Kathmandu University News

An interaction Program in between Open data for resilence Intiative and Department of Civil and Geomatics Engineering

isms | 31 January, 2013 13:40

An interaction program is organised by  Department of Civil and Geomatics Engineering; Geomatics Engineering program on January 30, 2013 at School of Engineering meeting room, Kathmnadu University to discuss on future collaboration with  Open data for resilence Initiative (Open DRI) Nepal.

 Mr. Subash Ghimire, Assistant Professor and  Co-ordinator of Geomatics Engineering program extended warm welcome to the Guests and participants and presented on the different activities of the Geomatics Engineering Program of Kathmandu University. Similarly, Mr. Shashish Maharjan, Lecturer  of Geomatics Engineering Program presented on various open street mapping (OSM ) activities carried out by the program. Likewise, Dr. Nama Raj Budhathoki, Open DRI  Nepal lead  presented on different issues of Open street mapping and  activities carried out by Open DRI  Nepal.


Mr. Ryan Sommerville, Regional co-ordinator, Open DRI south Asia and Mr. Robert Soden, Open DRI technical lead, The World Bank, Washington DC have expressesed their willingness to work together in this sector with the University. Mr. Janak Raj Joshi, co-ordinator of Geomatics Engineering Program, LMTC, Mr. Pankaj Dawadi, undergraduate program co-ordinator from Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Geomatics Engineering faculties from Kathmandu University Mr. Nawaraj Shrestha and Mr. Ganesh  DhakalMr. Lekhnath Dahal and Abhash Joshi, Instructors from LMTC  actively participated in the interaction program. The interaction program has found out the following interconnected areas for potential collaboration.

·       Organising a Mapathon for international Open Data Day on February 2013.

·       Digitising building footprints, mapping point of interest (POIs), and validating data in the Kathmandu Valley

·       Collecting socioeconomic and building structural data

·       Organising a Hackathon sometime later in 2013

Mr. Subash Ghimire, Assistant Professor and  Co-ordinator of Geomatics Engineering program also proposed vote of thanks to the guests and participants for their valuable time to discuss on various OSM issues.

Application Call for R and D Project Funding Support

isms | 30 January, 2013 14:39

Kathmandu University, RenewableNepal Programme

4th Call for Application for

R& D Project Funding Support

New Applications for Applied Research and Development (R&D) Project Funding Support from RenewableNepal Programme are invited from Nepalese Research Institution (University, College, and other organization qualifying as a research institution) in partnership with Nepalese Energy Industry, and preferably also in partnership with Norwegian/Foreign Research Institution and Norwegian/Foreign Energy Industry, to conduct Applied R&D for industrial development in Nepal in the area of Renewable Energy. The proposed project duration shall be of one year, planned for start from July/August 2013.

RenewableNepal is a Programme for supporting research based industrial development in Nepal. It provides funding support to collaborative R&D projects related to renewable energy technology, planned and implemented by R&D institution in Nepal in cooperation with local industries and Norwegian/foreign institutions & industries. The Programme is jointly managed by Kathmandu University (KU), Nepal, and SINTEF Energy Research (SEfAS), Norway. It is funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad).

The programme is open for participation by all Nepalese and Norwegian/foreign Research Institutions and Industries on competitive equal opportunity basis within the Programme Framework. The Principal Applicant shall be a Nepalese Research Institution, which applies for funding support from the Programme to implement a conceived R&D project with the partners. The Principal Applicant and the Partners shall refer to Application Call Document, General Terms and Conditions, Application Forms & General Guidelines for preparing and submitting the application. These documents are available at http://www.ku.edu.np/renewablenepal for download or can be requested by e-mail to renewablenepal@ku.edu.np.

The deadline for submission of application is 08 March 2013

 In order to assist the application procedure, an Application Assistance Seminar will be organized at Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel, on 12 Feb 2013 (Tues, 10 AM). Please note that prior registration for the seminar is required. The participants shall have referred to the stated documents and preferably started preparing application. Please send e-mail for participation in the seminar by 09 Feb 2013.

NOTE: The application preparation may require considerable time and coordination between the partners. Please refer to the documents and start preparation as soon as possible. Please contact the Programme office by e-mail for assistance.  


