Kathmandu University News

New Issue of Bodhi Released

isms | 30 March, 2010 14:51

  New Issue of Bodhi Released 

New issue (Vol. 3, No. 1) of Bodhi: An Interdisciplinary Journal, published by the Department of Languages and Mass Communication, has been released. This issue contains 12 research articles from the writers of Nepal, India, Korea, Norway, and the USA. The articles deal with a range of issues including communication, media studies, and journalism practice and education.

Meanwhile, Bodhi has been included in Nepal Journals Online (NepJOL), where it is available at:
http://www.nepjol.info/index.php/BOHDI/index

Visit of Prof. Dr. John C. Badoux

isms | 23 March, 2010 10:44

 

Visit of Prof. Dr. John C. Badoux

Prof. Dr. Badoux, the former President of Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) and the Chief Guest of 12th KU-Convocation 2006, made a visit to Kathmandu University from 16th to 22nd March 2010. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Happy House Foundation (HHF), which is a non-government organization founded by Mr. and Mrs. Ullens in Switzerland. Central for Excellence in Production and Transportation of Electrical Energy is co-coordinating the research activities at School of Engineering supported by HHF.

During his visit, he discussed with Vice Chancellor, Registrar, Chief Examination Controller, Dean of School of Engineering and School of Science, Faculties and Research Fellows of HHF regarding effectiveness of Research and Development activities supported by HHF of Kathmandu University since 2004.

He also interacted with more than 175 students of Kathmandu University on “Engineering and Construction Practices: A Way forward for Continued Infrastructure Development”. After the presentation, he observed Rural Electrification through Water Mill and Axial Flux Permanent Magnet Alternator, piloted by CEPTE/KU, Gramin Urja Tatha Pravidi Sewa Kendra and Centre for Rural Technology, Nepal in Kusadevi VDC.

On behalf of School of Engineering, CEPTE extends its gratitude to Prof. Badoux for his continued support in recruiting research fellows and his vision to establish this institution.

A New Article from Dr. Bibhuti Ranjan Jha

isms | 07 March, 2010 10:34

A new article "Study of substrate and physico-chemical base classification of the rivers of Nepal", by Dr. Bibhuti Ranjan Jha has been published in the journal, Geo-Spatial Information Science -Springer. For detail follow the link: http://springerlink.com/content/pww878648302/?sortorder=asc&p_o=10

Visit of the delegation of SNU and signing of Agreement between Kathmandu University and Seoul National University

isms | 04 March, 2010 15:17

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A delegation of Seoul National University (SNU) led by Vice President of International Affairs Prof Hiwon Yoon and the Director of International Affairs, Jeongnam Hwang visited Kathmandu University on March 4, 2010. The purpose of their visit was to explore the possible area of collaborations between the two universities. The delegate had meeting with Vice Chancellor, Registrar and the Deans of the University.  An agreement on SNU-Woongjin Global Multicultural Scholarship for Student Exchange between Kathmandu University and Seoul National University was signed during the meeting. The agreement has the provision for providing scholarship for a candidate selected by KU per year for one year in an identified field of study. The signing of the memorandum of understanding between the two institutions was also discussed during the meeting and agreed. The agreement consist the provision that both the institutions will cooperate for exchange of faculties, staff, resources, joint research projects and other possible collaborative activities. During the meeting, Vice Chancellor of Kathmandu University highlighted the features of the university and the vice president expressed the desire and interest of SNU to collaborate with KU. 

Seoul National University is Korea's first national university and among top three universities in South Korea.  It is among the 50 best universities in the world university ranking by Times Higher Education, 2008 and 24th in SCI paper publications.

National Seminar on Electrical Power Sector Development- 2010 held in KU

isms | 04 March, 2010 12:14

Nepalstarted its own hydropower plant in the early 1900s. After almost a century,where we had to stand in a position of exporting the electric power; we aresuppressed to live without electricity for 11 hours a day. A giganticfeasibility of 83000MW has been a misery when we are unable to fulfill a peakof 700MW. Under this present context, Department of Electrical and ElectronicsEngineering, Kathmandu University took a leap ahead to gather the field expertsto talk about what could have been done back then and what are the perspectivethat we need to focus from where we are being deprived. The ‘National Seminar on Electric PowerDevelopment in Nepal’(dated: 17th and 18thFebruary 2010) was the outcome of that initiation.

