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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.

2nd International Conference on the Developments in Renewable Energy Technology [ICDRET'12]

isms | 28 December, 2010 11:13

2nd International Conference on the Developments in Renewable Energy Technology [ICDRET'12]

January 5-7, 2012
Dhaka, Bangladesh

 


Organized By

 


 

Principal Organizer :  United International University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

Co-organizers        :  University of Oldenburg, Germany

                                      Kathmandu University, Nepal

                                      Center for Energy and Global Environment, VPISU,USA

Conference Objective:

Development in renewable energy (RE) technology over last few years has resulted in tremendous interest in this sector as a viable alternative source of energy to conventional energy resources. Earlier, renewable energy was considered to be an extremely expensive source of energy with main application in the developed world. With falling prices of Solar PV panels and development of Wind energy technology, many of the developing nations are considering RE as a viable alternative in remote locations. Importance of renewable energy is gradually penetrating the minds of the general population of South Asian countries likeBangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The 2nd International Conference on the Developments in Renewable Energy Technology ( ICDRET) has been organized with a view to exchanging the ideas on implementation and dissemination of renewable energy technology in different parts of the world, with particular interest in the South Asia region.  The scope of the conference will not be limited to technology only rather it will also address the economic and sociological aspects of renewable energy. The conference will be a forum for sharing experiences, exchanging the views from different tiers of this sector and help to forge a long lasting bondage between the academia, industry and the people involved in the dissemination of the technology at the grass root level.

Venue: 
             United International University.
             House # 80, Road #8A (Old -15),   
             Satmasjid Road, Dhanmondi,         
             Dhaka-1209.

Dates: 
           
 January 5-7, 2012

 

For more detail please click the link provided.

http://www.uiubd.com/Content.php?page=Others&Id=2388&pId=1226&pageId=1226&Type=1&fnchk=3

Mr. Uttam Budhathoki participated in PSWC 2010, USA

isms | 23 December, 2010 15:23

Mr. Uttam Budhathoki participated in the Pharmaceutical Science World Congress (PSWC 2010) jointly organized by American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) and International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) held in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA from 13 to 18 November 2010 . He received Travelship Award to attend the congress. He did a poster presentation in the congress entitled "Formulation and Characterization of Glicazide-Loaded Alginate Microspheres prepared by Cross Linking Technique".

Al Jazeera TV broadcast the flick of fish sampling done by Dr. Bibhuti Ranjan Jha

isms | 21 December, 2010 09:59

This is a short (3 minutes) flick of fish sampling done by Dr. Bibhuti Ranjan Jha and his team (Arun Rana, Kumar Khatri and Viplab Joshi) as covered and broadcasted by Al Jazeera TV. It is available in Youtube with the above link.

 

The link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OW5ZbWcuDOI

Mr. Jae Min Kim delivered a lecture on E-Learning System

isms | 15 December, 2010 14:19

 

 

Mr. Jae Min  Kim, an e-learning expert from KOICA, delivered a lecture on “Framework for Nationwide e-learning System as an –Learning Platform” on December 15, 2010 in Kathmandu University amidst faculty members and students from School of Science and Engineering.

Mr. Kim has multi divergence experience in Information Technology Industries and has successfully implemented e-learning system at various places. He will look after the implementation of e-learning system in Kathmandu University. Speaking in the programme, Mr. Kim elaborated and presented the significance of e-learning system. 

Prof. Dr. Panna Thapa, Dean of School of Science and Prof. Dr. Bhola Thapa Dean of school of Engineering also attended the lecture.

The program was organized by Department of Computer Science and Engineering. 

Kathmandu University celebrate its 16th Convocation

isms | 14 December, 2010 14:27

Kathmandu University celebrated its 16th Convocation on Dec 10, 2010, at KUSMS Basic Science Building, Chaukot. Rt. Hon'ble Dr. Ram Baran Yadav, President was the chief guest and Prof. Berit Johnanne Kjeldstad, the guest of Honor of the ceremony. In the16th Convocation, 792 medical graduates received their degree, among them 151 received their MD/MS/MDS degree, 591 MBBS degree and 50 BSc., Nursing degree.  On the day, 590 students attended the ceremony.

 

Khagendra Acharya received Ford Foundation Grant

isms | 14 December, 2010 09:58

Mr. Khagendra Acharya, Lecturer in the Department of Languages and Mass Communication, returned from India after the completion of Scholar-in-Residence Scholarship funded by Ford Foundation and offered by Centre for Contemporary Theory.

The Centre invites four scholars every year from South Asia (excluding India) in the areas of humanities and social sciences to consult the Centre’s library for his/her research work. It also creates opportunity to interact with the students and teachers from M. S. University of Baroda and other neighboring universities on topics of his/her interest. The fellowship is meant to foster cultural understanding between India and its neighbors and to create a climate for intellectual linkages between the countries. 

During the stay for a month, Mr. Acharya interacted with the scholars and students in Gujarat, delivered talk, and visited  historically and culturally important locations both in Gujarat and Maharastra.

