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Kathmandu University celebrate its 16th Convocation

isms | 14 December, 2010 14:27

Kathmandu University celebrated its 16th Convocation on Dec 10, 2010, at KUSMS Basic Science Building, Chaukot. Rt. Hon'ble Dr. Ram Baran Yadav, President was the chief guest and Prof. Berit Johnanne Kjeldstad, the guest of Honor of the ceremony. In the16th Convocation, 792 medical graduates received their degree, among them 151 received their MD/MS/MDS degree, 591 MBBS degree and 50 BSc., Nursing degree.  On the day, 590 students attended the ceremony.

 

Khagendra Acharya received Ford Foundation Grant

isms | 14 December, 2010 09:58

Mr. Khagendra Acharya, Lecturer in the Department of Languages and Mass Communication, returned from India after the completion of Scholar-in-Residence Scholarship funded by Ford Foundation and offered by Centre for Contemporary Theory.

The Centre invites four scholars every year from South Asia (excluding India) in the areas of humanities and social sciences to consult the Centre’s library for his/her research work. It also creates opportunity to interact with the students and teachers from M. S. University of Baroda and other neighboring universities on topics of his/her interest. The fellowship is meant to foster cultural understanding between India and its neighbors and to create a climate for intellectual linkages between the countries. 

During the stay for a month, Mr. Acharya interacted with the scholars and students in Gujarat, delivered talk, and visited  historically and culturally important locations both in Gujarat and Maharastra.

Press release of 16th Convocation - 2010

isms | 09 December, 2010 09:33

सोह्रौंदीक्षान्त समारोह (२०६७।८।२२) सम्बन्धी

काठमाडौं विश्वविद्यालयकोप्रेसवक्तव्य 

 
काठमाडौँ विश्वविद्यालयको सोह्रौँ दीक्षान्त समारोह आज मङ्सिर२२ गते सम्पन्न भयो। काठमाडौँ विश्वविद्यालयद्वारा सञ्चालित स्कुल अफ साइन्स, स्कुल अफइन्जिनियरिङ, स्कुल अफ आर्टस, स्कुल अफ म्यानेजमेन्ट र स्कुल अफ एजुकेसनका स्नातकहरूकालागि आज विश्वविद्यालयको केन्द्रीय परिसरमा दीक्षान्त समारोह भएको हो।
 
आज भएको दीक्षान्त समारोहमा स्कुल अफ साइन्सतर्फ ९३ पुरुष र५४ महिला गरी १४७ जना, स्कुल अफ इन्जिनियरिङतर्फ १०४ पुरुष र ९ महिला गरी ११३जना, स्कुल अफ आर्टसतर्फ ६५ पुरुष र ९१ महिला गरी १५६ जना, स्कुल अफम्यानेजमेन्टतर्फ १६५ पुरुष र १५० महिला गरी ३१५ जना र स्कुल अफ एजुकेसनतर्फ ३३पुरुष र १५ महिला गरी ४८ जना गरी जम्मा ४६० पुरुष र ३१९ महिलासमेत कूल७७९ जना स्नातकहरू दीक्षित भएका छन्। दीक्षित हुनेहरूमध्ये साइन्समा १ जना,इन्जिनियरिङमा ४ जना, आर्टसमा १४ जना, म्यानेजमेन्टमा १२ जना र एजुकेसनमा ५ जना गरीजम्मा ३६ जना विदेशी रहेका छन्। ती विद्यार्थीहरू भारत, पाकिस्तान, जाम्बिया, क्यानडा,अमेरिका, ग्रीस, जर्मनी, नर्वे, अस्ट्रिया, डेनमार्क, स्विटजरल्यान्ड र बङ्गलादेशका रहेका छन्।
 
