Kathmandu University News

Kathmandu University expresses solidarity with people of Japan

isms | 18 March, 2011 12:14

 Kathmandu University expresses solidarity with people of Japan

 

Japanese Ambassador to Nepal, H.E. Mr. Tatsuo Mizuno has hosted special dinner program at his official residence in Tahachal in the honor of Kathmandu University officials on March 17th 2011 evening. During the program, Ambassador Mr. Mizuno briefed about recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The dinner was attended by Prof. Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma, VC of KU, Prof. Dr. Bhadra Man Tuladhar, Registrar KU, Prof. Dr. Ramkatha Makaju, Director of Dhulikhel hospital and Mrs. Andrea Makaju, Dr. Bim Prasad Shrestha from School of Engineering and Dr. Sagar Raj Sharma from School of Arts at Kathamandu University.

The program was also attended by Japanese Embassy officials looking after Japanese governmental overseas developmental assistance program in Nepal.

Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma has expressed deep condolence for the bereaved family of Japan worst hit by recent earth quake and tsunami and handed over the letter expressing solidarity with people of Japan to over come casualty caused by recent natural disaster. Dr. Bhadraman Tuladhar has also expressed similar concern. Dr. Ramkantha Makaju appreciated Japanese governmental support extended to Dhulikhel Hospital and assured the Japanese ambassador to let him know how Kathmandu University family can help the people of Japan at this time.

It was agreed to establish Japan Desk at central library of Kathmandu University at Dhulikhel to disseminate accurate information of recent disaster and ongoing rescue activities in Japan. The ambassador of Japan has assured to provide information materials from the Embassy of Japan to Kathmandu University to be kept in Japan Desk.

During the meeting several areas of cooperation between Japan and Kathmandu University and Dhulikhel hospital were discussed.

                                   

 

Prof. Tuladhar Reappointed as the Registrar

isms | 17 March, 2011 11:25

Prof. Tuladhar Reappointed as the Registrar

Rt. Hon'ble Prime Minister and Chancellor of Kathmandu University Mr. Jhala Nath Khanal has reappointed Prof. Dr. Bhadra Man Tuladhar as the Registrar of Kathmandu University as per the Kathmandu University Act 2048. The appointment is effective from March 16, 2011 for four years.

Dr. Tuladhar is a Professor of Mathematics. He is also one of the founders of Kathmandu University, and a Life Member in its Board of Trustees.

Participation of Dr. K. Jha in World Conference 2011

isms | 14 March, 2011 11:42

Dr. Kanhaiya Jha, an associate professor of mathematics in School of Science, presented his research paper as an invited speaker entitled “Generalized common fixed point theorem in metric space by altering distances between points” in the Fifth World Conference on 21st Century Mathematics (WC) 2011 organized by Abdus Salam School of Mathematical Sciences (ASSMS), GC University, Lahore, Pakistan from February 9-13, 2011. The ASSMS that was established in 2003 by the name of Prof. Dr. Abdus Salam (1924 – 1997), the Nobel Laureate of Theoretical Physics in 1979, has become a unique and leading research center of mathematics in Pakistan as well as in SAARC region.

Dr. Jha also got an opportunity to work with Prof. Dr. Josip Pecaric from University of Zagreb, Croatia and his research students at ASSMS. Prof. Pecaric is renowned leading mathematician of Convex Analysis having more than 800 research papers and equivalent citations in American Mathematical Society (AMS) Mathematical Review Numbers. During his visit, Dr. Jha communicated TWO research papers in the peer reviewed mathematical journals. Moreover, Dr. Jha interacted with other professors from different universities about future mathematical events and possible collaborative research activities in Nepal.

KU goes to river bank for street lighting using organic urban waste (vegetables)

isms | 05 March, 2011 22:35

Prof. Dr. Bhadraman Tuladhar, Registrar of Kathmandu University has inaugurated the demonstration  lighting of street lamps by switching on the generator on the eve of MAHASHIVRATRI ( March 2nd 1011 ) at Tankeswar Mahadev tempble of  Kalimati area at Kathmandu Metropolitan City.

Everyday, tones of organic waste are produced from Kalimati market, that can be used to produce biogas by anaerobic digestion process. The produced biogas can be used to generate electricity. Department of Mechanical Engineering at Kathmandu University has collaborated with Tankeswor Mahadev Preservation Society to launch project on installation of biogas plant for generation of electricity for street lighting at Tankeswor Mahadev area situated at the bank of Bishnumati River using vegetable waste of Kalimati Vegetable and Fruit Market. The program is being supported by Canadian Cooperation Organization.

