel can be used to run
diesel-based power generators, irrigation pumps and vehicles and is
believed to bring in some relief to the business community particularly
the hospitality sector which produces a sizeable amount of discarded
cooking oil and has to depend heavily on diesel generators to produce
electricity at present.
Manoj Badu, lecturer at the Department of Environmental Science and
Engineering of the university and a member of the volunteer group
‘eco-overlanders’ revealed about the university’s plan to conduct an
eco-friendly trip from the East to the West of Nepal and few different
places in India, using the same bio-fuel, which is being supported and
sponsored by various non-government and government organizations such
as Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC).
talk program was organized at the CV Raman Auditorium of the University
prior to the demonstration of the working of diesel engine. Speaking at
the program, Prof. Panna Thapa- Dean of School of Science,
reminded students of their responsibilities to the society while
undertaking their innovative works in their academic field. Prof.
Sanjay Nath Khanal- Director of the Students’ Affairs Division,
applauded the biofuel-testing activity and encouraged students to
respond to the changing environmental conditions. Associate
Prof. Bhim Prasad Shrestha- head of the Department of Mechanical
Engineering, revealed various activities related to the development and
promotion of alternative energy being carried out by the department at
present and plans in future. Associate Prof. Janardan Lamichhane- head
of the Biotechnology department, discussed the possibilities related to
the exploration and development of environmental friendly knowledge and
tools through biotechnological approach. Senior Training Officer of the AEPC Mr. Nawa Raj Dhakal, talked about AEPC’s role in the promotion of cleaner technologies in Nepal and expressed commitment for further support and collaboration. Mr. Miles Chadwick- a member of the eco-overlanders and volunteer from the UK
shared his experience of working under various socio-economic
circumstances and explained how small things could make a difference.
program was attended by the students, teachers and researchers of the
university, representative from the Alternative Energy Promotion Centre
(AEPC), Eco-overlanders, NGOs, Nepalese and international volunteers
and media groups.
isms | 06 March, 2009 10:43
Department of Biotechnology, Kathmandu University (KU) has successfully organized a two days long seminar, “Application of Biotechnology in Industries” held on 16-17 February 2009 at Kathmandu University International Center (KUIC), Dhulikhel.
The main objectives of the seminar were to explore the application, scopes and prospective of biotechnology in Nepal by means of meticulous discussion and interaction followed by priceless suggestions from the experts in related areas.
the seminar, renowned academicians, scientists and entrepreneurs
working in different fields of biotechnology were present. It was
chaired by Dr. Janardan Lamichhane, HOD, Department of Biotechnology,
KU. In the inaugural session Prof. Dr. Panna Thapa, Dean of School of
Science, KU, spoke on challenges in biotechnology form academics
perspective. Enlightening the seminar, the chief guest- Prof. Dr.
Dayananda Bajracharya, gave a marvelous speech comparing the science in
the 20th and the 21st century and also stressed that professionals should be responsible and continuously try to advance in his particular field. Prof.
Suresh Raj Sharma, VC, KU focused on the utilization of available
infrastructure and resources. Also Prof. Dr. Tika Bahadur Karki shed
light on the challenges of applied biotech form an industrial
perspective. Closing the inaugural session Dr. Janardan Lamichhane
highlighted some developments at Department of Biotechnology, KU and
also gave a brief introduction to M.S. by research in Biotechnology
isms | 03 March, 2009 10:40
Kathmandu University participated in the Fourth South Asian Universities Youth Festival (SAUFEST) held in Panjab University, Chandigarh, from 12 to 16 February 2009. A contingent of 21 persons led by Hem Raj Kafle and Tirtha Raj Adhikary took part in Folk dance, Light Vocal, Group Song, Fine Arts and Debate.