आज भएको दीक्षान्त समारोहलाई विशेष अतिथिका रूपमा सम्बोधन गर्दैसन् २००९ मा अर्थशास्त्रमा नोबेल पुरस्कार प्राप्त गर्ने अमेरिकाको ब्लुमिङटनस्थितइन्डियाना युनिभर्सिटीका प्रा० एलिनोर ओस्ट्रमले दीक्षित विद्यार्थीहरूलाई सल्लाह दिनेक्रममा भन्नुभयो ― 'तपाईंहरूले नागरिक, विशेषज्ञ र प्राध्यापकका रूपमा जीवनमा चुनौतीपूर्णर चाखलाग्दा अवस्थाको सामना गर्नुपर्नेछ। तपाईंहरू आफ्ना कामहरू सम्पन्न गर्दा विश्लेषणात्मकहुनुहोस्, यान्त्रिक होइन। रोगको सही ढङ्गले निदान गर्नोस्। समस्याको गहिराइसम्म पुग्नुहोस्। नागरिकका रूपमा, नीतिविश्लेषकका रूपमा, पदाधिकारीका रूपमा हामीले सिद्धान्त रव्यवहारको तालमेल मिलाउनुपर्ने हुन्छ। अव्यावहारिक नीति प्रस्तावित गर्नबाट जोगिनुपर्छ। वातावरणीय र सामाजिक प्रभावका परिणामहरु बु137ने अवसरलाई हामीले सदैव प्रोत्साहनगर्नुपर्छ। हामीले विगतबाट सिक्नुपर्छ। विगतका त्यस्ता नीतिहरूबाट सिक्नुपर्छ जुन राम्रो ज्ञानमाआधारित थिए र जुन समयानुसार परिवर्तित हुँदै गएका थिए। हामीले विविधताका सम्बन्धमानृवंशशास्त्रबाट सिक्न सक्छौं। वर्तमानका समस्याहरू समाधान गर्दा हामीले समाजशास्त्रीयअध्ययनबाट पनि सिक्न सक्छौं। राम्रो र सही सूचनामा गरिएको लगानीले हामीलाईशताब्दीयौंका लागि फल दिन सक्छ। तसर्थ भविष्यमा नागरिक वा विश्लेषकका रूपमानीतिनिर्माण गर्दा समस्याको गहिराइसम्म जानुहोस् र मानवीय संरचनाको सर्वाधिकमहत्वपूर्ण पक्ष पत्ता लगाउनुहोस्। अव्यावहारिक कुरामा भर नपर्नुहोस्। विगत रवर्तमानबारे  सही सूचनाका लागि विश्लेषणात्मकपद्धतिलाई अँगाल्नुहोस्। वर्तमान ज्ञानका कुनै पनि पक्षमा ध्यान दिनुहोस्, जसलेसमययात्रामा सही सूचना प्रवाह गर्न सकोस् र प्राप्त उपलब्धि तुलनात्मक रूपमाव्यावहारिक बनोस्।'
 
समारोहमा सहकुलपति तथा शिक्षामन्त्री सर्वेन्द्रनाथ शुक्लले भन्नुभयो― 'नेपालको भविष्यको आधार नै युवा पिँढी हो। त्यो पिँढी ज्ञानले सज्जित,सीपले सज्जित र चरित्रले सज्जित हुनैपर्छ। नत्र आजको 'नलेज इकोनोमी' को युगमा हामीपछि पर्न सक्छौँ। अरूसित तपाईंहरूले आशा गर्ने होइन, बरू अरूले तपाईंहरूसित आशा गर्ने हो। प्राकृतिक रूपले हामी गरिबछैनौँ, उर्वरा जमिन छ, अथाह जलस्रोत छ, वनस्पतिको भ48डार प्रशस्तै छ, मिहिनेती भनेरचिनिएका जनता छन्। त्यसैले जुटेर र कस्सिएर लाग्यौँ भने १०–१५ वर्षमै हामी काँचुलीफेर्न सक्नेछौँ।'
 