Press release of 16th Convocation - 2010

isms | 09 December, 2010 09:33

सोह्रौंदीक्षान्त समारोह (२०६७।८।२२) सम्बन्धी

काठमाडौं विश्वविद्यालयकोप्रेसवक्तव्य 

 
काठमाडौँ विश्वविद्यालयको सोह्रौँ दीक्षान्त समारोह आज मङ्सिर२२ गते सम्पन्न भयो। काठमाडौँ विश्वविद्यालयद्वारा सञ्चालित स्कुल अफ साइन्स, स्कुल अफइन्जिनियरिङ, स्कुल अफ आर्टस, स्कुल अफ म्यानेजमेन्ट र स्कुल अफ एजुकेसनका स्नातकहरूकालागि आज विश्वविद्यालयको केन्द्रीय परिसरमा दीक्षान्त समारोह भएको हो।
 
आज भएको दीक्षान्त समारोहमा स्कुल अफ साइन्सतर्फ ९३ पुरुष र५४ महिला गरी १४७ जना, स्कुल अफ इन्जिनियरिङतर्फ १०४ पुरुष र ९ महिला गरी ११३जना, स्कुल अफ आर्टसतर्फ ६५ पुरुष र ९१ महिला गरी १५६ जना, स्कुल अफम्यानेजमेन्टतर्फ १६५ पुरुष र १५० महिला गरी ३१५ जना र स्कुल अफ एजुकेसनतर्फ ३३पुरुष र १५ महिला गरी ४८ जना गरी जम्मा ४६० पुरुष र ३१९ महिलासमेत कूल७७९ जना स्नातकहरू दीक्षित भएका छन्। दीक्षित हुनेहरूमध्ये साइन्समा १ जना,इन्जिनियरिङमा ४ जना, आर्टसमा १४ जना, म्यानेजमेन्टमा १२ जना र एजुकेसनमा ५ जना गरीजम्मा ३६ जना विदेशी रहेका छन्। ती विद्यार्थीहरू भारत, पाकिस्तान, जाम्बिया, क्यानडा,अमेरिका, ग्रीस, जर्मनी, नर्वे, अस्ट्रिया, डेनमार्क, स्विटजरल्यान्ड र बङ्गलादेशका रहेका छन्।
 
आज भएको दीक्षान्त समारोहलाई विशेष अतिथिका रूपमा सम्बोधन गर्दैसन् २००९ मा अर्थशास्त्रमा नोबेल पुरस्कार प्राप्त गर्ने अमेरिकाको ब्लुमिङटनस्थितइन्डियाना युनिभर्सिटीका प्रा० एलिनोर ओस्ट्रमले दीक्षित विद्यार्थीहरूलाई सल्लाह दिनेक्रममा भन्नुभयो ― 'तपाईंहरूले नागरिक, विशेषज्ञ र प्राध्यापकका रूपमा जीवनमा चुनौतीपूर्णर चाखलाग्दा अवस्थाको सामना गर्नुपर्नेछ। तपाईंहरू आफ्ना कामहरू सम्पन्न गर्दा विश्लेषणात्मकहुनुहोस्, यान्त्रिक होइन। रोगको सही ढङ्गले निदान गर्नोस्। समस्याको गहिराइसम्म पुग्नुहोस्। नागरिकका रूपमा, नीतिविश्लेषकका रूपमा, पदाधिकारीका रूपमा हामीले सिद्धान्त रव्यवहारको तालमेल मिलाउनुपर्ने हुन्छ। अव्यावहारिक नीति प्रस्तावित गर्नबाट जोगिनुपर्छ। वातावरणीय र सामाजिक प्रभावका परिणामहरु बु137ने अवसरलाई हामीले सदैव प्रोत्साहनगर्नुपर्छ। हामीले विगतबाट सिक्नुपर्छ। विगतका त्यस्ता नीतिहरूबाट सिक्नुपर्छ जुन राम्रो ज्ञानमाआधारित थिए र जुन समयानुसार परिवर्तित हुँदै गएका थिए। हामीले विविधताका सम्बन्धमानृवंशशास्त्रबाट सिक्न सक्छौं। वर्तमानका समस्याहरू समाधान गर्दा हामीले समाजशास्त्रीयअध्ययनबाट पनि सिक्न सक्छौं। राम्रो र सही सूचनामा गरिएको लगानीले हामीलाईशताब्दीयौंका लागि फल दिन सक्छ। तसर्थ भविष्यमा नागरिक वा विश्लेषकका रूपमानीतिनिर्माण गर्दा समस्याको गहिराइसम्म जानुहोस् र मानवीय संरचनाको सर्वाधिकमहत्वपूर्ण पक्ष पत्ता लगाउनुहोस्। अव्यावहारिक कुरामा भर नपर्नुहोस्। विगत रवर्तमानबारे  सही सूचनाका लागि विश्लेषणात्मकपद्धतिलाई अँगाल्नुहोस्। वर्तमान ज्ञानका कुनै पनि पक्षमा ध्यान दिनुहोस्, जसलेसमययात्रामा सही सूचना प्रवाह गर्न सकोस् र प्राप्त उपलब्धि तुलनात्मक रूपमाव्यावहारिक बनोस्।'
 
