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KU's Tribute to Dr. Toni Hagen: Symposium on 'Decentralization and Development: Visions of Toni Hagen'

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.

Prof. Dr. Bhola Thapa, Dean, School of Engineering and Mr. Biraj Singh Thapa,Research Fellow at Turbine Testing Lab presented following papers respectively in Fourth International Conference on Water Resources and Renewable Energy Development in Asia (ASIA 2012)

isms | 31 March, 2012 21:37

NTNU Students visited at KU

isms | 29 March, 2012 11:06

NTNU Students visit at KU

28 March, 2012
Dhulikhel, Kavre

1 PhD and 12 Master students from NTNU, Norway visited KU on 28th March 2012. During their visit they had an interaction with NOMA/EnPe master students (MEEPE and MPPOES), researchers, faculty members and staffs of Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Department. The program was organized by EnPe Program, School of Engineering, Kathmandu University. Master students from NTNU and KU shared their research activities.

Dr. Bhim Shrestha, HOD, Department of Mechanical Engineering, officially welcome the foreign students. Dr. Hari Prasad Neopane, EnPe – MPPOES Coordinator expressed sincere thanks to the students for their visit and highlighted some key points about student exchange program between NTNU and KU. Brijesh Adhikary, EnPe – MEEPE Coordinator share the feature of ongoing community project at KU.

Program was followed by the presentation of Master students from both the universities and researcher from KU. Mr. Suraj Pandey had presented about the progress on gasifier project while Mr. Sudip Adhikai and Mr. Aamod Panthi have highlighted about TTL lab at KU, its structure, ongoing project and its collaboration between water power laboratory at NTNU. Mr. Diwakar Bhujel, Academic Coordinator, EnPe / NOMA – MEEPE Program shared about the research / master thesis done by the students from 3 batches of MEEPE program here at KU. 

Program was conducted by Mr. Nirmal Acharya and concluded by Dr. Hari Prasad Neopane.

The program was attended by different faculty members, researchers, master and bachelor students along with the Dr Bhim Shrestha, Mr. Brijesh Adhikary, Dr. Hari Prasad Neopane, Mr. Suraj Baral, Mr Diwakar Bhujel, Mr. Basanta Raj Pokhrel. 

Interaction and Experience Sharing of MEXT-Japan Study program on April 4th at Kathmandu University

isms | 28 March, 2012 15:35

Visit by the participants of International Centre of Hydropower (ICH) Workshop in Nepal

isms | 28 March, 2012 15:28

Visit by the participants of International Centre of Hydropower (ICH) Workshop in Nepal

Decentralization and Development: Visions of Toni Hagen

isms | 26 March, 2012 15:33

Symposium on

“Decentralization and Development: Visions of Toni Hagen”

March 29, 2012, Kathmandu

Organized by

Kathmandu University and HimalAsia Foundation

 

Date: March 29, 2012 Thursday (Chaitra 16, 2068 BS)

Place: Russian Cultural Center, Kamalpokhari, Kathmandu

 

10.00 am:  Registration

 

10.30 am: Inaugural session

                        Welcome and Introduction of the Program: Prof. Dr. Susannne von der

                        Heide, Director, HimalAsia Foundation

 

                        Toni Hagen – His Life and Work: Dr. Katrin Hagen

 

                        Presentation of Toni Hagen’s Book to Chief Guest and Vice Chancellor:

                        by Dr. Katrin Hagen & Prof. Susanne von der Heide

 

     Notes: Dr. Thomas Gass, Ambassador of Switzerland to Nepal

 

                        Remarks: Prof. Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, KU

 

     Inaugural Speech: Chief Guest

 

     Vote of Thanks: Prof. Dr. Sanjay N. Khanal

 

(Program conduction: Mr. Khagendra Acharya)

 

11.30 – 12.00 am: Refreshment

 

Symposium Session

12.00 am: Mr.  Shambu Ram Simkhada:

The role of democratic principles in developing Nepal

                

12.25 am:  Mrs. Ambika Shrestha:

Tourism through the eyes of Toni Hagen

          

12.50 am: Mr. Deepak Gyawali:

An alternative approach to water and energy development in Nepal: Some speculations on the "Swiss Model" and its efficacy for Nepal's case

1.15 pm: Prof. Dr. Pramod Kumar Jha:

Dr. Toni Hagen’s thoughts on agricultural and ecological issues

1.40 pm: Prof. Dr. Megh Raj Dhital:

 

Contribution of Toni Hagen regarding Geology in Nepal

(Symposium Moderator: Prof. Dr. Susanne von der Heide, Prof. Dr. Sanjay N. Khanal)

 

2.05 – 3.00 pm: Lunch

3.00 pm – 4.30pm: Film Show

1. Dr. Toni Hagen: Documentary Film by NAST, Director Ms Parvati Pudasaini (25 min)

2. Uhileko Nepal: Original Film Scenes taken by Toni Hagen between 1950 and 1960 (55 min)

A Mini Conference held on Kathmandu University Community Education Pilot Project

isms | 26 March, 2012 10:50

A Mini Conference held on Kathmandu University Community Education Pilot Project
 

Date: 24 March 2012

Venue: Dhulikhel, Kavre;

School Of Engineering, KU organized a mini conference on Community education Pilot Project 2010-2012 at CV Raman Mini Auditorium, KU.

Prof Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma, Vice Chancellor of the university welcomed the Himal partner Norwegian team led by Mr. Tore Skeie and his fellows.  The representatives from the Chilime Hydro power and SN Power participated in the conference along with School of Science and School of Engineering deans, project manager, project staffs and a representative of the community. Altogether there were fourteen participants.

Prof Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma, Prof. Dr. Bhadraman Tuladhar, Prof. Dr. Bhola Thapa, Prof Dr. Panna Thapa, Brijesh Adhikary, Prabhat Bista, Shambhu Raya represented KU.  Kul Man Ghising represented Chilime Hydro Power while Suman Basnet represented SN Power. Heidi Westbog Steel, Arm Kill Raushr, Karen Rossebrd, Magnus Aanestad and Tore Skeie represented Himal Partner from Norway. [Read more ......]

Former Minister Dipak Gyawali Handover books to KU

isms | 25 March, 2012 15:28

Former Minister Dipak Gyawali Handover books to KU

 

25 March, 2012

Dhulikhel, Kavre

 

Former Minister Dipak Gyawali handed over some books to the Vice-Chancellor Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma in a program organized by Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kathmandu University.

Dr. Sharma expressed sincere thanks to the contributor Dr. Elizabeth L Malone, Senior Research Scientist at Pacific North West National Lab, USA for her contribution of four-volume 'Human Choice and Climate Change'.

Vice-Chancellor further expressed that dreams can be converted into reality for good people. If you are doing good-work, many people inspired you by supporting your deeds. These donated books are the evidences that reveal our commitment for good-work, he said.

Mr. Gyawali was invited for guest lecture for the students of ME in Electrical Power Engineering (MEEPE) and Master Program in Planning and Operation of Energy Systems (MPPOES) of Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Along with the Vice-Chancellor, Mr. Brijesh Adhikary, Program Coordinator, MEEPE; Dr. Hari Neupane, Program Coordinator, MPPOES; Mr. Ratna Sansar Shrestha, Visiting Faculty; Mr. Subodh Ghimire, Mr. Basanta Raj Pokhrel, and the Master level students of Electrical Power Engineering, and Planning and Operation of Energy Systems were presented. 

British Council Delegation Team at KU

isms | 23 March, 2012 15:42

 

British Council Delegation Team at KU

 

21 March, 2012

Dhulikhel, Kavre.

 

A delegation team of British Council paid a visit to Kathmandu University on 21 March, 2012.

Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma, Vice-Chancellor of the University welcomed to the team led by Dr. Robert Monro, Director of British Council Nepal in an interactive program. KU officials put some quarries about Examination Grading System and its equivalent in the United Kingdom. Mr. Ewan Davies, Country Examinations Manager of the Council briefed about British higher level examination evaluation system.

Kathmandu University is following British Examination System where students get alphabetical grade value instead of numerical value in their obtained marks sheet certificate.

Dr. Monro expressed his satisfactory remarks over evaluation pattern of Kathmandu University.