समारोहमा स्वागत–मन्तव्य व्यक्त गर्दै उपकुलपति डा० सुरेशराजशर्माले भन्नुभयो ― 'आज सूचना–प्रविधिको युग हो, जीवप्रविधिकोयुग हो र अत्यन्त विकसित अवस्थामा पुगेकोे विज्ञान र प्रविधिको युग पनि हो। यस्तोयुगमा हाम्रो मुलुकको प्रवेश कति बलियो र कति सार्थक छ, त्यो हेर्नुपर्ने बेला भएकोछ। नेपालमा सूचना–प्रविधिमा आधारित उद्योगहरू, बायोटेकमा आधारित उद्योगहरू रसेवामूलक उद्योगहरू किन फस्टाएनन्, म्यानुफ्याक्चरिङ उद्योगका क्षेत्रमा जापान,कोरिया, चीन, भारत, सिङ्गापुर जस्ता हाम्रै नजिकका मुलुकहरू एकदमै रफ्तारमा लम्किरहेकाछन्। यी सबै उद्योगका लागि अझै पनि नेपाल उर्वर भूमि हो र रहने नै छ भन्नेकुरा हामीले बु137नैपर्दछ।
 
हामीले यहाँकावर्तमानका युवा वा भावी पिँढीका बालबालिकालाई सपना बाँड्ने होइन, भाषण बाँड्नेपनि होइन, बरू आफ्नै सामर्थ्यमा र आफ्नै बलबुतामा भविष्य–निर्माणका लागि जग बसाल्नेहो र भूमिका दिने हो। यो यथार्थबाट नतर्किऔं, यथार्थलाई साँच्चै नैआत्मसात गरौं।'

आज भएको दीक्षान्त समारोहमा चान्सलर स्वर्णपदक दीपकराज पराजुली(एमएड), भाइस–चान्सलर स्वर्णपदक रुबीना महतो (बीएमएस), जुद्धबहादुर श्रेष्ठ स्वर्णपदकसृजना बज्राचार्य (एमबीए) र रणबहादुर शाह स्वर्णपदक सन्तोष शर्मा (एमबीए) लाई प्रदानगरिएको छ ।

News of International Conference on Ecosystem Responses To Global Environmental Change

isms | 26 November, 2010 10:54

 

The International Conference on ECOSYSTEM RESPONSES TO GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE (ECOREC 2010) was held during November 13-17, 2010, at the Jungle Safari Lodge in Chitwan National Park, Sauraha, Nepal.  Nearly 100 delegates from 13 countries in all participated in the event, which was resounding success!  The Conference was an activity within the Himalayan Universities Networking Project funded by NUFU of Norway and was a collaborative effort of the 5 partners: University of Life Sciences, Norway; Institute of Forestry, Tribhuvan University; Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Kathmandu University; Karakurum International University; and, Kabul University. 

The Key Note speaker Prof. John Smol from Queens University, Canada, gave a very interesting talk on how paleolimnological studies are providing new techniques for tracking past environmental/climatological changes using lake or river bed sediments.  The groundbreaking research over he has been conducting over the past 28 years promises to be an ever-popular method for studies on ecosystem responses to climate change.

Professor Bishal Sitaula from UMB, Norway, also gave a profound talk on linked and multi-dimensional perspectives of global climate change, which highlighted the inter-linkages among the various components of our biophysical environment and the need for an interdisciplinary approach across natural and social sciences.

The majority of participants included student from Nepal and India, but there was also representation from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Poland, Sweden, Norway, USA, Canada, Japan, and China.  Altogether, about 25 papers and 15 posters were presented with the top three poster awards going to students from KU!  First place was the poster by Urshula Bajracharya, second was by Shika Karki, and the third place poster was by Mrs. Farida Begum.

 

 

CALL FOR RESEARCH ARTICLES

isms | 22 November, 2010 11:15

CALL FOR RESEARCH ARTICLES

 

 

Dear All,

 

KUSET (Kathmandu University e-journal) invites unpublished original research articles, shortcommunications, expository and review articles for forthcoming issue (January, 2011). You can submit your articles to following production editors.

