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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.

Mr. Khagendra Acharya attended International Workshop in Israel

isms | 08 November, 2009 15:52

Mr. Khagendra Acharya, Lecturer at the Department of Languages and Mass Communication, attended an International Workshop on Media Strategies for Social Change held in Haifa, Israel from 19-30 October. 

Mr. Acharya who was selected a group leader of the team that comprised Jo from China, Luis from El Salvador,Grace from Nigeria and Rosan from Philipines, presented a power point presentation on the title Global Crisis: Who Suffers?

Dr Jyoti Upadhyaya visited Canada as a Visiting Professor

isms | 06 November, 2009 11:15

Dr. Jyoti Upadhyaya visited the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada as a Visiting Professor.   She also presented a paper on “Mathematical modeling of mortality for countries with limited and defective data” on 23rd October in the Statistics and Computing colloquium of the department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Guelph. Two research papers were completed and submitted for publication during this time. She also visited the Department of Statistics, St Catherine, Brock University, Ontario, Canada.

DMSDC change to HiCCRDC

isms | 05 November, 2009 12:07

The Disaster Management and Sustainable Development Center (DMSDC) of Kathmandu University is renamed to the Himalayan Cryosphere, Climate and Disaster Research Center (HiCCDRC) in October 2009. The HiCCDRC is under the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering (DESE), School of Science (SOS) in Kathmandu University (KU), Dhulikhel, Nepal

The main objective of the center is to carry out research on cryospheric science and climate change related issues and produce young researchers in these fields. 

The specific objectives of the center include: 

·          Research on snow, glacier, glacial lakes, hydrology, disaster, energy, biodiversity, climate change and related issues- in house, collaborative and cliental

·          Trainings- in house and outside cliental in the above mentioned topics

·          Course offerings – M. Sc. by research, M. Phil. and Ph. D. in Glaciology

·          Provide services to university in the related expertise

·          Organize relevant workshop/seminar/conferences

·          Develops national/international linkage and collaborations


Dr. Subedi present the paper in ICPE 2009, Bangkok, Thailand

isms | 28 October, 2009 13:42

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Dr. Deepak Prasad Subedi participated and presented a research paper in the International Conference on Physics Education (ICPE 2009), held in Bangkok, Thailand, during Oct. 18-24 2009. The title of his presentation was Contact angle measurement and its importance in surface characterization.   In the mean time, he also attended the meeting of the national point of contact of the Asian Physics Education Network (ASPEN) held in the same venue.

Workshop in Renewable Nepal

isms | 27 October, 2009 14:48

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Renewable Nepal Kickoff Workshop was held in Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel on October 27, 2009. The ‘Renewable Nepal project aims to stimulate industrial application research in renewable energy technologies at Nepalese Universities, by financially supporting industry institution partnership researches. The project is funded by NORAD and is jointly managed by Kathmandu University, Nepal and SINTEF Energiforsking AS (SEFAS) Norway. Under the project framework, a number of selected industry institution partnership research projects will be supported financially upto 80% of the total project costs.

At the workshop, MOU was signed between Kathmandu University and NORAD by the Vice-Chancellor of the university Prof. Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma and His Excellency the Ambassador of Norway Mr. Thor Gislesen respectively.


KU marks 15th Convocation

isms | 23 October, 2009 13:08

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Kathmandu University observed its 15th Convocation Ceremony on the date October 23, 2009 in Central campus, Dhulikhel. On the occasion, Chancellor Prime Minister Mr. Madav Kumar Nepal and Chief Guest Professor S.S.M.K. Kshanika Hirimburegama vice-chancellor of Colombo University from Sri Lanka, Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr Suresh Raj Sharma, Prof. Dr. Bhadra Man Tuladhar Registrar, Deans, students and other distinguished guest observe the ceremony.


Hundreds of students received their convocation oath and certificate of completion on the occasion. Along with certificate some outstanding students Miss Prachiya Pokharel received Chancellor Medal and Joda Bahadur Shrestha Medal, similarly Mr. Hemanta Manali received Vice-Chancellor Medal, and Mr. Subhash Kadel received a RanaBahadur Shah Award.


