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Hydropower Technology Exchange Activities between Nepal and China and Signing of MoU between Kathmandu University and China Three Gorges University in Yichang City, China

isms | 11 December, 2013 04:36

Hydropower Technology Exchange Activities between Nepal and China and Signing of MoU between Kathmandu University and China Three Gorges University in Yichang City, China

A high-level Nepalese delegation led by Prof. Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma, Founder Vice-Chancellor of the Kathmandu University (KU) paid a visit to the Yichang City of China to attend a seminar entitled ‘Hydropower Technology Exchange Activities between Nepal and China’ at the invitation of Yichang Municipal People’s Government.

The visit took place from 04-10 December 2013.

The main objectives of this visit were to exchange cooperation between educational establishments for Hydropower Development, to enhance bilateral partnership and to promote research and development in hydraulics between Chinese and Nepalese Institutions.

 

 

The other members of the delegation include Prof. Dr. Ramesh Kumar Maskey, Associate Dean of School of Engineering, KU, Prof. Dr. Arbind Kumar Mishra, Campus Chief of Institute of Engineering, TU, Dr. Subarna Das Shrestha, President of Independent Power Producers’ Association Nepal (IPPAN), Er. Sher Singh Bhat, Officiating Deputy Managing Director of Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA), Er. Bhoj Raj Regmi, Freelance Senior Hydropower Consultant and former GM of NEA and Dr. Meg Bahadur Bishwakarma, GM of HydroLab Pvt. Ltd.

The seminar chaired by Mr. Jiang Xiaobing, the Vice General Manager and Chief Engineer of China Gezhouba Group Company (CGGC) in Yichang City. On that occasion, the Nepalese delegation made presentation of four papers (See List of Experts and the Papers below) regarding Nepal’s hydropower potentials and opportunities for investment and cooperation on educational exchange and research in the same field.

The delegation also visited three big hydropower projects namely: Dagangshan (2.6 GW), Geheyan (1.8 GW) and the world famous Three Gorges Hydropower Project (22.54 GW) with the support of CGGC. The Chinese hydropower experts shared their experience and expertise with the Nepalese delegation and expressed their willingness to further promote cooperation in the areas of hydropower development in the days to come.  

The delegation also visited China Three Gorges University (CTGU) and held discussion with the President Prof. Dr. He Weijun, accompanied by high ranking officials of the University in cordial atmosphere. On that occasion, the Founder Vice Chancellor of KU, Prof. Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma, and the President of CTGU, Prof. Dr. He Weijun signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on behalf of their respective Universities on 9 December 2013 with the objective of promoting and strengthening bilateral cooperation in hydropower studies and other academic and research areas between the two universities.

On behalf of the Nepalese Delegation, Prof. Sharma thanked the Yichang Municipal People’s Government for the cordial invitation for mutual benefits.

 Table: List of Experts and the papers

Name

Papers

1.     Prof. Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma

Cooperation with China for Hydropower Development in Nepal: Roll of Nepalese Academic Institutions

2.     Prof. Dr. Ramesh Kumar Maskey

3.     Prof. Dr. Arbind Kumar Mishra

4.     Dr. Subarna Das Shrestha

Collaborative partnership between Chinese and Nepalese Investors for Hydropower in Nepal

5.     Er. Sher Singh Bhat

Enhancing governments role for bi- and tri-lateral partnership for hydropower Development

6.     Er. Bhoj Raj Regmi

7.     Dr. Meg B. Bishwakarma

Promoting Research and Development in Hydraulics between Chinese and Nepalese Institutions

Seminar By Professor Stanlaw - Software Reuse and mHealth

isms | 08 December, 2013 09:13


Department of Computer Science and Engineering, School of Engineering, is organizing a seminar in Software Engineering. The seminar will cover two topics:  Software Reuse: Managing Software Variability and mHealth: Using Smartphones to Assist Patients Applying Therapies Outside Clinics. The speaker is Dr. Stan Jarzabek, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, School of Computing, National University of Singapore (NUS).

In this regard, we would like to request you for your kind presence on the following Date, Time and Venue.

