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isms | 22 May, 2014 08:37

Dr. Adhikary Publishes in CMR

isms | 22 May, 2014 08:30

Dr. Adhikary’s Research Article in China Media Research journal

Dr. Nirmala Mani Adhikary, Asst. Professor and Coordinator of Media Studies, School of Arts, has his research article published in China Media Research, an international journal simultaneously published from the USA and China.

The bibliographic detail of the research article is as follows:

Adhikary, N. M. (2014). Re-orientation, ferment and prospects of communication theory in South Asia. China Media Research, 10 (2), 24-28.

Details of the paper available at:


Call for Quotations

isms | 22 May, 2014 08:11

Notice for Chinese Language Classes

isms | 22 May, 2014 08:01

Mr. Duwadi in a Video Interview at Ohio University

isms | 19 May, 2014 07:32

Mr. Duwadi in a Video Interview at Ohio University


Mr. Eak Prasad Duwadi, Assistant Professor of English at Humanities and Management Unit, features in a video interview prepared by the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University, USA.

Mr. Duwadi, who was on a six-week study visit (June 2013- August 2013) at Ohio University, USA, as a grantee of Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars, spoke about the initial experiences and expectations in the US. The interview is available at:


Interaction Program on Tragic Snow Avalanche

isms | 16 May, 2014 09:16

Interaction Program on Tragic Snow Avalanche on the Sagarmatha Base Camp

The Himalayan Cryosphere Climate and Disaster Research Center (HiCCDRC), KU, Dhulikhel, organized an interaction program on “Tragic Snow Avalanche on Sagarmatha Base Camp - April 2014” on 12 May 2014 at the Conference Hall of School of Management (KUSOM).

The main invitees to the program included Mr. Krishna Lamsal, Under Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTA);  Mr. Sujan Subedi, Meteorologist from Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (MoSTE); Mr. Ang Tshering Sherpa and Dr. Nima Sherpa from Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), Mr. Pemba Gyalje Sherpa and Mr. Dorjee Lama Sherpa from Nepal National Mountain Guide Association (NNMGA), and Lhakpa Sherpa from Nepal Mountain Instructors Association (NMIA). Besides, researchers and students from KU also participated in the interaction program.



The program started with one-minute silence to pay respect to the departed souls in the tragic snow avalanche (which had occurred in the early morning of 18 April 2014 at the Sagarmatha Base Camp killing 13 Sherpas, missing 3 and injuring six other Sherpas). Dr. Rijan Bhakta Kayastha, Glaciologist and Coordinator of MS by Research in Glaciology program at KU and Miss Sonam Futi Sherpa, student at the same research program, presented about the basics of snow avalanche, its causes and ways to avoid its occurrence.

Representatives from NMA, NNMGA and NMIA also highlighted their activities regarding the snow avalanche and other mountain safety techniques.

Dr. Kayastha recommended setting up an Avalanche Monitoring Group (AMG) comprising representatives from MoCTA, MoSTE, Ministry of Home Affairs, NMA and Nepal Tourism Board, including experts such as glaciologists, meteorologists and geologists. The task of the group was proposed to be as follows:

  •   Carry out avalanche risk assessment in major mountain peak areas,
  • Identify avalanche-prone areas,
  • Analyze the snowfall and weather,
  • Inspect/monitor the avalanche-prone areas before dispatching mountain workers and climbers in the area (field members using binoculars, helicopter),
  • Carry out adaptation and mitigation measures (remove unstable layers, blasting accumulated snow),
  • Form rapid search and rescue team.


All participants of the interaction program agreed to form the AMG and to work through such a group to try to avoid such accidents in the future. A special request was made to NMA to initiate the formation of AMG coordinating concerned ministries and other agencies. 



Call for Quotations

isms | 13 May, 2014 11:18

Shrashta Bhetghat in School of Arts

isms | 08 May, 2014 08:46

Shrashta Bhetghat in School of Arts

Kathmandu University, School of Arts, Hattiban, organized yet another event in the series "Shrasta Bhetghat" (Meet the Writer) in its auditorium on May 6, 2014. Poets Manjul and Sulochana Manandhar were the guests of this episode.  The event was organized targeting the students of Media Studies with special focus on the course, "Appreciation of Nepali Literature". Students and faculty of KUSoA attended the event.