 

Media Research Conference

isms | 23 March, 2012 11:09

 

Members of Confucius Institute Paid a Visit to Chinese Projects

isms | 22 March, 2012 10:15

Members of Confucius Institute Paid a Visit to Chinese Projects

 

A group of teachers and students from the Confucius Institute at Kathmandu University (CIKU) paid a visit to some of the projects completed under the assistance of Peoples’ Republic of China in Kathmandu on 18 March 2012.

The team visited Civil Service Hospital and Birendra International Convention Centre at Baneshwor, International Sports Complex at Lalitpur, National Ayurvedic Training and Research Centre at Kirtipur and Dasarath Stadium at Tripureshwor.

The delegates in the team comprised of Mr. Zou Bin, director of the Cultural Section of Chinese Embassy; Prof. Dr. Jangab Chauhan, Head of the Department of Languages and Mass Communication, Kathmandu University; Mr. Zhang Shubin, Senior teacher from Confucius Institute at Kathmandu University. Media persons in the team were representatives from Xinhua News Agency and some Nepali journalists. 

Visit of Hon’ble Land Reform Minister at KU

isms | 21 March, 2012 12:00

Visit of Hon’l Land Reform Minister at KU 

On 16th of March 2012, the Workshop “Action plan for the Implementation of recommendations given by High Level Land Reform Commission, 2065(chaired by Hon'ble Haribol Gajurel) and High Level Commission for Scientific Land Reform, 2067 (chaired by Mr. Ghanendra Basnet)” organized by Ministry of Land Reform and Mmanagement with support from COLARP, OXFAM, and CSRC was held at Dhulikhel Lodge Resort. The workshop was inaugurated by the Minister for Land Reform and Management, Hon'ble Bhim Prasad Gautam.  In the Workshop State Minister for Land Reform and Management Hon'ble Jwala Kumari Sah, VC of KU, Prof. Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma, Secretary of Ministry of Land Reform and Management Mr. Dinesh Hari Adhikari, other high level officials from MoLRM and representatives from different NGO including the supporting organization were present.

In the opening session of the Workshop, Vice chancellor highlighted the importance of University to observe the societal requirement and develop the human resources to serve the national need. In this regards, the vice chancellor gave emphasis regarding the establishment of Geomatics Engineering which was started as per the request from the Ministry of Land Reform and Management and conducted with mutual collaboration.  Furthermore, he highlighted the partnership with Faculty of Geoinformation and science observation (ITC), University of Twente for competent human resource development in the land sector in near future.

On the same day, The Hon'ble Minister, Hon'ble state Minister, and other participants of the workshop visited Kathmandu University. Dean of the School of Engineering Prof. Dr. Bhola Thapa extended warm welcome to the distinguished guests. Mrs. Reshma Shrestha (Geomatics Program Coordinator (KU)) hilighted the activities conducted in the land sector at KU whereas Mr. Janak Raj Joshi (Geomatics Program Coordinator /Director LMTC) added the collboration mechanism between KU and LMTC . In his remarks during the visit to KU, Hon' Minister appreciated the contributions of KU in developing human resources required in land sector as per the national need. 

 

 

Hand Over of the report of High Level Land Reform Commission, 2065(chaired by Hon'ble Haribol Gajurel) and High Level Commission for Scientific Land Reform, 2067 (chaired by Mr. Ghanendra Basnet) to Vice chancellor by Hon’ble Minister

 

 

Visit of Hon’ble Minister and state minister at KU 

Call for applications - Scholarship (tuition fees support) for 1 MS by Research Degree position in Mechanical Engineering, Specialization on Energy Economics and Policy, School of Engineering (SOE), Kathmandu University (KU)

isms | 19 March, 2012 13:28

Call for applications - Scholarship (tuition fees support) for 1 MS by Research Degree position in Mechanical Engineering, Specialization on Energy Economics and Policy, School of Engineering (SOE), Kathmandu University (KU) 

 Kathmandu University, School of Engineering (SOE) is currently running the Master’s Program in Planning and Operation of Energy System (MPPOES) under the support of NORAD (Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation) fellowship program.  Currently, total of 20 (Twenty) Masters Students and 2 (Two) PhD fellow are enrolled in the program.  

