isms | 28 July, 2009 13:49
Sanat Kumar Bista, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, KU has been awarded the BEST RESEARCH PAPER AWARD for his contribution entitled “Evolution of Cooperativeness in a Business Game Relying on Acquaintance Based Trustworthiness Assessment” in the 11th IEEE Conference on Commerce and Enterprise Computing (CEC09) held during July 20 – 23 in Vienna, Austria. The research Paper was co-authored by Dr. K.P Dahal, Professor Peter Cowling and Professor Bhadra Man Tuladhar.
Some of his other publications of Interest are:
S.K.Bista, K.P.Dahal, P.I.Cowling, B.M. Tuladhar (2008), Evolution of Cooperation in an Incentive Based Business Game Environment, In the proceedings of ICADAM 2008- Sanya, China, Published by Springer London
S.K.Bista, K.P.Dahal, P.I.Cowling, B.M. Tuladhar (2008) Unraveling the Evolution of Defectors in Online Business Games, In the proceedings of SKIMA 2008, Kathmandu, Nepal
S.K. Bista, K.P. Dahal, P.I Cowling, B.M. Tuladhar. Metrics for computing trust in multi-agent environment, 8th Informatics Workshop, Bradford, UK, 2007.
S.K.Bista, K.P. Dahal, P.I.Cowling, B.M. Tuladhar. TruMet: An approach towards Computing Trust in Multi-Agent Environment, Proceedings of International conference on Software Knowledge Information Management and Applications, Chiangmai, Thailand 2006
S.K. Bista, K.P. Dahal, B.M. Tuladhar. Agent Oriented Peer-Peer Supply Chain for Collaborative Planning Forecasting and Replenishment, 7th Informatics Workshop, Bradford, UK, 2006.
Shrestha N., Hall Patrick A.V., Bista S. K. “Resources for Nepali Word Sense Disambiguation”, IEEE International conference on Natural Language Processing and Knowledge Engineering (IEEE NLP-KE’08), Beijing, China, 2008
Shrestha N., Hall Patrick A.V., Bista S. K. “Dictionary containing Example based Nepali WSD”, ICON 2008, Pune, India, 2008.
Shrestha N., Hall Patrick A.V., Bista S. K. “Word Sense Disambiguation; a Brief Survey with Application to Nepali”, 29th Annual Conference of Linguistic Society of Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2008.
Y.P. Yadava, G R Bhattarai, S. K. Bista, B. Keshari and J. Bhatta, Envisioning Machine Translation for the New Millennium: Outlines of Preliminary Steps in Nepal. Contemporary Issues in Nepalese Linguistics, ed. by Yogendra P. Yadava et al., pages 429-439, Kathmandu: Linguistics Society of Nepal, 2005.
B. Keshari, J. Bhatta and S.K. Bista. Nepali Part-of-Speech Guesser and Its Application in Lexicon Building. Proceedings of International Conference On Natural Language Processing, ICON-2005, IIT Kanpur, India, 2005.
B. Keshari, J. Bhatta and S.K. Bista. Handling Honorification in Dobahse: Online English-to-Nepali Machine Translation System. Proceedings of Third Asian Applied Computing Conference (AACC - 2005), Kathmandu, Nepal, 2005.
B. Keshari and S.K. Bista, UNL Nepali Deconverter. International-CALIBER 2005, Kochi, India, 2005.
isms | 27 July, 2009 14:35
Geomatics Engineering Program News
Apart from the Country Presentations by the respective participants the Dr. Arbind Tuladhar (ITC), Mr. Narayan Bhattarai (KU), Mr. Nab Raj Subedi (Survey Department), Anish Joshi (Genesis) and Reshma Shrestha (Genesis) gave lectures in the following
• Latest Geo-Information Technologies (Geo-ICT)
• Land administration: policy targets and Geo-ICT
• Sensors and applications to Land administration
• Land Information Systems: Adopting Geo-ICT
• Transparency in Land Administration
• Research on transparency in Land Acquisition
• Strategic planning for adopting Geo-ICT for Land administration
A practical application of Ilwis Software in the field of Geo-ICT was also demonstrated in the Nepalese context by Mr. Nab Raj Subedi.
isms | 27 July, 2009 13:41
Overview of the book:Title: Kathmandu bishwabidhyalaya: Kathin Yatra Ka Pailaharu
Author: Prof. Suresh Raj Sharma
Publisher: Urmila Sharma Dhungel
Number of pages: 18+150
Price: Rs. 200
isms | 21 July, 2009 14:40
There is a great need and scope of hydropower development in Nepal. Government of Nepal has announced ambitious plan to exploit hydropower. The rate of development of micro and small hydropower projects are also increasing in the recent years. Micro and mini hydro projects are equally important for rural electrification. Energy Sector Assistance Program (ESAP) is concerned about performance and efficiency of locally manufactured turbines. Alternative Energy Promotion Center (AEPC) has now subsidy policy up to 1 MW under the Mini-Grid program and for this there is a need of improvement in competence of local turbine manufacturer up to that capacity.