समारोहमा सहकुलपति तथा शिक्षामन्त्री सर्वेन्द्रनाथ शुक्लले भन्नुभयो― 'नेपालको भविष्यको आधार नै युवा पिँढी हो। त्यो पिँढी ज्ञानले सज्जित,सीपले सज्जित र चरित्रले सज्जित हुनैपर्छ। नत्र आजको 'नलेज इकोनोमी' को युगमा हामीपछि पर्न सक्छौँ। अरूसित तपाईंहरूले आशा गर्ने होइन, बरू अरूले तपाईंहरूसित आशा गर्ने हो। प्राकृतिक रूपले हामी गरिबछैनौँ, उर्वरा जमिन छ, अथाह जलस्रोत छ, वनस्पतिको भ48डार प्रशस्तै छ, मिहिनेती भनेरचिनिएका जनता छन्। त्यसैले जुटेर र कस्सिएर लाग्यौँ भने १०–१५ वर्षमै हामी काँचुलीफेर्न सक्नेछौँ।'
 
समारोहमा स्वागत–मन्तव्य व्यक्त गर्दै उपकुलपति डा० सुरेशराजशर्माले भन्नुभयो ― 'आज सूचना–प्रविधिको युग हो, जीवप्रविधिकोयुग हो र अत्यन्त विकसित अवस्थामा पुगेकोे विज्ञान र प्रविधिको युग पनि हो। यस्तोयुगमा हाम्रो मुलुकको प्रवेश कति बलियो र कति सार्थक छ, त्यो हेर्नुपर्ने बेला भएकोछ। नेपालमा सूचना–प्रविधिमा आधारित उद्योगहरू, बायोटेकमा आधारित उद्योगहरू रसेवामूलक उद्योगहरू किन फस्टाएनन्, म्यानुफ्याक्चरिङ उद्योगका क्षेत्रमा जापान,कोरिया, चीन, भारत, सिङ्गापुर जस्ता हाम्रै नजिकका मुलुकहरू एकदमै रफ्तारमा लम्किरहेकाछन्। यी सबै उद्योगका लागि अझै पनि नेपाल उर्वर भूमि हो र रहने नै छ भन्नेकुरा हामीले बु137नैपर्दछ।
 
हामीले यहाँकावर्तमानका युवा वा भावी पिँढीका बालबालिकालाई सपना बाँड्ने होइन, भाषण बाँड्नेपनि होइन, बरू आफ्नै सामर्थ्यमा र आफ्नै बलबुतामा भविष्य–निर्माणका लागि जग बसाल्नेहो र भूमिका दिने हो। यो यथार्थबाट नतर्किऔं, यथार्थलाई साँच्चै नैआत्मसात गरौं।'

आज भएको दीक्षान्त समारोहमा चान्सलर स्वर्णपदक दीपकराज पराजुली(एमएड), भाइस–चान्सलर स्वर्णपदक रुबीना महतो (बीएमएस), जुद्धबहादुर श्रेष्ठ स्वर्णपदकसृजना बज्राचार्य (एमबीए) र रणबहादुर शाह स्वर्णपदक सन्तोष शर्मा (एमबीए) लाई प्रदानगरिएको छ ।

News of International Conference on Ecosystem Responses To Global Environmental Change

isms | 26 November, 2010 10:54

 

The International Conference on ECOSYSTEM RESPONSES TO GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE (ECOREC 2010) was held during November 13-17, 2010, at the Jungle Safari Lodge in Chitwan National Park, Sauraha, Nepal.  Nearly 100 delegates from 13 countries in all participated in the event, which was resounding success!  The Conference was an activity within the Himalayan Universities Networking Project funded by NUFU of Norway and was a collaborative effort of the 5 partners: University of Life Sciences, Norway; Institute of Forestry, Tribhuvan University; Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Kathmandu University; Karakurum International University; and, Kabul University. 

The Key Note speaker Prof. John Smol from Queens University, Canada, gave a very interesting talk on how paleolimnological studies are providing new techniques for tracking past environmental/climatological changes using lake or river bed sediments.  The groundbreaking research over he has been conducting over the past 28 years promises to be an ever-popular method for studies on ecosystem responses to climate change.

Professor Bishal Sitaula from UMB, Norway, also gave a profound talk on linked and multi-dimensional perspectives of global climate change, which highlighted the inter-linkages among the various components of our biophysical environment and the need for an interdisciplinary approach across natural and social sciences.

The majority of participants included student from Nepal and India, but there was also representation from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Poland, Sweden, Norway, USA, Canada, Japan, and China.  Altogether, about 25 papers and 15 posters were presented with the top three poster awards going to students from KU!  First place was the poster by Urshula Bajracharya, second was by Shika Karki, and the third place poster was by Mrs. Farida Begum.

 

 

 
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