In this project, the students have installed 10 m3 biogas plant as per guideline set by BSP Nepal with slight modification in the feeding section consisting of a chopping mechanism for vegetable waste. The produced biogas can run gas-engine to generate electricity for about 5 hours per day. This electricity can be used for street lighting at Tankeswor area, Mahadev temple, dead body burning areas (Masan ghat ),  ritual house (kiriya ghar), and bhajan ghar using CFL bulbs.

Dr. Rajendra Gyawali delivered a lecture in Belgaum, India

isms | 01 March, 2011 10:23

Dr Rajendra Gyawali delivered an invited lecture on “Pharmacognostical research, development and opportunities in Nepalese Himalayan Plants” in first international conference of society of Pharmacognosy, held in Belgaum India, 18-20 Feb, 2011.

Visit of Prof. Dr. John C. Badoux

isms | 23 February, 2011 12:39

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 17th to 21st February 2011. 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. Centre for Excellence in Production and Transportation of Electrical Energy (CEPTE) is coordinating the research activities at School of Engineering supported by HHF.

During his stay, he discussed with the Vice Chancellor, Registrar, Deans of School of Engineering and School of Science, Professors and Heads from different departments, Faculties and Research Fellows of HHF regarding effectiveness of Research and Development activities supported by HHF of Kathmandu University since 2004. He also had meetings with ex-HHF fellows and recruited new researchers to carry on the work being done in CEPTE. Group discussion regarding the future of Civil Engineering Department of KU was conducted. Splitting the department into different specialization groups like Hydropower, Geotechnical and Environmental Engineering courses were discussed.

He also delivered a speech in the Kathmandu University Lecture Series (KULS-XXI) and interacted with many students and faculties of the University. The topic of his speech was “International Engineering Consulting and Construction Practices: Foundation for infrastructure development”. With quotes like- “The biggest risk is to take no risk” and “Innovation gets us to the top, Excellence keeps us there” he surely influenced the students and faculties to work towards their goal and act responsibly. “Don’t mind having dirty hands” is what he always said, encouraging students to work hard and be sincere and honest.

His support and belief in Kathmandu University will always be acknowledged. 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.

Symposium on Plasma Physics and Material Science Feb 2-3, 2011

isms | 07 February, 2011 13:33

  Symposium on Plasma Physics and Material Science

 Feb 2-3, 2011

Organized jointly by:

Department of Natural Science (Physics), Kathmandu University, Nepal

and

Central Department of Physics, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

Two-day Symposium on Plasma Physics and Material Science was jointly organized by the Department of Natural Sciences (Physics), Kathmandu University and Central Department of Physics, Tribhuvan University, Nepal during Feb 2-3, 2011 at Kathmandu University International Center (KUIC), Dhulikhel, Nepal. The Symposium was attended by 35 participants from different institutions.

 

Prof. Bhadra Man Tuladhar, Registrar of KU, inaugurated the program by lighting a traditional lamp and switching on a plasma lamp. In his address, Prof. Tuladhar encouraged young generations to come forward to contribute actively in research. Prof. Panna Thapa, Dean of School of Science, KU delivered the welcome speech. In his address, Prof. Thapa stressed on the active role of young scientists in the development of a nation. Prof. Bhola Thapa, Dean of School of Engineering, KU also put his view on the importance of the symposium. Dr. Deepak Subedi, Coordinator of the Symposium and Head of the Department of Natural Sciences, KU presented the highlights of the program. The program was conducted by Dr. Raju Khanal, Coordinator of the Symposium representing the Central Department of Physics, TU. Four scientific papers were presented in the first day’s program.

 

Second day of the symposium started with the poster session. The poster presenters were also allocated five minutes each to present their papers orally before they went to the display. Altogether eleven posters related to the research works in plasma physics and material sciences were presented. The oral session on of the second day started with a presentation on Hadronic Mechanics by Prof. Bhadra Man Tuladhar. Altogether four papers were presented. In the closing ceremony, Prof. Panna Thapa congratulated the participants for successful participation and appreciated their contribution. He also distributed certificates to the participants.

 

 

Kathmandu University participated in Fifth SAUFEST

isms | 31 January, 2011 13:29

Kathmandu University participated in the Fifth South Asian Universities Youth Festival (SAUFEST) hosted by BRAC University, Dhaka, Bangladesh, from 25 to 30 December 2010.        A contingent of 10 persons led by Prof. Dr. Jangab. B. Chauhan and Dr. Dhurva Gauchan took part in Folk dance, Light Vocal, Fine Arts, Poster Presentation, Cartoon and Debate.