 

Research Articles submit to:

Dr. Dil Bahadur Gurung
Assistant Professor
Incharge: Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics
E mail: db_gurung@ku.edu.np

 

Dr. Dhurva Prasad Gauchan
Assistant Professor
Department of Biotechnology
Incharge: Biological Sciences
E mail: gauchan@ku.edu.np

 

Dr. Rijan Bhakta Kayastha
Assistant Professor
Department of Environment Science and Engineering
Incharge: Earth & Environment Sciences & Engineering
E mail: rijan@ku.edu.np

 

Mr. Uttam Budhathoki
Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacy
Incharge: Pharmaceutical Sciences
E mail: uttam@ku.edu.np

General Information of KU -EMMA project

isms | 16 November, 2010 12:29

Kathmandu University is one of the partners of EMMA west project under ERASMUS MONDUS ACTION 2 for individual mobility program sponsored by the European Community between Asia and European Universities. Interested candidates are informed to go to the links provided below for detailed information and application.  

Download [pdf] file 

For more information please go through the links 
http://www.emmasia.eu/ 
http://www.expertsasia.eu 

Contact Address

Kathmandu University
Email: info@ku.edu.np
Dhulikhel, Nepal 

Inauguration of Prof. Inge Johansen Engineering Block

isms | 31 October, 2010 15:08

Inauguration of Prof. Inge Johansen Engineering Block

On Saturday 30th of October 2010 (Kartik 13 2067), the Nepalese Minister of Energy Honourable Dr. Prakash Sharan Mahat and the Norwegian Minister for Trade and Industry Honourable Mr. Trond Giske jointly inaugurated the newly built Engineering Block (Prof. Inge  Johansen Engineering Block) at Kathmandu University Dhulikhel Campus. The building was constructed from KU’s own sources at a cost of about 60,000,000 NRs. The building has been named in the honour of Norwegian Professor Inge Johansen who has been instrumental to the engineering education since the inception of the School of Engineering at KU. Professor Johansen not only contributed to the establishment of Engineering Program at KU, his contribution in starting up of the Postgraduate Program in Electrical Power Engineering was equally significant. Recently he has helped in establishing KU at a prominent hub for renewable energy research by assisting in the cooperation between Kathmandu University-Norwegian University of Science and Technology-SINTEF Energy Research.

The inauguration programme was attended by the Kathmandu University family, people from hydropower sector, representatives of Norwegian Embassy and NORAD.

Prof. Jaidka delivered a lecture

isms | 28 October, 2010 15:31

Manju Jaidka, Professor of English at the Panjab University, Chandigarh, India delivered lecture on “Narratology across Culture” on October 26, 2010 in C V Raman Auditorium. Prof. Jaidka is a leading Indian academic, best known for her contribution to American Studies in India.

Speaking in the programme, Prof. Jaidka demonstrated how motifs in stories across cultures resemble. She also urged and inspired the audience; mainly first and second year media studies students, to read the classics both for finding the motifs and using them for their creative work. The lecture was followed by reading from her upcoming novel. 

Organized by the Department of Languages and Mass Communication, the lecture was also attended by the Head and the faculties in the department.

KU Joins hand with UNDP- ECHO initiates for Community Level training at Dolakha district.

isms | 24 October, 2010 22:00

Kathmandu University is organizing Community Based Disaster Risk Management Training for Capacity Building in selected communities and Local administration level in Dolakha District of  Nepal, RCRRP in the Himalayas, UNDP – ECHO initiative.

The resource personsare from School of Engineering, School of Science, School of Management and School of Medical Sciences, Dhulikhel Hospital Kathmandu University.

The program is being coordinated by Dr. Bim Prasad Shrestha, Associate Professor and Head of Department at Department of Mechanical Engineering of Kathmandu University and being provided in four thematic areas of Early warning system, Contingency planning, Search and Rescue and First aid for twelve consecutive days.

The relevant resource materials are being provided by Nepal Red Cross Society, Practical Action Nepal, Action aid Nepal, Mercy Corps, and other DIPECHO members. The Environment Science graduate from Kathmandu University Ms. Rinu Karmacharya is providing logistic support for the participants and being assisted by Mr.Mahesh Bashistha, the recent graduate from the same department.  The on site logistic support is being provided by ECARD, the local partner designated by UNDP/Nepal.