Nepalese companies are capable of design, manufacture, install and operate such micro hydro systems. With the increase in project developers, manufacturers and independent power producers, there is increasing demand for the quality, performance and reliability. The competence to exploit water resource for hydropower not only depends on financing, design and management of the project, but also depends on knowledge generation and local adaptability of technology. There is a lack of institution to carryout research and development of hydro-mechanical components in Nepal. Kathmandu University is establishing the Turbine Lab for academic and development activities.
The Turbine Lab will be used for:
• Test laboratory for
– Certification of mini- and micro-turbines sold on the Nepali market
– Supporting Nepali industry for product development
– Private testing from local manufacturer
– Independent lab for performance testing of turbine model on behalf of owners
• Build competence and knowledge within the hydropower sector in Nepal in developing professional on highest level (PhD, Master in Engineering etc.)
– Teaching/learning facility
– Industrial courses
– Staff training for the industry
• Motivation for research
– The laboratory can be used for development of turbine that can be most efficient and can withstand the most severe operating conditions. One of such problem is sand erosion, which is a major problem in Himalayan regions. Nepal can be centre of excellence in this field of research in such area.
– Development of turbine and pump technology
– Maintenance of turbines
• Meeting place for the industry and university
– Research and student projects for the industry
– This will open the door for collaborative research with national and international universities and research institutions
Until now, model testing of turbines purchased by Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) are carried out by foreign laboratories. Nepal Hydro Electric Pvt. Ltd. (NHE) used Indian lab for testing their turbine for certification of their product for Indian market.
Norway has long history of Turbine Lab. Water Power laboratory at Norwegian University of Science and Technology was established in 1917. This lab was instrumental in development of hydropower in Norway. This laboratory is refurbished and modernized in 2001. The facility at this laboratory is often rented by turbine companies like GE and Rainpower for testing their turbine. The concepts developed in this laboratory have already created 2 successful spin-off turbine companies. KU has close collaboration with this laboratory for lab development, human resource training and utilization of laboratory for contract research.
The Turbine Lab consists of upper and lower water storages with capacity to collect 400 cubic meter rainwater, piping system, instrumentation and control units, pumps and measurement system. The topography of lab location facilitates to re-circulated water up to 30 m natural head. With the maximum flow of 0.5 cum/sec, this lab can test the turbines up to 300 kW in full size and can also test turbines of larger size in scaled models.
The estimated cost for development of the laboratory is about 85 million Nepalese rupees. NORAD is providing 60% of the project cost Norwegian Kroner 4.4 million as grant. KU is putting 20% and remaining 20% is expected from Nepalese industries to contribute for the development of the laboratory. KU has already requested major hydropower companies, developers, turbine manufacturers and related stake holders to contribute for this lab. The lab will be operated on business model under the direction of board representing KU and other stakeholders. This lab will be the asset for the nation for sustainable development of hydropower and to become centre of excellence for the problems like Sand Erosion of Turbines.
H.E. Mr Thor Gislesen, Ambassador, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Kathmandu and Prof Suresh Raj Sharma, Vice Chancellor, Kathmandu University signed the agreement on 21st July 17, 2009, for NORAD support to establish Turbine Lab at Kathmandu University. The project will be completed in two years time.
21st July 17, 2009
isms | 19 July, 2009 12:10
Prof. Dr. Bhola Thapa, Dean School of Engineering, KU and Navin Siddhi, Regional Manager, Dipak Gurung, Country Director of IT @ Himalya Private Limited signed Memorandum of Understanding for a Scholarship Program on the date 17th July 2009. The Scholarship will awarded for a student of Computer Engineering each year.
KUSOE, Department of Computer Science and Engineering would like to thank corporation for awarding the scholarship and believed that both of the parties will hold the strong relationship in future as well.
During the occasion Asst. Prof. Purusottam Kharel, Undergraduate Coordinator of Department of Computer Science and Engineering was also present.
isms | 06 July, 2009 21:43
isms | 28 June, 2009 14:28
Dr. Rijan Bhakta Kayastha, Assistant Professor of the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, School of Science has participated in an International Symposium on the "Combating Desertification and Adaptation Strategies for Climate Change in Asian Countries" held on 9 June 2009 at Korea University, Seoul, South Korea. Dr. Kayastha has given a talk on the Impact of Climate Change on Water Resources in Nepal.
He has also participated in a meeting on 10 June 2009 which was organized by the symposium organizers for effective camping for a side event on environmental and climate change problems faced by Asia-Pacific countries envisaged by Korea University in the coming United Nations Climate Conference-COP15 Copenhagen, 7-18 December 2009.
isms | 26 June, 2009 10:21
June 6, 2009. The first ever ‘Kathmandu University Pharmacists’ Reunion’, a reunion of all the pharmacy graduates of Kathmandu University, was held at DECC, United World Trade Centre, Tripureshwor, Kathmandu. Organized by the Pharmacy Alumni Batch of 2004 (11th Batch), the event was graced by the presence of Dr. Bhadra Man Tuladhar (Registrar, KU), Dr. Sita Ram Adhikari (Senior Advisor, KU) and Dr. Panna Thapa (Dean-SOS & HOD-Department of Pharmacy , KU) as guests of honor.