KU-SINTEF-NORAD Cooperation 

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RenewableNepal Programme

Kathmandu University

Block 08, Room 506, Dhulikhel, Kavre

Phone: +977-11-661399

Field visit student take benefit of Video Conference System

isms | 27 January, 2013 15:22

Videoconference took place between Dr. Mahavir Pun, Prof. Mahesh Banskota, Dr. Sagar Raj Sharma from Kathmandu Model Hospital Video Conferencing Center and MDEVS students of Kathmandu University who are on an internship field visit to Nangi VDC, Myagdi from Himanchal High School Video Conference Center, Nangi VDC, Myagdi.  In the conference, students share and make queries related to field research experiences to Dr. Pun and Prof Baskota to strength their field visits.


At the mean time, Faculty and PhD student of KUSOA also joined the session through newly installed videoconference center at KUSOA, HatiBhan that helps to share the resources and experience to the student in Magdi.

Faculty and Student from Australia visit KUSOA, Hattiban Complex

isms | 27 January, 2013 15:21

Dr Mark Finn Senior, Lecturer and Dr. Paula Geldens (Co-Convenor) Consultant, Faculty of Life and Social Sciences with 22 students from Swinburne University of Technology, Australia visited KUSOA, Hattiban Complex, on January 22nd 2013 as part of their visit to Nepal programme. The main mission of the visit was to get experience with another culture from inside, focusing around the twin themes of cultural research and intercultural communication.

After welcome session, Prof. Dr. Mahesh Banskota and Dr. Sagar R. Sharma, Dr. Uddhav Pyakurel and Ms. Prarthana Aryal, Dr. Uddav Payakurel gave presentation on Social Equity and Inclusion in Nepal. There was an extensive question-answer session after the presentation.

KU Enhances Video Conference Service

isms | 24 January, 2013 14:20

KU Enhances Video Conference Service

Kathmandu University enhances its Video Conferencing Service. In addition to the Central Campus, Dhulikhel, the service has been established in School of Arts and Education, Hattiban, and School of Management, Balkumari too. Information System Management Section (ISMS) has successfully installed and tested it on 22 January, 2013. The service can be used by all the faculty members, students, researchers as well as staffs of the university in coordination with the ISMS.

Seminar on Astronomy

isms | 16 January, 2013 15:05

Prof. Norbert Bartel from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, York University, Toronto, Canada delivered a seminar  on the topic “Testing Einstein's Universe” on 15th of Jan. 2013 at Kathmandu University.  The seminar was followed by a film on the Gravity Probe B Mission which is written, directed, narrated and produced by Prof. Bartel. The program was organized by the Department of Natural Sciences, School of Science at the E-learning room in Prof. Inge Johansen Engineering Block, KU. It was attended by faculties and students of School of Science and Engineering. The seminar was also attended by the Registrar, Prof. Bhadraman Tuladhar, Dean of School of Science, Prof. Panna Thapa and the Controller of Examination, Prof. Pushpa Raj Adhikary. Dr. Deepak Prasad Subedi, Head of the Department of Natural Sciences, conducted the program. After the seminar, Prof. Bartel also visited the Plasma Physics laboratory at the department. After the visit of the department, Prof. Bartel was presented a Token of Love  by Prof. Tuladhar at his office.


Sarubhakta in Kathmandu University

isms | 13 January, 2013 12:26

PhD in Tourism, Conflict and Peace at the Department of Development Studies, SoA

isms | 13 January, 2013 11:40

PhD in Tourism, Conflict and Peace at the Department of Development Studies, SoA

Mr. Pranil Kumar Upadhayaya, PhD candidate at the Department of Development Studies, School of Arts, KU successfully defended his PhD thesis amidst the presence of various national and international scholars, academicians, researchers and students at the Hattiban Complex, KU on Jan 11, 2013.

The title of the Thesis was Tourism Amidst Armed Conflict in Nepal: Consequences, Copings and Contribution to Peace-building, which was supervised by Dr. Bishnu Raj Upreti (from NCCR North South),  Dr. Sagar Raj Sharma (from the Department of Development Studies, KU) and Dr. Laurent Goetschel (from Swiss Peace Foundation).

This research is part of the ongoing collaboration between the NCCR North South and the Department of Development Studies, Kathmandu University. Among the present in the defense were Dr. Laurent Goetschel, Dr. Andrea Iff (Swiss Peace Foundation), Prof. Bhim Subedi (Tribhuvan University),  Dr. Mahesh Banskota (Dean, SoA) and several other faculties, students and members from the private sector.