Theprogram initiated with a welcome speech from the Registrar of KathmanduUniversity, Prof.Dr. Bhadraman Tuladhar after which Dr. Bhola Thapa expressed hisviews regarding the role of an academic institution in Power sectordevelopment. He said that the institution can play a vital role by creating manpowers as well as conducting researches in this field. Following, Mr. Dipak Gyawalipresented about the proposed new electricity act and its impact. Mr. Gyawalifocused on the power export policy of the nation and argued that power shouldnot be exported until we have a surplus. Then Mr. Ratna Sansar Shrestha presented the electricity marketing aspect inthe context of Nepal.“The saying There is no electricitymarket in Nepal’ is a myth”,he said. He elaborated the aspect of electricity marketing and the areas whereelectricity could be utilized. He illustrated that transportation, mineralbased industries, agro based industries, etc. are the areas where optimum utilizationof electricity can be obtained. After that, Dr. Janak Lal Karmacharya presentedthe issues related with hydropower development in Nepal.  He spoke about different barriers andobstacles responsible for the degradation of electrical power sector in thecountry. Following, Mr. Dipak Upadhyay spoke on the current issues onthe power sector.  He first the presentedthe current power and energy status of the nation. If immediate step is nottaken to overcome the current energy crisis, the nation will have more energydeficit in the coming years. He also highlighted that we need more storage typehydropower plants and high capacity cross border transmission link can be theother option to overcome the crisis. Finally in the inaugural session Prof. Dr. SureshRaj Sharma, the Vice Chancellor of Kathmandu University elaboratedthe role of KathmanduUniversityin the field of Energy Development. Mr.Brijesh Adhikary was the MC of the program.

There were all together twelvepapers presented in the seminar which were divided among four technicalsessions. The theme of the first technical session was pricing. Papers relatedto the pricing of electricity were presented in this session. Dr. RabinShrestha chaired the session. The theme of the second technical session wasRenewable Energy Technologies (RETs) which was chaired by Mr. Brijesh Adhikary.Papers related to photovoltaic system and WLEDs were presented in this session.Third technical session carried the theme of Renewable and Environment. Papersrelated to the impact of renewable energy technology in the environment. Thisinteresting session was chaired by Dr. Ramesh Maskey. Finally the theme of thelast technical session was given as Miscellaneous. Papers related to powersystem component, pump storage system and drinking water power system werepresented by different authors in this session. Mr. Diwakar Bista chaired thissession.

There was an enthusiasticparticipation of the participants from Nepal Electricity Authority. Othercorporations like Butwal Power Company, Clean Energy Development Bank, SanimaMai Hydropower had their active participation too. The students of ElectricalPower Engineering under NOMA fellowship program also participated in theprogram. “KathmanduUniversityalways looks forward to organize program like this where real life experiencesand research ideas can be debated on and we are excited about it”, one of theparticipant from NEA said.

Afterthe technical sessions, Mr. Bishal Silwal presented his vote of thanks on thebehalf of the organizing committee. Mr. Silwal thanked all the speakers,authors, participants, volunteers and everyone who made  the program a success. 

Nomination of Professor Panna Thapa, Dean, KUSOS as Chairperson of Pharmacy Subject Committee by Pokhara University

isms | 25 February, 2010 10:21

"Professor Dr. Panna Thapa, Dean, KU School of Science has been nominated  as Chairperson of Pharmacy Subject committee of Pokhara University for 2 years starting from February 2010".

16th Asia Pacific Quality Organization (APQO) International Conference on Quality

isms | 22 January, 2010 13:49

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between  Kathmandu University School of Engineering (KUSOE) and Network for Quality , Productivity and Competitiveness –Nepal (NQPCN) to work in cooperation in the hosting of the 16th Asia Pacific Quality Organization (APQO) International Conference on  Quality to be held in Kathmandu, Nepal from 18-20 September 2010  in Kathmandu University. The MOU was signed by Prof.Dr. Bhola Thapa Dean of School of Engineering at Kathmandu University,  and Mr. Bishnu Dass Dangol, President of Network for Quality, Productivity and Competitiveness-Nepal on 17 January 2010. The theme of the Conference will be “Creating Value through Quality”. About 200 foreign delegates and 300 Nepali participants are expected to participate in the conference. Renowned International and National Experts on Quality will be presenting theme paper and best practices during the three days of Conference on Quality.

Recent symposium and workshop attended by Dr. Kayastha

isms | 12 January, 2010 13:50

The Coordinator of the HiCCDRC Dr. Rijan Bhakta Kayastha participated in the First International Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for Asia and the Pacific which was held on 23 and 24 November 2009 in Seoul, Korea. The symposium was organized by the Korea Adaptation Center for Climate Change (KACCC), Korea Environment Institute. He gave a talk on the “Climate change impacts, adaptation and future needs in Nepal” in the symposium.