The reunion was successful in bringing together the products of Kathmandu University, Department of Pharmacy in a common platform and led the way to friendly socializing and intermingling between the pharmacy graduates. The event reunited the batches, batch mates and teachers in a congenial interactive platform to help reminisce, re-live and relish their unforgettable memories of KU.
A talk program was also held during the event to elucidate the role of pharmacists in different fields of work. Guest speakers representing various specialized technical sectors spoke on their respective fields of expertise. The guest speakers in the program were: Dr. Panna Thapa (Academic sector), Mr. Jaya Bir Karmacharya (Industrial sector), Mr. Babu Ram Humagain (Hospital sector), Mr. Gorkha Bahadur DC (Government/Regulatory sector), Mr. Hasan Bajracharya (NGO/INGO projects), Mr. Deepak Pokhrel (IT sector) and Mr. Ganesh Maharjan (Community Pharmacy sector).
The ‘Kathmandu University Pharmacists’ Reunion’ Program was well-received and appreciated by all. More of such programs need to be organized in the future to bring together the alumni, faculty and students of Kathmandu University to celebrate their ever-blazing KU spirit.
isms | 26 June, 2009 10:14
Mr. Uttam Budhathoki is awarded with International Foundation for Science (IFS) research grant that worth USD 11,950 for his PhD work under the supervision of Prof. Panna Thapa and Prof. Ellaiah Poluri.
isms | 08 June, 2009 09:26
Kathmandu University School of
Engineering (KUSE) and the NGO Love Green Nepal (LGN) jointly organized a
special tree plantation program to mark the World Environment Day (WED) on June
5th 2009, which was observed globally with the slogan - Your planet needs you! Unite to
combat climate change. The tree plantation program was inaugurated jointly by the Vice
Chancellor of Kathmandu University Prof.Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma, Dean of School of Engineering
Prof. Dr. Bhola Thapa and LGN President Ms. Amira Dali. The tree plantation program was participated by KU Officials and
students and LGN members, staff and girl students receiving scholarship from
Nepal Educational Scholarship Fund under LGN. A total of 101 tree seedlings
were planted in the newly constructed Ingehansgon
Building ( Block 8 )of School of Engineering premises. The tree species
planted were: Ginkgo biloba, Cinnamomum
glaucescens, Michelia champaca, Prunus cerasoides; Psidium guajava, Cinnamomum
camphora, Fraxinus floribunda, etc.
The tree plantation program was expected to contribute to developing greenery and maintaining natural environment in the University premises. The tree plantation program was coordinated by Associate Professor and Head of Mechanical Engineering Department Dr. Bim Prasad Shrestha and LGN Executive Director Mr. G. K. Sangat.
isms | 20 May, 2009 10:41
The group of 7 musicians in title of “Masterdrummers of Nepal” from Department of Music, School of Arts has returned from Austria after performing three big successful concerts in the Linz Parade 2009 Festival in Austria from 28 April to 6 May 2009. On the 1st May they perform in Solar City and second day in Hafen (Harbor) and finally in May 3 in Poestlingberg. The performance by the group was appreciated by the audience presence in the program.
isms | 19 May, 2009 11:16
Mathematical Society (NMS) celebrated its 31st
Anniversary and 10th General Assembly at CV
Raman Auditorium Hall, Kathmandu University Dhulikhel on
Saturday May 16, 2009 (Jyastha 02, 2066). The day-long program
consisted of three sessions: Inaugural session, Scientific session
and the General assembly. Vice Chancellor of Tribhuvan University
(TU) Prof. Dr. Madhav Prasad, Vice Chancellor of
Kathmandu University (KU) Prof. Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma,
and Vice Chancellor of Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST)
Prof. Dr. Hom Nath Bhattarai who is also Chairman of NMS
jointly inaugurated the program.
Scientific session included presentation of three paper by Prof.
Dr. B.M. Tuladhar, Registrar of KU on “On sliding
ladder”, by Prof. Dr. Shashidhar Raj Joshi of
Institute of Engineering (IOE), TU on “Algorithmic
mathematics” and by Mr. Ramchandra Pokharel of Padma
Kanya Campus, TU on “TU: A study on student’s
NMS General Assembly formed a eleven members executive committee for
the years 2009-2011 under the Chairmanship of Prof. Dr. Bhadra Man
Tuladhar. The vice president, secretary, joint secretary and
treasurer are Mrs Sharda Shrestha, Dr. Chet Raj Bhatta,
Dr. Kanhaiya Jha and Mrs. Kabita Luitel respectively.
Other six members are Mr. Rabi Ratna Shakya, Mr. Narayan
Prasad Pahadi, Mr. Eka Ratna Acharya, Mr. Ganesh Raj
Bhandari, Mr. Pushkar Raj Pokharel and Mr. Kedar Nath
Congratulations to all NMS executive members.
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.