Kathmandu University extends great appreciation to these organizations for their support.

The training is being given to local community and district level office bearer of Nepal Police, Armed Police Force, Nepal Army, Nepal Red Cross, District development office, Soil conservations officers, local NGO federation, Water induced disaster officer,  VDC secretaries and representatives from local communities of Suri Dovan, Laduk, Bhorle, Lamidanda VDC etc.

October 23rd   2010  is the first day of the training program and inaugurated at Hotel Dobhan of Singati Bazar. In the Inauguration program, training coordinator Dr. Bim Shrestha welcomed all the participants on behalf of its organizer and shed light on mission and vision of Kathmandu University. Dr. Shrestha also thanked participants and UNDP Echo Initiatives for entrusting Kathmandu University to take such programs at door steps of local community. Project support officer of UNDP Mr. Deepak KC highlighted the importance of training program and expressed that partnership between Kathmandu University and UNDP will be further strengthened to bring such community level training program indays to come.

The first day of training was given by Dr. Rijan Bhakta Kayastha on Early warning system and facilitatedby Mr. Sagar Dhital, the recent graduate of Human Biology at Kathmandu University.

This is second time that Kathmandu University is organizing such training program at local level, the similar program was held in Bahunepati VDC of  Sindhupalchwok during the month of August-September, where certificates of participation were distributed to the participants by Prof. Dr. Bhadra ManTuladhar, Registrar at Kathmandu University and Mr. Vijaya Singh, Assistant Country Director of UNDP/Nepal.

Video-Conferencing System Started at KU

isms | 29 September, 2010 13:40

 

School of Engineering, Kathmandu University has established and started the operation of Video-Conferencing System from August 2010. The conference room is located in the first floor of Library Block (Block 03). The system currently features Video-Conferencing, Content Sharing which facilitates conduction of lectures and presentations from geographically separated places. The system is associated with NREN (Nepal Research and Education Network - http://www.nren.net.np/) due to which large volume of data can now be downloaded at a higher speed. This system can be very helpful to the students, researchers, faculty members and others for conducting online meetings or attending online lectures of professors or instructors from universities or institutions from around the world. The specification of the system is:

- Polycom System (VSX7000) which includesPolycom Camera (180 Degree Head Rotation), Polycom Sound System, Polycom Microphone

- Polycom Content Sharing

- Sony Bravia 52” LCD TV (EX700)

The conference room has a total seating capacity for 24 persons which can be expanded to 35 on need. For details and reservation, please contact

Prof. Dr.Bhola Thapa, Dean
School of Engineering
Kathmandu University
Phone: 011 661399 ext.: 224
Email: bhola@ku.edu.np
 

Mr. Shekhar Pd. Dhungana, In-Charge
Information System Mangement Section (ISMS)
Kathmandu University
Phone:011 661399 ext.: 161
Email: shekhar@ku.edu.np 

Mr. Vijit Atreya, Teaching Assistant
Department of CSE
Kathmandu University
Phone:011 661399 ext.: 227
Email: vatreya@ku.edu.np 

Dr. Luitel visited various universities in US

isms | 28 September, 2010 17:31

Dr . Bal Chandra Luitelvisited the University of Wyoming (UW) from September 3 to 13 to participate inthe planning conference of WISDOMe (Wyoming Institute for the Study and Development of MathematicalEducation). At the conference, he presented a commentary on the plenary onlived mathematical experiences by Wolff Michael Roth. Besides, Dr. Luitelpresented a public lecture on transformative mathematics education in Nepal,met with officials of the university with a view to develop collaborationbetween KU and UW, and engaged in a series of discussion with Prof. LarryHatfield and other members of the DIME (Developing Investigations ofMathematical Experience) research team to (re) conceptualise research intolived mathematical experiences.