Date:      Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Time:     10:30 AM– 2:00 PM

Venue:   C. V. Raman Auditorium

              K. U. Central Office, Dhulikhel

 

Agreement signed between Terre des Hommes, Switzerland and School of Science

isms | 08 December, 2013 08:34

Agreement signed between Terre des Hommes, Switzerland and School of Science

 Foundation Terre des hommes Lausanne and Kathmandu University
Research and Project Impact Assessment: Salyan and Humla Districts
December 2013 to August 14, 2016

 

5 Dec. 2013

Kathmandu University School of Science signed an agreement with Terre des homes (TdH) Foundation, Lausanne, Switzerland to promote research in the field of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and Mother and Child Health- Project Impact Assessment in Salyan and Humla Districts. KU hopes the partnership with Tdh will lead to generation of new knowledge for the benefit of local people and the nation at large.

In addition, Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences (KUMS) will contribute to the health component for conducting surveys and research activities related to mother and child health as well as adolescent health.  Through this collaboration KU will have a suitable platform for its students and also faculty to enhance their knowledge in mother and child health and water and sanitation programs, and to suggest collective measures to minimize the risks to human health.

Graduate and undergraduate level students’ short-term involvement as interns/field data collection/research assistants to Ph.D. scholars is also proposed, which in turn will strengthen the quality of research at Kathmandu University by strengthening the capacity of students during the three-year partnership. Ph.D. Scholars under supervision of KU professors (Prof. Subodh Sharma and Dr. Rajendra Koju) will work closely with Tdh health and WASH national team as well as Tdh Training and Development Department along with regional advisors as and when needed to carry out the roles and responsibilities as defined in ToR to achieve the objectives of the study.

More information about the project can be obtained from the Office of Director, Aquatic Ecology Centre, School of Science, Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel, Kavre.

 

  Photos taken at the time of signing of agreement (left) followed by lunch in KU Canteen (right).

 

 

 

NORHED Project Briefing Held

isms | 08 December, 2013 08:22

NORHED Project Briefing Held

December 5, 2013

A meeting for NORHED project titled “Sustainable Natural Resource Management for Climate Change Adaptation in the Himalayan Region- A collaborative project among Norway, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bhutan” was held at the Office of Registrar, Kathmandu University.

The meeting was attended by the Registrar, Dean School of Science, Head and distinguished faculty members from the Department of Environmental Science & Engineering along with the Chief of Finance Division and the concerned staff members.

 

Expected outputs from this project in nutshell are the following; 

  1. New Master’s programme dealing with NRM, climate change and sustainable resource management initiated at Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) and Karakorum International University, Pakistan (KIU).
  2. Master’s programme at KU and Tribhuvan University Institute of Forestry Pokhara Campus (IOF) updated to include climate change adaptation/mitigation and sustainable resource management.
  3. Ph.D. candidates (faculty from KIU and RUB) enrolled at KU and IOF to do research related to climate change adaptation and sustainable NRM.
  4. Other faculty members at KU and IOF enrolled to upgrade qualifications (Ph.D. or post doc research) dealing with NRM, climate change adaptation and sustainable NRM.
  5. Administrative and support staff at KU, IOF, KIU, and RUB  trained.
  6. National/regional level training and dissemination workshops conducted jointly.
  7. Universities and government agencies collaborate in research and student supervision.
  8. New policies formulated incorporating project findings to address climate change adaptation and sustainable development.
  9. International conference organized jointly by partner universities.
  10. New collaborative project proposals submitted for funding.

 

Details of the project can be obtained from the Office of the Head of the Department, Department of Environmental Science & Engineering. This project is administered for coordination at the Office of the Director, Aquatic Ecology Centre (AEC).

 

 

Ph.d. Fellowship Opportunity

isms | 06 December, 2013 05:36

Notice for 19th Convocation Gown Distribution

isms | 05 December, 2013 17:20

EMMA west and EXPERT III Second Cohort - call for application

isms | 05 December, 2013 09:44

EMMA west and EXPERT III Second Cohort - call for application
 
The call for application is now open for second cohorts of EMMA west 2013 and EXPERTS III. The details are available in the links below.

http://emmasia.uevora.pt/emmasia

http://www.expertsasia.eu/index.asp


All the students, faculties and staffs are encouraged to apply.

