isms | 30 April, 2012 14:55
Project Work on IEE initiated as per MoU signed between MLD and KU/School of Science
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Ministry of Local Development (MLD) and Kathmandu University, School of Science was signed at the Environment Management Section of MLD on 23 March 2012. The objectives of this partnership between MLD and KU/SOSc are to carry out the necessary environmental study, monitoring activities, enhance the capability of the Ministry, promote cooperation between government and academic institutions on local development issues, motive students towards quality environmental research and development, establish proactive link, and familiarize students with development processes etc. As a first activity, it was agreed that thirty-two fourth year Environmental Science and Environmental Engineering students shall be provided an amount not exceeding 10,47,900 for undertaking environmental monitoring of 53 rivers of Western, Mid Western and Far Western Regions covering Kailali, Kanchanpur, Dang, Banke, Kapilvastu, Nawalparasi, Tanahun and Kaski districts. Students will remain in field effective from 21st April 2012 for a period from 2-16 days for Auditing of the Initial Environmental Examination (IEE). The project is administered by the Head of the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering and coordinated by the Course Director of the course “Environmental Impact Assessment”.
isms | 20 April, 2012 15:44
Turkish Ambassador Inaugurated Girl’s Hostel at KUSoM
11 April, 2012
His Excellency Dr. Burak Akcapar, Ambassador of Turkey to Nepal inaugurated a residential building for girl students at Kathmandu University School of Management (KUSoM) Balkumari, Lalitpur on 11 April, 2012.
In the program Vice-Chancellor Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma expressed gratitude to the Turkish government for the support to Kathmandu University. He further said that the University has planned to extend the hostel facility as part of its policy of offering residential programs to as many students as possible.
Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Akcapar expressed his happiness at being able to make some contribution to make it possible for girls of Nepal to access quality education and assured further support in the future.
The Turkish government has partially supported for the construction of the building. It has provided 100,000 US$ through Turkey’s Development Cooperation TIKA for the construction.
Prof. Subash KC, Dean, School of Management, expressed that the newly constructed building provides a further opportunity for female students to excel in their pursuit of quality business education.Mr. C. P. Khetan, the Consul General of Turkey to Nepal was also presented in the inauguration function.
isms | 18 April, 2012 12:35
Kathmandu University TN Upraity Centre for Education Announces Education Award for Cerebral Palsy / Nepal
April 17, 2012
Kathmandu University Trailokya Nath(TN) Upraity Centre for Education announces one Lakh Rupees Education Award for 2012 to the Self-help Group for Cerebral Palsy, Dhapakhel, Lalitpur, Nepal.
The announcement was made in appreciation of the invaluable services of the Self-help Group that rendered for the alleviation of disabilities of children and youth of cerebral palsy through its caring and individualized educational, medical and therapeutic intervention programs.
The Self-help Group has been operating since 1986 in Kathmandu valley and later expanded over 15 districts across the country. Around 2000 children and youth affected by cerebral palsy are taking benefit annually from the centre.
The TN Centre for Education was founded with honor to Senator and Educationist late Dr. Trailokya Nath Upraity at Kathmandu University in 2011. The initiatives of the centre are Mrs. Satyabati Upraity, consort of Dr. T. N. Upraity, family and friends. TN Upraity Award for Education carries a purse of one Lakh Rupees and a citation. It is sponsored by Mr. Deepak Upraity, son of late Dr. TN Upraity. Kathmandu University TN Centre for Education announces Education Award every two year.
isms | 17 April, 2012 15:29
High Level Delegation Team from Punjab Technical University Paid a Visit to Kathmandu University
April 5, 2012
A high level delegation team led by Dr. Rajneesh Arora, Vice-Chancellor of Punjab Technical University (PTU) paid a visit to Kathmandu University on 5th April, 2012.
Vice-Chancellor Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma welcomed to his counterpart Dr. Arora and his entire team members at a program organized by Kathmandu University. Dr. Sharma said that internationalization of the institution is the need of the day. Kathmandu University is open to expand its relationship with international institutions in area of mutual interest and public good.
Dr. Rajneesh Arora has presented mission and vision of Punjab Technical University. He claimed that PTU is a state university and primarily focused on the need based academic programs through more than 400 affiliated colleges and the training centers across India. Dr. Gulshan Sharma, President of North India Management Association (NIMA) – Knowledge Partner of PTU, highlighted the objectives of the visit. He further said that NIMA is working towards improving business climate and networking opportunities for Punjab Technical University.