Dr. Kayastha also invited to the Expert Meeting on “State of Tropospheric Temperature, Pollution, Snow, Melting Glaciers and Potential Impact on Monsoon and High Altitude Vegetation in the Himalayas-Tibetan Plateau” 28-29 December 2009, Teri University, New Delhi, India. The workshop was sponsored by the UNEP and conducted by the Institute of Green Economy in collaboration with Teri University and Sharada University, India. Dr. Kayastha gave a talk on the “Changing Climate over Nepalese Himalayas and Impact on Glaciers.”

The workshop participants are of the opinion that the IPCC conclusion that the Himalayan glaciers could melt by 2035 is not based on scientific studies. The participants, however, wanted to emphasize that this does not, in any way, reduce the need for mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change that has been initiated by the international community.

Mr. Budhathoki participate training program in Dhaka University

isms | 24 December, 2009 14:59

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Mr. Uttam Budhathoki attended a Training Program in Gas Chromatography and Gas chromatography Mass spectroscopy (GC and GC-MS) in Department of Chemistry, Dhaka University, Bangladesh from 09-15 December 2009.

International Foundation for Science (IFS), Sweden, supported him to attend the training as he is an IFS grantee.

Dr. Deepak P. Subedi Participated and Presented on Chemistry in Nature and Natural Resources

isms | 14 December, 2009 10:07

 

Dr. Deepak Prasad Subedi participated and presented his research work on an international workshop on Chemistry in Nature and Natural Resources, Organized by International Foundation for Science (IFS) & Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) during  Dec. 7-10, Chiang Mai, Thailand. As a grantee, Dr. Subedi  was invited by IFS and OPCW to present his  research work  on “ Treatment of Water by Dielectric Barrier Discharge”.  

Kathmandu University celebrates 18th KU day

isms | 13 December, 2009 12:32

KU Day The 18th anniversary of the establishment of Kathmandu University was celebrated as KU DAY amidst a special ceremony organized in the premises of KU Complex at Balkumari, Lalitpur on December 10, 2009.  The function was attended by officials, faculties and staffs of the university as well as some specially invited guests. 

During the occasion, Vice Chancellor Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma congratulated all family members and hailed their contribution for contributing to bring the university at this stage. He also highlighted on the changing role and responsibilities of the university and upcoming challenges for the continued sustenance of the university. He inspired audience telling that Kathmandu University had taken many challenges and crossed the many adverse situations in the past and in future also it will be able to cross all the obstacles and will achieve its objectives.  Registrar Dr. Bhadra Man Tuladhar, in his congratulatory note highlighted on the achievements as well as different policies and strategies KU may follow in coming days to continuously uplifting the KU's status nationally and internationally. 

Dean, School of Engineering Dr. Bhola Thapa, highlighted on the status and strategies for research at KU and Finance Manager Mr.  Kumar Baral made an extensive presentation on financial status of the university along and also suggested some possible strategies to further enhance the financial status during the event.

University of New Mexico Delegates visit Kathmandu University

isms | 09 December, 2009 15:50

University of New Mexico Delegates visit Kathmandu University 

Memorandum of Understanding is signed between Kathmandu University (KU) and University of New Mexico (UNM) to begin formal relationship between two universities. Four-member delegates headed by Dr. Suzanne Ortega (Executive Vice president and Provost),along with  Dr. Phillip Gonzales, Sr. Associate Dean, Arts and Sciences, Professor, Dr. Alok K. Bohara, Professor, Department of Economics and Dr. Kristin Vanderbilt, Associate Research Professor, Sevilleta Long-term research, Department of Biology, UNM were the team members. The objectives of the MoU included exchange of teaching and research personnel, exchange of students, development of joint research projects, organization of joint academic and scientific activities such as academic and professional courses, conferences, seminars, symposia and lectures etc. 

The delegation had series of discussions with the deans and faculties to explore various subject areas where both the universities can go hand in hand from December 1-December 3 in different meetings in KUSOM building, Dhulikhel Hospital and Central Office Kathmandu University.  On December 3, 2009, after the signing of the academic agreement, there was formal inauguration of KU UNM Nepal Study Center in Kathmandu University at KUSOM. The center was opened with the objective to run and facilitate joint activities and research projects on Nepal.

 The delegation also visited and met officials of ICIMOD, NTNC and FoB and discussed the possibilities of various activities along with KU. 

The delegation of Kathmandu University comprising Prof. Suresh Raj Sharma, Vice Chancellor, and Prof Subas KC, Dean of School of Management had visited UNM in April 2008.