Invitation To a Talk Program

isms | 07 January, 2013 14:34

हार्दिक आमन्त्रण !

‘मूल्य–मान्यतामा आधारित शिक्षा’ विषयमा हिन्दूदर्शनका व्याख्याता, आध्यात्मिक चिन्तक तथा लेखक डा. चिन्तामणि योगीद्वारा गरिने प्रवचन कार्यक्रममा उपस्थितिका लागि अनुरोध छ ।

स्थान ः सी. भी. रमण अडिटोरियम
मिति ः बुधबार, ९ जनवरी २०१३
समय ः अपराह्न ४ बजे

द्रष्टव्य ः काठमाडौं जानका लागि बसको व्यवस्था गरिएको छ ।

Vacancy Notice for graduate student in Biogas Plant Project

isms | 01 January, 2013 13:41

Vacancy Notice

Renewable Nepal Project PID-379 invites applications from interested graduates on monitoring activity of the biogas plant that is to be started as soon as possible. Please contact the project leader with your latest bio data.

Jyoti U. Devkota

Project leader

Renewable Nepal Project

Mobile: 9841539845

Training on Glacio-hydrological Modeling

isms | 26 December, 2012 13:52

The Himalayan Cryosphere, Climate and Disaster Research Center (HiCCDRC), Dept. of Environmental Science and Engineering (DESE), School of Science, Kathmandu University (KU) has conducted a 5-days training on Glacio-hydrological Modeling under the Partnership for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Project entitled “Establishing a collaborative assessment of the impacts of climate change on the hydrological regime of the Langtang River Basin, central Nepal” funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the National Science Foundation (NAS), USA from 18 -23 December 2012. The total numbers of training participants were 28. They were from different academic and government institutions such as graduate students of DESE, KU, Central Dept. of Hydrology and Meteorology, Tribhuvan University (TU); Central Dept. of Environmental Science, TU; College of Applies Sciences-Nepal, GoldenGate International College; and staffs from the Dept. of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM), Government of Nepal. According to the Coordinator of HiCCDRC and Principal Investigator of the project, Dr. Rijan Bhakta Kayastha, the training program was a part of capacity building component of the project aiming to give theoretical as well as practical knowledge of glacio-hydrological modeling to young graduate students and researchers.

Recent Development in KU Central Library

isms | 24 December, 2012 14:59

Apart from the Collection, Preservation of Information resources is another important function of the library. So, KUCL has installed 16 CCTVs in different corners of the library to prevent the resources through, so called, malpractice. This is one of the great achievements in the field of library systems in KU. The library automation which we have started in 2005 is now going to be switched in newer version, i.e., an updated version of SOUL1 to SOUL2 in near future which has many more facilities of library operations.


Press Release

isms | 18 December, 2012 14:46


दिनाङ्क ः मङ्गलबार, ३ पुस २०६९

काठमाडौँ विश्वविद्यालयले हरेक वर्षको दीक्षान्त समारोह हुनुभन्दा पहिले पत्रकार भेटघाट कार्यक्रम गर्ने गरेको कुरा तपाईंहरूलाई जानकारी छँदैछ । यस पटकको अठारौँ दीक्षान्त समारोह हुनुभन्दा पहिले पत्रकार भेटघाट हुन सकेको थिएन । संस्थापक उपकुलपतिज्यूले राजिनामा दिइसक्नुभएको र नयाँ उपकुलपतिको नियुक्ति भइनसकेको अवस्था रहेको हुनाले भेटघाट कार्यक्रम हुन नसक्नु स्वाभाविकै हो । त्यसैले आज यस कार्यक्रमको आयोजना गरिएको हो । आजको कार्यक्रममा उपस्थित हुनुभएका सम्पूर्ण पत्रकार मित्रहरूलाई यस कार्यक्रममा हार्दिक स्वागत गर्दछु ।