The Kathmandu University team was honored with the titles Best in light vocal (Lochan Rijal, Department of Music), Best in Public Speaking (Sumati Maharjan, Department of Languages and Mass Communication), Best in Painting (Man B. Harijan, Department of Art and Design) and Best in Poster Making (Shraddha Shrestha, Department of and Design).

The Freshwater Biodiversity Unit (Cambridge, UK) of IUCN Species Programme

isms | 24 January, 2011 14:04

The IUCN Redlist Unit has acknowledged and incorporated the inputs from KU faculties Dr. Bibhuti Ranjan Jha and Dr. Chhatra Mani Sharma in its latest release: *The Status and Distribution of Freshwater Biodiversity in the Eastern Himalaya (2010).* It could be accessed at: http://data.iucn.org/dbtw-wpd/edocs/RL-2010-001.pdf

Kathmandu Valley Campus Silver Jubilee and Kathmandu University Day 2067 Press release

isms | 09 January, 2011 13:49

 

Felicitation of KU Teacher Dr. Kanhaiya Jha

isms | 08 January, 2011 06:10

Felicitation of KU Teacher Dr. Kanhaiya Jha

Dr.Kanhaiya Jha, anassociate professor of mathematics in Kathmandu University, has been felicitatedby Dayanand Anglo Vedic (DAV) SushilKedia Vishwa Bharati School, Jawalakhel, Lalitpur, Nepal for his remarkablecontributions in the field of mathematics in Nepal on January 07, 2011. Thechief guest of this program was Dr. Minendra Rijal, the honorable minister ofcultural, Government of Nepal. On this occasion, two senior mathematicians fromTU Prof. Dr. Shailendra Kumar Mishraand Prof. Dr. Hira Bahadur Maharjanwere also felicitated.

National Seminar on Power and Communication Sector Development- 2010 held in KU

isms | 06 January, 2011 14:34

NationalSeminar on Power and Communication Sector Development- 2010 held in KU

Electricity andcommunication are vital infrastructures of development of a country. Nepal startedits own hydropower plant in the early 1900s. After almost a century, where wehad to stand in a position of exporting the electric power; we are suppressedto live without electricity for 11 hours a day. The per capita energyconsumption in Nepal is only 16 GJ which is very low compared to average Asianfigure of 37 GJ. Also most of the communication industries in Nepal are playinga vital role to increase the Tele-penetration rate at urban and rural areas.However, the services are poor and not satisfactory. The necessity of both thesectors; power and communication are immense and the development of both goeshand-in-hand with collaborative research. With the view of providing a platformto explore the new areas of research and development, Department of Electricaland Electronics Engineering (DoEEE), Kathmandu University organized “TheNational Seminar on Power and Communication” on December 30, 2010.

The program commencedwith the inaugural session in which Mr. Brijesh Adhikary,Graduate Program Coordinator of DoEEE presented his welcome speech. After theinaugural ceremony, the Registrar of Kathmandu University, Prof. Dr.Bhadraman Tuladhar, expressed his views on the importance of technologicaladvancement in the field of power and communication. This was followed by Dr.Bhola Thapa, Dean of School of Engineering, who expressed his views regardingthe role of an academic institution in Power and Communication sectordevelopment. As a key note speaker Mr. Kul Man Ghising,Managing Director of Chilime Hydropower Company Limited shared his expertise inhydropower development in Nepal with a focus on Chilime itself. After this,         Mr. Anand Raj Khanal,Director of Nepal Telecom Authority shared his knowledge in the field ofcommunication. He presented the current scenario of Tele-penetration rate inNepal and talked about the difficulties associated in expanding thecommunication facility in Nepalese terrain. We also had an international keynote speaker representing United International University (UIU), Bangladesh, Dr.Raqibul Mostafa. Dr. Mostafa is an Associate Professor in UIU. He presented theissues regarding the Next-generation technologies in the field ofcommunication. He also presented the state of communication sector developmentin Bangladesh.  The program was jointlyanchored by Ms. Manya Gautam and Mr.Bidur Gautam.

There were altogethernineteen papers presented in the seminar which were divided among threetechnical sessions. The theme of the first technical session was power systemin which seven papers were presented. This session was chaired by Dr.Rabin Shrestha, KU. The theme of the second technical session was RenewableEnergy which was chaired by Dr. Rezwan Khan,  Vice Chancellor, UIU, Bangladesh.  Altogether seven papers were presented relatedto solar radiation, wind energy, bio-mass, solar photovoltaic system and ruralelectrification. The final session was chaired by Dr.Bhupendra Bimal Chhetri, KU. This session consisted of five papersrelated to information and communication system.

