Kathmandu University News

Dr. Kayastha contributed in Glacial Lake and Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF)s in Nepal

isms | 03 August, 2011 09:21

Dr. Rijan Bhakta Kayastha, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Himalayan Cryosphere, Climate and Disaster Research Center (HiCCDRC) has contributed in the field based project report published by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) titled Glacial Lake and Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF)s in Nepal in March 2011. Dr. Kayastha has involved in the project from Kathmandu University and contributed in the project as thematic team leader of glaciology. The report was a product of the project “Hazard Assessment and Mitigation Study of Potential Glacial Lakes in Nepal” executed by ICIMOD with the financial support from the World Bank. The main aim of the project was to develop recommendations for adaptation to, and mitigation of, GLOF hazards (potentially dangerous glacial lakes) in Nepal, and contributing to developing an overall strategy to address risks from GLOFs in the future.

Dr. Rijan Bhakta Kayastha has also contributed in recently published Encyclopedia of Snow, Ice and Glaciers Edited by Singh, Vijay P.; Singh, Pratap; Haritashya, Umesh K. published by Springer (ISBN 978-90-481-2641-5; 1254 pages with 659 illustrations, 428 in color).

This encyclopedia mainly focuses on the various aspects of snow, ice and glaciers, but also covers other cryospheric branches, and provides an up-to-date information and basic concepts on relevant topics. It includes alphabetically arranged and professionally written, comprehensive and authoritative academic articles by well-known international experts in individual fields. The encyclopedia contains a broad spectrum of topics, ranging from the atmospheric processes responsible for snow formation; transformation of snow to ice and changes in their properties; classification of ice and glaciers and their worldwide distribution; glaciation and ice ages; glacier dynamics; glacier surface and subsurface characteristics; geomorphic processes and landscape formation; hydrology and sedimentary systems; permafrost degradation; hazards caused by cryospheric changes; and trends of glacier retreat on the global scale along with the impact of climate change.

International Seminar on Solar Photovoltaic Systems, 11-12 December 2011

isms | 29 July, 2011 10:21


An Alternate Solution for the Growing Energy Demand
11-12 December 2011

Jointly organized by:
Kathmandu University,
Dhulikhel, Nepal, www.ku.edu.np
Alternative Energy Promotion Center / Energy Sector Assistance Programme,
Khumaltar, Lalitpur, Nepal, www.aepc.gov.np

The interest in the use of renewable energy services has grown dramatically during the past few years. Renewable energy sources include mostly biomass, solar energy, wind and hydropower. The uses of solar photovoltaic has become synonymous with renewable energy and are most applicable in rural and remote areas that have no access to electricity grids-places that are often the habitat of poor people in developing countries. Many developing countries are now looking to expand and enhance the use of solar photovoltaic technologies. However many challenges, constraints and barriers remain, to the use of solar photovoltaic systems and promotion of associated technologies. Policy and planning frameworks are required to promote institutional awareness and innovation of solar photovoltaic systems in the public and private sectors.

It has been felt by all the sectors that the solar photovoltaic technology can play an important role of fulfilling the growing needs of energy of the technologically advanced world of today. In the context of environmental, social, political and economic concerns that are highlighting a stronger case for cleaner and more efficient energy, there is a growing prospect for solar photovoltaic systems. In this context, the seminar will help in the exchanging experience and information on solar photovoltaic technology, its prospects and challenges for the growing energy demand.

The Seminar covers the following general topics with respect to solar photovoltaic system
 ¨ Solar photovoltaic technology
¨ Solar thermal technology for electrical power generation
¨ Solar photovoltaic system components-batteries, inverters, charge controllers, lamps etc.
¨ Grid connected systems, stand alone systems and hybrid systems
¨ Building integrated photovoltaic systems
¨ Solar photovoltaic system monitoring and control
¨ Solar photovoltaic system planning and policies
¨ Socio-economic impact of Solar photovoltaic systems
¨ Solar Photovoltaic systems marketing and dissemination

Important Links

Program Schedule  |    Brochure    |    Registration Form    |    Abstract Submission

Important Dates:
¨ Announcement of Seminar: 29 July 2011
¨ Deadline of submission of Abstract: 3 November 2011
¨ Notification of Acceptance: 13 
November 2011
¨ Submission of Full Paper: 28 November 2011
- Registration Deadline
Student: 20th November 2011(Limited Numbers)
Others: 5th December 2011 

Seminar Date: 11-12 December 2011

Seminar Venue:

Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel

Registration Fees:
Students – NPR 1000
Individual – NPR 3500
Corporate – NPR 4500
International– USD 80

 Contact address:
Shailendra Kumar Jha / Diwakar Bhujel / Brajesh Mishra
School of Engineering, Kathmandu University
Dhulikhel, Kavre
Email: spvs@ku.edu.np
Telephone: +977-11-661399 (Ext. no. 0307, 0612, 0819, 0823)
Fax: 977-11-661443
Web address: www.ku.edu.np, www.aepc.gov.np

Admission Open for Bachelor in Media Studies 2011

isms | 17 July, 2011 10:23

School of Arts
Admission Announcement

Bachelor in Media Studies

The program is conducted at the Department of Languages and Mass Communication, Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel. The Department also manages short-term courses in Chinese and Korean languages for the interested students.