Chief Guest of the Ceremony

Professor S.S.M.K. Kshanika Hirimburegama, B.Sc.(Col); M.Phil. (Pdn); Ph.D. (Belgium); was appointed the Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo with effect from 2nd January 2008 by His Excellency, the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. Prior to taking this office she was Head of the Department of Plant Sciences and a Member of the University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka. She has received many prestigious awards such as “Woman of Achievement-2006” by Zonta Club-1 of Colombo and has authored 40 research publications/Communications.


She is the first lady chief guest to attend the convocation in Nepal.


Here is the detail of 15th Convocation of KU in various National Daily.


1.       Nagrik

2.       Kantipur

3.       Kathmandu Post

4.       Samachar Patra

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Press Release about 15th Convocation

isms | 23 October, 2009 13:02

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isms | 13 October, 2009 13:59

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Prof. Dr. Sharma participated in the First University President's Forum

isms | 24 August, 2009 09:43

The Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma has participated in the First University Presidents’ Forum on Climate Change & Sustainable Development in Asia & Africa held on 17 August 2009 at Korea University, Seoul, South Korea. The chief guest of the forum UN General Secretary his Excellency Ban Ki-moon has delivered a special keynote speech which was very timely and remarkable on climate change issues and urges to unite for pushing up various issues from bottom-up from the University President’ side and he will try from top-bottom approach to fight with negative impacts of various climate change issues. The Presidents also signed the Seoul Declaration on Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Asia and Africa during the First University President Forum. They also agreed to form a network for education and research on climate change and sustainable development called Asia-Africa Education and Research Network (AA-ERNet). Dr. Rijan Bhakta Kayastha from the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering also participated in the forum.


Dr. Bibuti Ranjan Jha publish a book

isms | 06 August, 2009 11:47

Dr. Bibuti Ranjan Jha publish a book in title of “Fish Ecological Studies in Assessing Ecological Integrity of Rivers: Application in Rivers of Nepal (Paperback)

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Department of Mechanical Engineering is hosting Fulbright Professor

isms | 04 August, 2009 14:08

The Department meeting held on August 3rd 2009 has welcomed Prof. Yogendra Jonchhe as Fulbright scholar. The meeting was attended by Prof. Dr. Bhola Thapa, Dean at School of Engineering, Dr. Bim Prasad Shrestha, HOD, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Mr. Binod Raj Siwakoti, UG Coordinator and other faculty members. 

Prof. Jonchhe has signatory contribution in the promotion of Mechanical Engineering Technology in New York State for last 30 years of academic involvement as a faculty member in State University of New York (SUNY) Alfred State College.

Prof. Jonchhe is recipient of the Outstanding Research Activities Award from SUNY, Colleges of Technology, and Research Council. It was based on his applied research activities such as involvement in Gleasman Stepless Geared Transmission research, development & testing, Electric Car Research Project, Diesel fuel additives research, Ethanol blended fuels research, Biodiesel fuel analytical study, automotive emission research and investigation of hydraulic turbines.

Prof. Jonchhe has been very active with New York State Engineering Technology Association (NYSETA) for the last 25 years. He has hosted NYSETA meeting at Alfred State College in the year of 2007 with the key responsible of making keynote speech, technical sessions, vendors and industrial tours.

Besides his involvement in New York state, Prof. Jonchhe has landmark contribution of international educational activities, he has undertaken similar assignments in 1996-97 as  Professor/Consultant Institute of Technology Tun Hussein Onn(ITTHO) Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia through Alfred State College under contract from MUCIA (Midwestern Universities Consortium In America) led by Purdue University with World Bank funding. The assignment involved teaching, laboratory and curriculum development which also proved to be a great professional development and scholarly activity.

Currently, Prof. Jonchhe is directly involved in teaching and research work at Department of Mechanical Engineering at Kathmandu University where he is teaching Engineering Mechanics for undergraduate students and Internal Combustion Engine for graduate students. He has strong enthusiasm to develop applied research in the field of bio based energy such as Bio fuel at Kathmandu University during his stay in Nepal.

The department of Mechanical Engineering at Kathmandu University feels greatly privileged and honored to host such distinguished personalities from US academia.

Last year, Prof. Rama S. Gorla from Cleveland State University made significant contribution to this department under same program, which eventually brought fruitful collaboration between Kathmandu University and Cleveland State University through Memorandum of understanding signed by both the Universities.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering highly appreciates the support and trust extended to this department by US Government, Fulbright commission and the citizen of United States of America.

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