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Call for Papers: Fifth Media Research Conference 2014

isms | 03 December, 2013 04:51

Call for Papers:  Fifth Media Research Conference 2014

Department of Languages and Mass Communication (DoLMC), School of Arts and Humanities and Management Unit (HMU), School of Engineering, Kathmandu University, and Martin Chautari (MC), Kathmandu, are jointly organizing the fifth annual Media Research Conference on 27 April 2014(14 Baisakh 2071) with the aim of bringing together researchers, media educators, media students as well as scholars with interest in the fields of social sciences and humanities. Through this conference the organizers hope to augment critical and interdisciplinary discussions on various aspects of Nepali media. We welcome presentations of papers based on recent researches.

 

Please note:

  • Abstract, research paper and presentation can be either in Nepali or English.
  • Research abstracts (of 500 words) along with 2-page (max.) curriculum vitae should reach MC or DoLMC or HMU within the deadline, 14 January 2014 (30 Poush 2070). The abstract can be sent by email, post, or hand-delivered to the MC office or DoLMC or HMU.
  • Decision on submitted abstracts will be conveyed by email by 19 January 2014 (5 Magh 2070).
  • Final paper should be submitted by 15 April 2014 (2 Baisakh 2071).
  • No remuneration will be provided. However, outstanding papers will be published in the publications of Martin Chautari and KU.

 

Date of the Conference:    Sunday, 27 April 2014 (14 Baisakh 2071).
Venue of the Conference:   Kathmandu Univesity, Dhulikhel, Kavre.

Abstract to be sent at:

Martin Chautari
P.O. Box 13470
27 Jeetjung Marg, Thapathali

Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone: 4102027/4238050/4240243

Email: conference@martinchautari.org.np,  chautari@mos.com.np

Or

Department of Languages and Mass Communication, School of Arts, , Kathmandu University

Hattiban, Lalitpur
Email:
media.hattiban@ku.edu.np
Phone: 5251306

P.O. Box 6250 Kathmandu

 

Or

Humanities and Management Unit
School of Engineering, Kathmandu University
Dhulikhel, Kavre

Email: hmu@ku.edu.np

Phone: 011-661399

Details about the conference can be obtained from: Devraj Humagain and Harsha Man Maharjan from Martin Chautari or Dr. Nirmala Mani Adhikary (9841319291) and Hem Raj Kafle (9841351078) from Kathmandu University.

Bid Invitation for KUSL

isms | 30 November, 2013 03:00

Important Notice for 19th Convocation, Kathmandu University

isms | 30 November, 2013 02:50

Workshop on Using CUDA

isms | 30 November, 2013 02:33

Workshop on Using CUDA

 

A workshop entitled “GPU Parallel Programming Using CUDA" was organized by School of Engineering during 13-15 November 2013. Altogether 25 students from various Departments participated in this Workshop.

 

Prof. Dr. Bim Prasad Shrestha, Associate Dean, gave a welcome speech. The resource person of the workshop was Professor Dr. Masatomo Inui. Dr. Inui is a full Professor at Ibaraki University, Japan.

 

The objective of the workshop was to train the graduate students about Graphical Processing Units. Students learnt about programming using CUDA language. During workshop, Prof. Inui also explained the Simulating Particles with OpenGL method.

 

Introduction to GPU Programming, GPU Architecture, CUDA Programming, Matrix Computation, Particle method with OpenGL graphics, Diffusion analysis and CUDA texture were some of the topics covered in the training.

 

Detail of the workshop is available in  http://ku.edu.np/cse/workshop/2013/cuda/

Construction Notice

isms | 29 November, 2013 09:58

Call for Expression of Interest(EOI)

isms | 29 November, 2013 09:43

29 November 2013

Call for expression of Interest

 

Kathmandu University central campus Dhulikhel is setting up physical fitness center for students and staff. For the fitness center, physical shed house structure and gym equipment is required.

We intend to procure following packages,

Package 1:

Shed house with following specifications,

Shed house overall dimension 30 ft, width 20 ft height 12 ft

One gym room of 25 ft X 20 ft.

Two restroom/changing room each of  5 ft X 10 ft.