काठमाडौँ विश्वविद्यालयसभाको ६१ औँ बैठकमा संस्थापक उपकुलपति डा. सुरेशराज शर्माज्यूले विश्वविद्यालयको नेतृत्व नयाँ पुस्तालाई हस्तान्तरण गर्ने गरी पदबाट राजिनामा दिनुभएपछि त्यही सभाको बैठकले सहकुलपति तथा शिक्षामन्त्री दीनानाथ शर्माज्यूको संयोजकत्वमा संरक्षण समितिका अध्यक्ष दमननाथ ढुङ्गानाज्यू र सभासद् डा. लोकविक्रम थापाज्यू सदस्य रहेको उपकुलपति चयन समितिले मेरो नाम सिफारिस गरेको र कुलपति तथा प्रधानमन्त्री डा. बाबुराम भट्टराईज्यूले मलाई उपकुलपति पदमा नियुक्त गर्नुभएको कुरा तपाईंहरू सबैलाई विदितै छ । मलाई उपकुलपति पदमा नियुक्त गर्नुभएकोमा कुलपतिज्यूप्रति हार्दिक कृतज्ञता व्यक्त गर्दछु र सिफारिस समितिप्रति आभार व्यक्त गर्दछु । विश्वविद्यालयको स्थापनामा सक्रिय भूमिका खेलेर २१ वर्षसम्म उपकुलपतिको कार्यभार बहन गर्नुभएको र विश्वविद्यालयलाई हालको उचाइसम्म ल्याइसकेपछि राजिनामा प्रस्तुत गरेर कुनै पनि संस्थालाई अझ अघि बढाउन नयाँ पुस्तामा नेतृत्व हस्तान्तरण गर्नुपर्छ भन्ने आदर्श कायम गर्नुभएकोमा संस्थापक उपकुलपतिज्यूप्रति पनि सादर कृतज्ञता व्यक्त गर्दछु ।

काठमाडौँ विश्वविद्यालयका सन्दर्भमा सञ्चार–जगत्ले सकारात्मक भूमिका खेल्ने गरेको छ । यसका लागि यो विश्वविद्यालय पत्रकार मित्रहरूलाई धन्यवाद ज्ञापन गर्दछ । राष्ट्रिय समाजलाई सकारात्मक दिशाबोध गराउन सञ्चार–जगत्ले अहम् भूमिका खेल्ने हुँदा राम्रोलाई राम्रो र नराम्रोलाई नराम्रो भन्नुपर्ने आदर्शको पालना सञ्चार–जगत्ले पनि गर्नेछ भन्ने कुरामा हामी विश्वस्त छौँ र रचनात्मक सल्लाह–सुझावको सदैव अपेक्षा गर्दछौँ । यस विश्वविद्यालयलाई मुलुकको राष्ट्रिय शैक्षिक गौरवका रूपमा अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय क्षेत्रमा सुपरिचित गराउनुपर्ने दायित्व तपाईं–हामी सबैको भएको हँुदा यसका लागि सकारात्मक सहयोगको अपेक्षा पनि गर्दछौँ । विश्वविद्यालयसम्बन्धी समाचारका लागि हामी सधैँ तपाईंहरूलाई सहायता गर्न तयार रहनेछौँ । 

काठमाडौँ विश्वविद्यालयको नेतृत्व–परिवर्तनबाट मुलुकमा सकारात्मक सन्देश जाओस्, सत्य–तथ्य र निष्पक्ष समाचार–सम्प्रेषण भइरहोस् एवं हामीबीच विचारको आदानप्रदान चलिरहोस् भन्ने मनसाय व्यक्त गर्दै यस्ता कार्यक्रमलाई निरन्तरता दिन तपाईंहरूको सहयोगको अपेक्षा गर्दछु । तपाईंहरूको आजको उपस्थिति मेरा लागि र मेरो समूहका लागि पनि उत्साहपूर्ण बनेको छ । तसर्थ यहाँ उपस्थित हुनुभएकोमा सबै पत्रकार मित्रहरूलाई धन्यवाद ज्ञापन गर्दछु ।

धन्यवाद !

डा. रामकण्ठ माकजू
काठमाडौँ विश्वविद्यालय

Workshop on Plasma Physics and introduction of plasma experiments at university courses

isms | 18 December, 2012 12:54

A Report


Plasma Physics studies and research have been considered important globally because of its several important industrial applications such as nuclear energy studies, material science, neutron generation, thin film deposition, surface modification, magneto-hydrodynamic generator, Plasma accelerators. To introduce these areas through different presentations by experts working in these fields, a one day workshop was organized jointly by the Department of Natural Sciences, School of Science, Kathmandu University & Central Department of Physics, Tribhuvan University on 17th of December, 2012. The program was held at the CV Raman Auditorium hall at KU, Dhulikhel. There were altogether 26 participants in the program. The workshop was focussed basically in explaining the different aspects of Plasma studies and their application in different fields of life.