 Next,Dr. Luitel visited California State University @ Fresno (Fresno State) fromSeptember 14 to 19. He met professors of the Kremen College of Education so asto explore possibilities for future collaborations between KUSOED and theCollege of Education. Next, Dr. Luitel gave a public lecture entitled LookingBack, Looking Ahead:  A Journeyfrom a Transmissionist Teacher to a Transformative Researcher, and a seminar onNew Science and New Mathematics to a group of graduate students and professors.He discussed with professors from the Department of Geography and School ofAgriculture regarding joint research activities between the two universities. AFresno State Professor is visiting KU in November so as to materialise thepossibility of joint research collaboration.

 Inthe final week (i.e., September 20 to 24) of the three-week tour, Dr. Luitelvisited California State University @ Sacramento (CSU Sacramento State) wherehe presented on some aspects of the ethnomathematics project supported by theUNESCO office in Kathmandu(http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0016/001614/161421m.pdf). The next talkcomprised Dr. Luitel’s ongoing research on socially responsible science andmathematics education. Toward the final day of the visit, he met professors andsome key administrators so as to identify some priority areas for futurecollaboration.

Available online - Publication in the International Journal of Aquatic Sciences (Hydrobiologia)

isms | 28 September, 2010 14:13

Three research articles published and others edited by Dr. Subodh Sharma as Guest Editor with the theme Rivers in the Hindu Kush Himalaya – Ecology and Environmental Assessment are available online at www.springerlink.com in Hydrobiologia Volume 651.

President Yadav Inaugurates Youth Solidarity Festival

isms | 26 September, 2010 09:59

 

The Made in Nepal Youth SolidarityFestival was formally inaugurated on 24 September 2010, by Rt. Hon’ble Dr. Ram BaranYadav, the President of Republic of Nepal. On the same occasion,President Yadav also inaugurated the new Girls' Hostel and Staff Quarters inKathmandu University. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, the President expressedhis concern that the education sector has been affected by the country’s politicalinstability. Stating that monopoly is not acceptable in democracy, he urged allpolitical parties to stay away from the politics of weapons for a peacefulfuture. He also advised the students to remain untouched by the stench ofpolitics. He praised Kathmandu University for its contribution towards highereducation in Nepal, congratulated for its international reputation, andexpressed the hope that this would continue for a long time ahead.

Prof. Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma, theVice Chancellor of Kathmandu University, spoke about the achievements, setbacksand the satisfaction he felt during the twenty years of the university'sestablishment. Prof. Dr. Bhadraman Tuladhar, Registrar, Prof. Dr. Janga BahadurChauhan, Director of Student Welfare, Mr. Rajendra Khetan, Senate Member,industrialist Mr. Sanjeev Raj Rajbhandari, Constituent Assembly member Mr. KrishnaPrashad Sapkota were among the other dignitaries to formally attend the ceremony.Besides, Deans of different schools, faculties, staffs, and families living inthe staff quarters were also present in the programme.

The ceremony was chaired byMr. Sharad Chandra Mainali, President, Student Welfare Council president.

The festival which runs forthree days will have activities like youth conference, cycle race, photo exhibitionand competition, art exhibition and science project exhibition. There are alsofood and game stalls at the fair.

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16th Asia Pacific Quality Organization International Conference onQuality

isms | 16 September, 2010 14:03

Please download the [pdf] file. 

Please download the [doc] file to view conference schedule with session allocations. 

Uttam Budhathoki, Dr. Rajendra Gyawali, Bibek Singh Mahat and Prawan Dahal from Department of Pharmacy in NPA Executive Council (2010-2013)

isms | 05 September, 2010 15:03

Uttam Budhathoki, Assistant Professor and Dr.Rajendra Gyawali, Lecturer, Department of Pharmacy, have been elected as aPresident and Member respectively in 36th Annual General Meeting of NepalPharmaceutical Association (NPA) on Saturday, 28 August 2010 for next threeyears tenure. Mr. Bibek Singh Mahat and Mr. Prawan Dahal, both MPharm Students,have been elected as General Secretary and Member respectively in the AGM.
 
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