The program commenced with a welcome speech and the introduction of the poets and their works by Prof. Dr. Jangab Chauhan, Associate Dean of KUSoA. It moved ahead with the screening of "Anubhutikaa Thopaaharu" (Drops of Experiences), a video comprising 30 poems by Sulochana Manandhar. The screening was followed by recitation of poems by poet Manjul from his recently released book, Balyakaalsanga Kheldai (Playing with Childhood). Poet Sulochana Manandhar also recited some poems from her latest collection Raat (Night). Aarati Thapa, a student of Bachelor in Media Studies and a talented singer, sang a song penned by poet Manjul and composed by Shubha Bahadur.

Poet Manjul has published a novel, six collections of poems, three travelogues, and hundreds of songs. "Triveni," an album of songs written by him, composed by the Japanese composer Haruhito, and sung by Sunita Subba, is considered to be an outstanding work of art. An active member of the renowned Ralpha movement, Manjul used to travel along Nepali villages singing songs on guitar. A number of his works have also been translated into English and other languages.

Poet Sulochana Manandhar has two collections of poems, a travelogue and a video CD of poetry to her credit. She is considered to be one of the prominent women voices from Nepal, and has been the member of Nepal Academy.  

TTL Organizes Workshop on “Engineering with Traditional Technology”

isms | 05 May, 2014 16:23

TTL Organizes Workshop on “Engineering with Traditional Technology”

5 May 2014

The Turbine Testing Lab (TTL) organized a one-day workshop on “Engineering with Traditional Technology” at TTL Auditorium with an objective to disseminate knowledge of traditional technology and its potential application in modern engineering. The workshop was a collaboration of two projects being carried out at TTL, funded by RenewableNepal and University Grants Commission (UGC), Nepal. It was a third in the series of ArtEngineering Workshops being conducted by the lab. Prof. Bhola Thapa, Registrar, Prof. Bim Prasad Shrestha, Associate Dean, School of Engineering, Dr. Hari Prasad Neopane, HoD, Department of Mechanical Engineering, KOICA members at Kathmandu University, team from Engineers without Borders (EWB), faculties, staff from TTL and students attended the event.

The program was hosted by Mr. Sailesh Chitrakar, Research Fellow at TTL. It consisted of three sessions - opening session, technical session and closing session. The opening session started with the welcome speech by Dr. Hari Prasad Neopane. Prof. Bhola Thapa officially inaugurated the program by lighting the ‘panas’. He also gave a short speech on the significance of traditional technologies in development of Nepal and how it may be utilized in the present situation.



The technical session included six speakers. Mr. Niroj Maharjan, researcher from TTL, presented a brief synopsis of the ongoing pump-turbine project at TTL. This was followed by Mr. Subash Panta’s short overview on UGC project of applying traditional techniques in modern engineering. Then Dr. Shin from KOICA shared the knowledge and experience of Korean development. He explained how Korea elevated itself from the chains of poverty and deprivation to modern sophisticated nation by building on its foundation of old technology and combining it with contemporary innovations. The speech was followed by a presentation of   Mr. Hridaya Man Nakarmi, Director of D-Matrix engineering, who discussed how his team manufactured the model pump-turbine by using the traditional techniques of forging, foundry and casting. He also demonstrated the products manufactured by his company. Then, Dr. Jeffrey and his team from the USA shared their experience in Nepal as part of their work for Engineers without Borders. The final speaker for the session was Mr. Tejesh Man Shakya, Assistant Professor at Center for Art and Design, School of Arts, who exhibited how traditional sculptures are manufactured in Nepal, and shared his idea on how such techniques may be applied in modern engineering.

In the closing session, certificates were distributed to the speakers. Prof. Bim Prasad Shrestha shared his thoughts on the need of uniting the traditional techniques with modern engineering and concluded the session.    




Mr. Pradhan Publishes in "Journal of Earthquake Engineering"

isms | 28 April, 2014 03:49

Mr. Prachand Man Pradhan, Assistant Professor and Acting Head, at the Department of Civil and Geomatics Engineering, has  his research paper  titled " Stiffness Behavior and Shear Effect in Partially Infilled Reinforced Concrete Frames" published in the "Journal of Earthquake Engineering", a Taylor and Francis Publication from UK. The co-authors of this paper are Prof.   Dr. Ramesh Kumar  Maskey and Prof. Dr. P.L.Pradhan.