The program was inaugurated by Professor Dr. Panna Thapa, Dean of School of Sciences, Kathmandu University (K.U.). In his welcome speech, Prof. Thapa outlined a brief introduction of the various programs run by Kathmandu university and also expressed his best wishes for the success of the workshop. The program was attended by different Professors and Associate Professors of Tribhuvan University (T.U.) and K.U. Two internationally established experts on the subject Dr.  Richard Kamendje (Fusion and Plasma Physicist, International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, Austria) and Dr. Suryakant Gupta (FCIPT Division, Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar, India) were invited to participate in the workshop and guide our researchers. The inaugural by Prof. Thapa was followed by a brief description about the history and growth of Plasma Physics studies in Nepal by Professor Dr. Lok Narayan Jha, the pioneer of Plasma Physics in Nepal, Head of Central Department of Physics, T.U. Professor Dr. Jeevan Jyoti Nakarmi, T.U., the first PhD student of Dr. Jha, also shared his part along with the research areas he and his students are interested and working in. Associate Professor Dr. Raju Khanal, T.U., an active member of Plasma Physics research and development of Plasma Physics studies in Nepal, hosted the event. He too discussed his research interests and briefly discussed about his students’ research and different papers published in international journals. The Head of Department of Natural Sciences, K.U., Assoc. Professor Dr. Deepak Prasad Subedi, also an active member of Plasma Physics research and studies in Nepal, described about the experimental achievements in Nepal under his supervision. He explained about thin film deposition, surface modification and other industrial applications of Plasma Physics. Along with these experts of Plasma Physics, students of T.U. and K.U., who had some prior exposure to Plasma Physics/technology, actively participated in the program.

Dr. Kamendje gave a brief introduction to IAEA with lots of information about participation and opportunities for a developing nation like ours. He summarised the events related to the fusion since 1957 to the recent dates. Dr. Gupta, with his delightful presentation, shared the various applications of Plasma technology and importance of Plasma instrumentation.

The program was concluded with a short discussion about how to implement the wide aspects of Plasma Physics in Nepal. The workshop was full of motivation and worth attending. Everyone praised the event and supported the fact that the continuation of such programs will give much exposure to anyone related to this field.

Photo: Participants of the workshop

-Report by: Mr. Taya Nath Chetry: Participant of the workshop

University welcome the new Vice Chancellor Dr. Ram Kantha Makaju Shrestha

isms | 16 December, 2012 15:12

Dhulikhel, Kavre
16 December, 2012

Kathmandu University welcome the new Vice Chancellor Dr. Ram Kantha Makaju Shrestha in a programme organized today at the Central Office, Dhulikhel.

Rt. Hon'ble Chancellor and the Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai had appointed Dr. Shrestha as the Vice Chancellor of the University for a period of four years on 12 December, 2012; as per the recommendation of the search committee headed by Hon'ble Pro-Chancellor and the Minister for Education Mr. Dina Nath Sharma along with other two senate members Mr. Daman Nath Dhungana and Dr. Lok Bikram Thapa.

Dr. Ram Kantha Makaju Shrestha was appointed as Vice-Chancellor of Kathmandu University after the resignation of Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma, the founder Vice-Chancellor of the University on November 9, 2012.

Dr. Shrestha is the founder director of Dhulikhel Hospital. He is Professor of Surgery at Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences. Dr. Shrestha has served Kathmandu University in different capacities such as Senator Member, member of Board of Trustees, member of Academic Council, member of Executive Council, and Associate Dean, School of Medical Sciences, in different time periods.

Addressing the faculties and staffs, Vice Chancellor Dr. Shrestha said that KU has succeeded to present its own characteristics that are well-known to the national and international community. Students must be in the centre whatever we do, and our efforts have to be focused to provide quality education. Further, he said that there are also challenges to preserve the unique features and values of KU and these challenges should be overcome through our mutual effort.

 In the programme, Controller of Examinations, Prof. Dr. Pushpa Raj Adhikari; Deans, Prof. Dr. Bhola Thapa and Prof. Dr. Panna Thapa; and Affiliation Affaires Director Prof. Dr. Sanjay Nath Khanal welcomed the newly appointed Vice Chancellor on behalf of all the faculties and staffs of KU. Chief of Management Service Division Mr. Mukunda Prasad Upadhyaya introduced and briefed the resume of Dr. Shrestha. Representing the local donors, Mr. Prithivi Thapa proposed the vote of thanks on the occasion.

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