Prof. Dr. Bhadra Man Tuladhar, Registrar of Kathmandu University expressed thanks for the visit and highlighted some possible areas of interest in which Kathmandu University and Punjab Technical University can make collaboration for mutual benefit.
Prof. Bhola Thapa, Dean, School of Engineering; Prof. Panna Thapa, Dean, School of Science; Head of Departments, Coordinators, Faculties and the University staffs were interacted with the delegates.
isms | 16 April, 2012 15:01
One-Day Media Research Conference at KU
The Department of Languages and Mass Communication, in collaboration with Martin Chautari, Kathmandu, organized a one day media research conference on 2 April 2012. The conference was attended by media teachers, researchers, practicing journalists and students of journalism, mass communication and media studies. The presentations included themes on Nepalese media as diverse as media research scenario, television and inclusion, female characters in radio dramas, press freedom, book publication, coverage on climate change, representation of bilateral relations of Nepal with India and China, communication process, recruitment and continuity of journalists in Media houses.
isms | 15 April, 2012 15:13
isms | 11 April, 2012 10:10
Mr. Biraj Singh Thapa, Research Fellow at Turbine Testing Lab, has published following two papers in International Journals.
Empirical modelling of sediment erosion in Francis turbines
1Biraj Singh Thapa, 2Bhola Thapa, 3Ole G. Dahlhaug
1,2Turbine Testing Lab, Kathmandu University, Nepal
3The Waterpower Laboratory, Norwegian Institute of Science and Technology, Norway
Publisher: International Journal of Energy (View Paper)
Computational Methods in Research of Hydraulic Turbines Operating In Challenging Environments
Biraj Singh Thapa*, Amod Panthee, Bhola Thapa
Turbine Testing Lab, School of Engineering
Kathmandu University, Nepal, *Corresponding Author: Email: email@example.com
Publisher: International Journal of Advanced Renewable Energy Research (View Paper)
isms | 06 April, 2012 15:21
Program on Interaction and Experience sharing of MEXT-Japan Study Program held on 4 April at Kathmandu University
His Excellency Mr. Kunio Takahashi, Ambassador of Japan to Nepal made a visit to Kathmandu University on 4th April, 2012 to take part in Interaction and experience sharing of MEXT Japan Study Program.
Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma welcomed Mr. Takahashi at the University. Dr. Sharma
envisaged the mission and vision of Kathmandu University and recalled Japanese
donors' support for physical facility development of the University. KU’s first
building ‘Yamaji Block’ was built with the support of Yamaji Fumiko Culture
Foundation, Japan; and the 'Pharmacy Block' was also supported by Japanese
citizen Mr. Komatsubara Kenji.
To his address, Ambassador Takahashi recalled historical tie up between Japan and Nepal. Japanese monk, Ekai Kawaguchi, for the first time had visited Nepal in 1899. Since then there has been very close relationship between two countries. Today, Nepal is the ninth largest country whose citizens are studying in several Japanese Universities. There exist strong possibilities for further collaboration between Japanese Universities and Kathmandu University in all levels.
Mr. Paras Khadka, Graduate student of Mechanical Engineering Department at Kathmandu University who recently participated in Japan Study Program 2012 organized by MEXT- Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, science and Technology of Government of Japan shared the first hand information about the current status of universities in Japan and the value of studying and experiences in Japan in the revival process from the extraordinarily large scale disaster. The program was also attended by other participants from Padma Kanya Campus, Institute of Engineering Pulchowk, Institute of Medicine, Maharajgunj, Tri Chandra College, who went to Japan under same program.
The program opened with the welcoming notes by Dr. Bim Prasad Shrestha, Head, Department of Mechanical engineering and Dr. Bhadra Man Tuladhar, Registrar of the University delivered the vote of thanks.
Ms. Natsuko Hashimoto, the Cultural secretary of Embassy of Japan was also present in the program. Prof. Dr. Bhola Thapa and Prof. Dr. Panna Thapa, Deans of School of Engineering and School of Science respectively, Mr. Mukunda Prasad Upadyhyaya, Chief Administrative Officer along with University faculty, staffs were also present in the program. About 250 students from school of Engineering, school of science, school of medical science and Kathmandu University high school participated in the program.
isms | 03 April, 2012 15:38
The 3rd IEEE International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies (ICSET’12) will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal on 24 – 27 September 2012. IEEE ICSET is a regular series of international biennial conferences being planned to bring together professionals and executives in the energy sector, electrical power companies, manufacturing industries, research institutes and educational bodies to share and exchange ideas and information pertaining to sustainable energy technologies.