President of Korea University visits Kathmandu University

isms | 09 December, 2009 15:03

President of Korea University visits Kathmandu University 
On November 25, 2009 Korea University President Prof Ki Soo Lee visited Kathmandu University along with Dr Heungsuk Choi, Director of International Affair. Kathmandu University and Korea University had signed a memorandum of understanding in August during the visit of Vice Chancellor, Prof Suresh Raj Sharma to Korea University. The objective of the President's visit was to strengthen the relationship between the two universities through exploring the possibilities where both the universities can implement specific academic programs and projects. Korea University is among the top three universities in Korea. It has strong academic-industrial collaboration. There had discussions in number of issues of mutual interest including exchange of students, faculties and scholarships. It also has been agreed that joint research will be initiated in the areas of common interest and benefits in which both the partners can contribute. Some of the fields of research discussed were energy, environment–climate change, pharmaceutical, community medicine etc. President was also accompanied by his wife.

Visit cum Training Program

isms | 25 November, 2009 14:34

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Forum for Civil Engineering Education in Universities of Developing Countries

 

On friendly invitation of College of Civil Engineering of Hunan University, the Dean of School of Engineering, Prof. Dr. Bhola Thapa and the Head of Department of Civil Engineering, Prof. Dr. Ramesh Kumar Maskey participated in a 20-day visit cum training program organized by Hunan University in Chnagsha of Hunan Province of People's Republic of China from 10 to 30 September 2009. Seventeen Participants from six-developing countries namely: Kenya, South Africa, Egypt, Vietnam, Pakistan and Nepal. The visit was sponsored by the Ministry of Education.

 

The main objective of the Forum was to provide opportunity to scholars from Asia and Africa to use it as a platform for sharing knowledge and building network between them for mutual growth in the context of Global knowledge–based economy. There were eleven lectures by professors from Hunan University, one special presentation by participants and one plenary discussion on "Opportunities in International Collaboration and Interaction in Education and Research in Civil Engineering" Furthermore, the visit was supplemented by four technical visits to different design institutions, heavy industries, construction sites related to civil engineering. Participants also have appreciated the visits to different historical and tourist sites in Hunan Province and Beijing including the Great China Wall.

 

As an outcome of the Forum, a Memorandum of Understanding for educational and cultural cooperation between Suez Canal University, Egypt and Kathmandu University has been signed by the authorities of respective universities. Similarly, an Expression of Interest document for mutual cooperation in educational and cultural exchange has been signed by authorities of participating countries. Further, a meeting was held between the delegates from Kathmandu University and representative of Hunan Allonward Hydro-Generating Equipment Co. Ltd on 24-25 September in Changsha of Hunan Province to discuss on various aspects of mutual cooperation (see Minutes of Meeting)

 

Kathmandu University extends its warm thanks to College of Civil Engineering of Hunan University for the friendly invitation and the opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience with distinguished participants from Asia and Africa. Gratitude also goes to Prof. Lee of Confucius Institute at Kathmandu University for organizing this visit.

Mr. K.P. Shrestha and Mr. Vijit Atreya attended JENESYS 2009

isms | 20 November, 2009 14:04

Mr. Krishna Prasad Shrethsa (Graduate Student and Teaching Assistant at Department of Mechanical Engineering) and Mr. Vijit Atreya (Graduate Student and Teaching Assistant at Department of Computer Science and Engineering) have attended Invitation Programme for Science and Technological Human Resources under the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youth (JENESYS) Programme 2009 in Japan from Nov 1 – 14, 2009. During the courtesy call on Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan, on 2nd Nov, 2009, Mr. Krishna Prasad Shrestha delivered special speech on the behalf of all the participating nations from SAARC. During the program, 4 participants have represented Nepal. The rest two participants (Mr. Kaji Ram Karki and Mr. Soyuz Gautam) were from Tribhuvan University.

The objective of the programme was to establish network among Japanese and SAARC Science and Technological human resources and also to establish network within the Science and Technological human resources from SAARC nations. The participating nations were Bangladesh (3 participants), India (6 participants), Nepal (4 participants), Pakistan (3 participants) and Sri Lanka (3 participants). During the program, the participants visited various cities, institutions and industries of Japan. The cities they have visited are Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe. The institutions they have visited are Nagoya Institute of Technology, Kyoto Institute of Technology and Kobe University. They have also visited Yamazaki Mazak Corporation, Panasonic Center at Osaka, Sumitomo Metal Industries – Kashima Steel Works and Yamanaka Engineering Company at Tokyo. The participants have also visited Asian Disaster Reduction Center, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institute and various historic and cultural sites of Japan. According to the participants from Kathmandu University, Nepal, the program remained successful in fulfilling its objectives. Kathmandu University thanks Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan and Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) and all the facilitators of this program.

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