To complement the existing program initiatives, and initiate research & development activities in the field of energy sector, SOE, KU is planning to start Masters by Research Degree in Mechanical Engineering Specialization on Energy Economics and Policy focused on hydropower development in Nepal. The research degree program is partially funded (tuition fees support for two years) by KU There is a possibility for deserving candidate to take part in teaching and assisting related courses at KU not exceeding 20 hours a week in order to cover minimum living expenses. Additional research fund will seek jointly once the program start.   

 

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MoU has been signed between School of Engineering of Kathmandu University and Himal Power Limited

isms | 18 March, 2012 08:59

On 14 March 2012, MoU has been signed between School of Engineering (SOE) of Kathmandu University (KU) and Himal Power Limited (HPL) for cooperation in “Masters by Research Degree in Analysis of Root Cracks in Pelton runners - A case study of Khimti Power plant”.

The MoU was signed by Prof. Dr. Bhola Thapa, Dean SOE and Mr. Tom Kristian Larsen, General Manager, HPL.

  

The major objectives of the MS by Research Program are:

  1. To identify the stress induced in Pelton Runner which is affected by sand erosion and analyze the causes of root cracks taking a case of Khimti Power Plant,
  2. To propose design conditions, manufacturing and maintenance techniques to improve the life and performance in general avoid root crack in particular.

HPL will provide financial funding of 1 Million NRS and required technical support for this research. The Master’s study will be conducted by Department of Mechanical Engineering. The research will be conducted at Turbine Testing lab under the joint supervision from Waterpower lab at Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU, Norway. 

Prof. Badoux wrapped up his 13th visit at Kathmandu University

isms | 16 March, 2012 14:20

Prof. Badoux wrapped up his 13th visit at Kathmandu University

 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Dhulikhel, Kavre.

 

 

Vice-Chancellor Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma welcomed Prof. Dr. John C. Badoux, a renowned Swiss Scholar, in an interaction program held on 12 March, 2012 at Kathmandu University. He expressed sincere thanks to Prof. Badoux for his decade long contribution for enhancement of academic programs like Bio-Technology, Civil Engineering and Environment Engineering at Kathmandu University. Prof. Badoux is the curator of Happy House Foundation Fellowship, patronized by Mr. Guy Ullens, for the establishment of the Centre for Excellence in Production and Transportation of Electrical Energy (CEPTE/KU), an Energy Research and Development Unit of School of Engineering.

 

Prior to this program, Dr. Sharma, Prof. Badoux and Prof. Ramesh Maskey had made a three-day-long observational tour to Mustang, a remote mountainous area in the Western part of Nepal. The purpose of the visit was to observe the possibilities of new field of studies for assisting academic programs which were the need of the community and the nation herself. The potential areas were identified as energy, bio-technology, agriculture and tourism.

 

Prof. Badoux expressed his optimistic remarks over priority areas and urged Kathmandu University to launch such demanded courses for public need. Along with Government, KU has to tie up with private sectors which are interested to join work together, he said.

 

He further suggested that university should run research and practical based Master and Ph.D. programs. Programs should have to be evaluated with the quality rather than the students’ quantity, he stated. Today KU graduates can be found elsewhere in the world and such appearance proves its good quality, he made a satisfactory remarks.

 

Responding some questions of senior faculties, he further expressed that there is scarcity of getting good students rather than getting funds to run the programs. Funding can be available for research work from international companies. They want to conduct research work by native researchers. University should be conscious about practical work of the students.

 

The interactive program was organized by CEPTE/KU. Along with Vice-Chancellor, Prof. PannaThapa, Dean of School of Science; Prof. BholaThapa, Dean of School of Engineering; Prof. Ramesh Maskey; Prof. Sanjaya Nath Khanal and HoDs and other faculties of Department of Civil and Geomatics Engineering, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering and Department of Bio-Technology interacted with Prof. Badoux in the program.

 

After concluding the program Prof. Badoux also met with the faculty members of School of Science and School of Engineering. Septuagenarian scholar walked around the university premises and observed labs and class rooms in his eight-hour long stay in the University.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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