The research  paper is available in the following link:

KU signs MoU with AEPC and receives a grant around NRs 9.1 million

isms | 25 April, 2014 07:14

KU signs MoU with AEPC and receives a grant around NRs 9.1 million

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Kathmandu University and Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) for Development of test rig and competence at KU Turbine Testing Lab for performance testing of micro hydro turbines manufactured in Nepal on 23 April, 2014 in AEPC office, Khumaltaar, Lalitpur. This event was attended by Prof. Bhola Thapa, as a Registrar, and Project Applicant and Project Leader, Dr. Hari Prasad Neopane, Associate Professor, HOD, and Mr. Sailesh Chitrakar, Research Fellow (TTL) and Project Co-ordinator of this project from Kathmandu University. On behalf of AEPC, Prof. Govind Raj Pokharel, Executive Director, Mr. Madhusudhan Adhikari, National Advisor, Mr. Kjartan Gullbrå, International Senior Technical Adviser, NRREP, Mr. Rana Bahadur Thapa, Program Officer, and Mr. Jagadish Kumar Khoju, Component Manager  were also present in the program.

At present Kathmandu University has been developing a Turbine Testing Lab itself as a center of excellence for Research and Development (R & D) and testing of turbines in Nepal. It has potential to perform tests on different types of turbines. Turbine Testing Laboratory (TTL) has a capacity to perform prototype test up to 300 KW turbines and perform model test for larger turbines.

With a mission to make renewable energy mainstream resource to rural areas of Nepal, AEPC with support from the Government of Nepal and Development Partners is providing the subsidy to micro and mini hydropower projects up to 1000 KW. Cross flow and Pelton turbines are widely used in micro hydropower plants in Nepal. Although standards for Micro Hydro site testing exists and is put into practice, it is rather simple and basic. Hydraulic efficiency of turbines are not measured, but are calculated from the empirical relation considering generator output. Furthermore, lack of test certification of turbines manufactured in Nepal has been facing the problems for the regional and international market for the business. Hence there is a need of standardizing micro hydro turbines by developing testing rig at the facilities already available at TTL.

The grant of around NRs 9.1 million has been granted from AEPC in order to develop test rigs at TTL and design of Francis turbine to be fabricated and installed in micro hydropower plants in Nepal together with technology transfer through training to local technicians. The grant has been provided for a total of 8 months. It is expected that from this project, the standard of micro-hydropower scenario in Nepal will be strengthened by standardizing the testing procedures and certifications of the micro-hydro turbines to be installed in a particular site.


  Some of the glimpses of MoU signing


Talk Program by Guest Speaker Prof. Rajiv K. Saxena as part of event “Celebrating World DNA Day- Unwinding Dreams, Coding Future.”

isms | 22 April, 2014 05:10

2 - Day Training on Latex

isms | 22 April, 2014 04:51

2 - Day Training on Latex

June 5 – 6, 2014

Kathmandu University, Nepal

Register as soon as possible

Find details in the following websites:




Dr. Jha in a Video Interview at Virginia Tech

isms | 17 April, 2014 09:50

Dr. Jha in a Video Interview at Virginia Tech

Dr. Bibhuti Ranjan Jha, Associate Professor at the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, features in a video interview for  "Dean's Forum on Global Engagement: Developing a Community of Excellence," prepared by Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), USA.

The Virginia Tech and the local community celebrated Global Engagement during  March 25-27, 2014, with an aim to raise the visibility of great works related to Global Engagement across the University.

Dr.  Jha, who was on a six-month study visit (August 2013- February 2014) at Virginia Tech as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar, spoke about the opportunity and values extended to him and his University by the academic institutions in the US.


The interview is available at:


DAAD( German Academic Exchange Services): An Interaction Program

isms | 15 April, 2014 12:28

An Interaction Program


Speaker: Ms. Aditi Gosavi


DAAD (German Academic Exchange Services)

Topic: Scholarships and Fellowships

For Students and Faculties


Time: 10:00-11:00A.M.


Venue: C. V. Raman Auditorium

Date: 16 April 2014


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