Package 2:

Gym equipments (Please contact KU physical facility or student welfare for equipment detail)

 

In this regards, we would like to call expression of interest (EOI) from local companies for the construction of shed house using locally available resources and technology.

Interested applicant should provide technical and financial details of the construction along with EOI.

Last date of submission is 7 Dec 2013.

 

 

___________________

Nabendra Poudyal
Manager Physical Facilities
Kathmandu University

 

 

M Phil Scholars' Presentations and Publications

isms | 25 November, 2013 07:32

 

M Phil Scholars' Presentations and Publications 
 
Four M Phil research scholars (Mathematics, batch 2011) have got their papers published in the International Journal of Landslide and Environment.

 

The articles are their research findings presented in the 11th International Symposium on Mitigation of Geo-disaster in Asia (MGDA-11) held in Kathmandu and Pokhara from 22nd - 28th October, 2013.

Over one hundred scientists, engineers and researchers from different countries had participated in the symposium, which was inaugurated by the Chairperson of the Council of Ministers, Mr. Khil Raj Regmi.  

The list of published papers is as follows:

1. Jeevan Kafle, Parameshwari Kattel, Puskar Raj Pokhrel, Khim B. Khattri, Dil B. Gurung, Shiva P. Pudasaini, 2013: Dynamic Interaction Between a Two-Phase Submarine Landslide and a Fluid Reservoir. Int. J. Lsld. Env. 1(1), 35-36.

2. Parameshwari Kattel, Khim B. Khattri, Jeevan Kafle, Puskar Raj Pokhrel, Dil B. Gurung, Shiva P. Pudasaini, 2013: Dynamics of Three-Dimensional, Two-Phase Landslides and Debris Flows. Int. J. Lsld. Env. 1(1), 39-40.

3. Khim B. Khattri, Puskar Raj Pokhrel, Jeevan Kafle, Parameshwari Kattel, Dil B. Gurung, Shiva P. Pudasaini, 2013: Some New Insights into the Fluid Flows in Debris Material and Porous Landscape. Int. J. Lsld. Env. 1(1), 43-44.

4. Puskar Raj Pokhrel, Khim B. Khattri, Parameshwari Kattel, Jeevan Kafle, Dil B. Gurung, Shiva P. Pudasaini, 2013: Enhanced Descriptions of Real Two-Phase Landslides and Debris Flows. Int. J. Lsld. Env. 1(1), 75-76.

KU-UNESCO Project Meeting at SoA

isms | 25 November, 2013 07:31

KU-UNESCO Meeting at SoA

November 21, 2013

 A stakeholder consultation meeting of the inception context analysis of the journalist safety project 2013 was held in School of Arts, Hattiban Complex.

As one of the key activities of the UNESCO/UNPFN project, 'Increasing the Safety of Journalists' an Inception Context Analysis was conducted by the Department of Languages and Mass Communication. The meeting was aimed at sharing the project findings and collecting feedback from the stakeholders for the preparation of the final report.

Mr. Axel Plathe, UNESCO representative to Nepal, started the meeting with a brief overview of the journalist security situation in Nepal, and stressed UNESCO’s interest in developing an effective national mechanism for journalist safety.

Dr. Nirmala Mani Adhikary, coordinator of the KU media studies program and the team leader of the inception context analysis, presented the findings and progress of the analysis, and addressed various questions raised by the stakeholders and participants.

Prof. Dr. Jangab Chauhan, Associate Dean of School of Arts, remarked on the issue of journalist safety from the historical perspective. He said, “The threat against journalists is not only a recent phenomenon, but was prevalent during various political events in the past including the period of struggle against the Rana and Panchayat regimes.

Mr. Laxman Datt Pant, coordinator of the Journalist safety project and head of the communication unit of UNESCO, described the Terms of Reference for inception context analysis.

 Mr. Shiva Gaunle, president of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists, expressed concern over the increasing insecurity of journalists due to national level issues like election and political events.

Among the participants of the meeting were the representatives from International Media Support (IMS/NIMP), Nepal Police Human Right Cell, Federation of Nepalese journalist and UNESCO.

Mr. Shekhar KC, Research Assistant in the project, moderated the 2 hour long event.

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