Kathmandu University News

IFS Research Grant to Mr. Uttam Budhathoki

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.

World Environment Day Observed By Planting Precious Tree Species in School of Engineering Premises

isms | 08 June, 2009 09:26

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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.

 

 





 

Masterdrummers of Nepal from department of music perform a concert in Austria

isms | 20 May, 2009 10:41

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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.

 

 


 

NMS Day Celebration at KU

isms | 19 May, 2009 11:16

Nepal 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.

The 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 achievements”.

The 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 Chhtkuli.

Congratulations to all NMS executive members.

Successful test of "used cooking oil" as a bio-fuel at Kathmandu University

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.

At 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.

Mr 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).

A 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.

The 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.

Seminar on Application of Biotechnology in Industries held

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.

In 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 program.

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KU participates in Fourth SAUFEST

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.

The Kathmandu University team was honoured with the titles Best in Folk Dance and Best in Discipline.
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