There was an enthusiasticparticipation of people from the industries including Nepal ElectricityAuthority, Nepal Telecom Authority, UTL, STM Sanchar, RETS, Swet GangaHydropower and Company and Chilime Hydropower Company Limited. Theparticipation from various and academic institutions was also huge whichincluded Institute of Engineering, Nepal Engineering College, Kantipur CityCollege, Kantipur Engineering College, ACME engineering college, Advancedcollege of Engineering. This program was jointly funded by NOMA and NepalTelecom Authority. The program was a successful event with the team work of theDoEEE members which was coordinated by Mr. Brijesh Adhikary, Mr. ShailendraKumar Jha and Mr. Brajesh Mishra.

In the seminar Mr. KulMan Ghising, on behalf of Chilime Hydro Power Pvt Ltd. presented a cheque ofNRs 25,00,000 (NRs Twenty five Lakhs) for the development of Turbine TestingLaboratory at KU.

 

 

Bed Mani Dahal published following international journal articles and a book

isms | 28 December, 2010 13:16

Dr. Bed Mani Dahal, Assistant Professor at the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering has published following international journal articles and a PhD thesis book.

 

 

1.    Dahal, B. M. (2010). Agricultural intensification in a mid-hill watershed of Nepal: Socio-economic and environmental implications, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway. ISBN 978-82-575-0949-1, ISSN 1503-1667. (Copies are available at KU Central Library)

2.    Dahal, B. M., Nyborg, I., Sitaula, B. K., and Bajracharya, R. M. (2009). Agricultural intensification: food insecurity to income security in a mid-hill watershed of Nepal, International journal of agricultural sustainability, 7 (4): 249-260.

3.    Dahal, B. M., Sitaula, B. K., and Bajracharya, R. M. (2008).Sustainable agricultural intensification for livelihood and food security in Nepal, Asian journal of water, environment and pollution, 5 (2): 1-12.

4.    Dahal, B. M., Sitaula, B. K., Sharma, S., and Bajracharya, R. M. (2007). Effects of agricultural intensification on the quality of rivers in rural watersheds of Nepal, Journal of food, agriculture and environment, 5 (1): 341-347.

Dr. Roshan M. Bajracharya and Dr. Sanjay Nath Khanal participated, representing Kathmandu University, in a multi-national video conference sponsored by World Bank and coordinated by Asia-Pacific Finance Development Center, China

isms | 28 December, 2010 13:15

Dr. Roshan M. Bajracharya and Dr. Sanjay Nath Khanal participated, representing Kathmandu University, in a multi-national video conference sponsored by World Bank and coordinated by Asia-Pacific Finance Development Center, China on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 7:15-9:45am; held at the Nepal Research and Education Network (NREN) office in Dillibazaar, Kathmandu.

 

The theme of the conference was: “Fiscal Policies for Low-carbon Economic Development

About a hundred participants were involved in several countries were present including: China, Philippines, Vietnam, Mongolia, and Nepal.

Key speakers at the conference were:

Mr. Ede Ijjasz, China & Mongolia Sustainable Development Unit, World Bank

Dr. Wang Guijuan, Senior Economist, Research Institute of Fiscal Science, Ministry of Finance, China

Dr. Frederico M. Macaranas, Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Philippines

Mr. Philip E. Karp, EAP Regional Coordinator, World Bank

Major conclusions drawn from the GDLN-AP Distance Learning Seminar:

1. Taxation needs to be done not only in traditional areas (like vehicles, fuel, industries, etc.) but also taking into account environment and climate change externalities (eg., emissions or carbon taxes).

2. There is a need for review and efficient use of subsidies in developing economies; i.e., to encourage the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency/savings!

3. Risk financing must be considered, i.e., policies need to be put in place for governments, businesses and private sector to invest in risk reduction and climate change mitigation.

4. Adaptive as well as mitigative measures/strategies are needed in Agriculture and other sectors.

Mr. Manoj Badu presented his research findings in Burkina Faso, Africa

isms | 28 December, 2010 13:10

As part of an International training program organized jointly by Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and Swedish Hydrological and Meteorological Institute (SMHI), Mr. Manoj Badu, lecturer at the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering of Kathmandu University, presented his research findings on the topic entitled “Assessment of the impact of climate change on human health: A study on the status and trends of malaria and diarrhea with temperature and rainfall variability in Nepal” at a regional seminar in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Africa during Nov. 22 -26, 2010. The research explored the status and trends of those diseases in the last three decades in three major ecological zones of Nepal. The regional seminar was attended by participants from 15 different countries from four different continents in the world. The program also involved field visits to various communities in Burkina Faso aimed at learning the Agroforestry and agricultural practices in the region.
 
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