Submission of Papers Extended 30 April 2012
Notification of Acceptance 3 June 2012
Submission of Final Paper 8 July 2012
isms | 03 April, 2012 09:30
isms | 01 April, 2012 14:05
KU's Tribute to Dr. Toni Hagen: Symposium on 'Decentralization and Development: Visions of Toni Hagen'
Kathmandu University and HimalAsia Foundation tribute to late Dr. Toni Hagen, an eminent Swiss geologist and development planner for his pioneering work for geological survey in Nepal, and his visions of development through decentralization in a symposium organized at Russian Cultural Centre, Kathmandu, on 29 March, 2012.
Dr. Hagen came to Nepal first in 1950; later as ‘UN expert’ he travelled more than 14,000 km on foot across the country. His experience of those early days has documented in the book ‘The Kingdom in the Himalaya’. Dr. Hagen was honoured with the Birendra Pragya Alankar in 1984, and also honoured with the title ‘Distinguished Citizen of Kathmandu’ in 1995.
The program was organized for introducing his recent released book - Decentralization and Development: The Role of Democratic Principles’. The book discuss about some possible geographical lines for effective political power delegation and development models for enhancement of democracy of Nepal.
Chief Guest Ms. Kalpana Dhamala, Minister of Science and Technology inaugurated the program. Minister Dhamala said that Decentralization and Development are very significant topic for discussion in present context of Nepal. Due to autocratic rule in the country, it took long time to incorporate Hagen’s concept in Nepal, she said.
Vice-Chancellor of Kathmandu University Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma said that 1950’s observational tour was not the first time visit only for Toni Hagen, it was indeed the pioneer experience for Nepalese people who were little aware about sustainable development and decentralized approach of democratic system. His concept was excavated through his experience that he observed on his 14,000 km walking-tour on foot across the country, he said. Furthermore, Dr. Sharma expressed that Toni Hagen not only opened the door of development of Nepal rather introduced the country and the people in global community.
In the program five distinguished scholars made presentations and spoke on Toni Hagen’s dynamic personality and his concept of democracy, development and decentralization of Nepal. Mr. Sambhu Ram Simkhada presented Dr. Hagen’s democratic concept in the topic ‘The Role of Democratic Principles in Developing Nepal referring Dr. Hagen’s statement that it took more than 50 years to evolve a functional democracy in Switzerland, he opined that we should not be pessimistic about slow pace of political transformation of Nepal.
Mrs. Ambika Shrestha expressed that Toni Hagen’s contribution for enhancement of tourism sector is remarkable. Like Switzerland, tourism can be a potent source of national development; and ecological tourism is the way forward, she recalled Hagen’s statement in her presentation: Tourism through the eyes of Toni Hagen. Mr. Deepak Gyawali presented a paper on ‘an alternative approach to water and energy development in Nepal: Some speculations on the ‘Swiss Model’ and its efficacy for Nepal’s case’. He explained Dr. Hagen’s development models which focus to reverse scenario like flow of energy sources from rural to urban area instead of urban to rural. He also uttered that Hagen had presented a development model in Nepal by developing ropeway rather than connecting roads in the mountain areas.
Dr. Promod Kumar Jha presented Dr. Toni Hagen’s thoughts on agricultural and ecological issues. Dr. Megh Raj Dhital presented a paper entitled – Contribution of Toni Hagen regarding Geology in Nepal. He presented Hagen’s geological and geographical maps of Nepal.
The program was organized by the Kathmandu University and the HimalAsia Foundation. His Excellency Thomas Gass, Ambassador of Switzerland to Nepal delivered his remarks in the program. Dr. Susanne von der Heide, Director of HimalAsia Foundation, and Dr. Sanjay N Khanal moderated the program. The program was conducted by Mr. Khagendra Acharya. About 150 participants attended the program. A documentary on Toni Hagen prepared by NAST and Film 'Uhileko Nepal' taken by Toni Hagen during 1950-1960 was also shown in the program.