Eligibility for Admission: Applicants must have 10+2 or equivalent degree in any discipline  from a recognized institution with at least second division (45%) marks.
                                        Applicants with GSCE A-level must have at-least three A-level subjects with atmost one 'E' in any one of the subject.

Application form, admission brochure and sample questions are available from 20 July 2011 at Yamaji Block (Block 11), Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel (between 10.00 am and 3.pm on working days), with payment of Rs. 1000.00 (non-refundable). The form should be submitted to the Department of Languages and Mass Communication, Dhulikhel. Entrance admission card will be issued after verification of the original certificates.

Last date for submission of the completed application:  8 August 2011
Admission Test:9 August 2011 (Applicants must appear the admission test.)
Interview: 11 August 2011 (Only short-listed applicants will be called for personal interview.)

Students who have passed Class 11 and are waiting for the Class 12 results can also apply.

Orientation on 22 August 2011 and the Class begins from 23 August 2011.

For details contact:
Department of Languages and Mass Communication
P.O. Box 6250, Kathmandu
Phone: 011-661399, 9841319291,9841351078, 9841396922
e-mail: media@ku.edu.np
URL: http://www.ku.edu.np/media

Admission Open for Undergraduate Programs 2011

isms | 17 July, 2011 10:18

Kathmandu University
School of Science; School of Engineering
Four- Year Undergraduate Programs
Admission August 2011

Programs Who can apply?
  • BE (Electrical and Electronics Engineering)
    • Communication
    • Power & Control
  • BE (Mechanical Engineering)
  • BE (Civil Engineering with specialization in Hydropower)
  • BTech (Environmental Engineering)
10+2 or equivalent examinations with minimum of 50% marks in aggregate and 50% in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics (PCM).
  • BE (Computer Engineering)
  • BE (Geomatics Engineering)
  • BSc  (Applied Physics)
10+2 or equivalent examinations with minimum of 50% marks in aggregate and 50% in PCM or Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science (PMCs).
  • BPharm
  • BTech (Biotechnology)
  • BSc (Environmental Science)
10+2 or equivalent examinations with minimum of 50% marks in aggregate and 50% in PCM or Physics, Chemistry, Biology (PCB).
  • BSc (Human Biology)
10+2 or equivalent examinations with minimum of 50%

  Applicants with GCSE A-Level must have minimum of 'C’ grade in at least three related A-Level advanced courses for all undergraduate programs.

Applications can be filled online only
Online Forms will be available from July 20, 2011 at the KU website

Application filling at KU intranet, Dhulikhel
and distribution of Program Brochures, Sample Questions and Scholarship Forms are from
July 24 to August 8, 2011 (10:00 AM to 3:00 PM) at Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel
with the payment of Rs 1000/- ( nonrefundable).

Admission Test Admit Card is issued after verification of original certificates.

The last date for the submission of completed application form is August 8, 2011

Admission Test: Applicants must appear for the admission test conducted by the University on
August 9, 2011, Tuesday at Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel.
Interview: Eligible applicants will be called to appear for a personal interview

Students who have passed Class 11 and waiting for the Class 12 results can also apply on a provisional basis

Orientation on August 22, 2011, Monday and Class begins form August 23, 2011, Tuesday

Limited numbers of scholarships/Educational loan are available for meritorious and economically weak students.
The application for financial support, along with the necessary documents,
should be submitted with the application form.

Kathmandu University
Dhulikhel , Kavre , Phone No:(011) 661525, 6613736 GPO 6250, Kathmandu, Nepal
Email: admission@ku.edu.np

Fishing for a Good Cause

isms | 14 July, 2011 10:02

"Faculty of Kathmandu University Dr. Bibhuti Ranjan Jha and Atindra Sapkota in the June 2011 volume of ECS, Nepal. Visit the Site: http://ecs.com.np/

or directly open the file: pdf file "


Record of Discussion signed by Prof. Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma, Vice Chancellor (KU) and Mr. Heung Yul Choi, Director (KOICA)

isms | 10 June, 2011 13:05

Press release

Prof. Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma, Vice Chancellor of Kathmandu University ( KU) and Mr. Heung Yul Choi, Director of Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), head quarter, Republic of Korea has signed Record of Discussion (ROD) for the establishment of Technical Training Center at Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel on June 10th 2011.

KU and KOICA are the implementing agencies endorsed and authorized by Government of Nepal and Government of Republic of Korea respectively for the implementation of this project. The project was proposed in KOICA project plan of year 2011 and endorsed by the Government of Nepal.

The project would get completed by mid 2013 and will start operating from 2014 as a center at Kathmandu University. The center will provide technical training for unemployed and unskilled youth of Kavre, Ramechap, Sindhuli, Dolakha, Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur districts of Nepal in the field of Automobile Engineering and general Mechanical engineering related professions.

There would be basically three types of training, namely short term, long term and modular and all together about 300 trainees will be trained in one year in different trade professions.

Korean Government will provide 3.5 million US $ and Kathmandu University will provide 1.1 million US $ and all together total cost of project is estimated to be 4.6 million US $. The project cost basically comprises of three components, namely infrastructure, equipments & machineries and human resource development.

Initially four buildings each for automobile, general mechanical, girl’s hostel and boy’s hostel will be constructed under infrastructure at KU central campus, Dhulikhel.  Equipments and machinery for training and demonstration purpose will also be procured.
The existing human resource at Kathmandu University will be further trained to suit as per the need of program under human resource development program, who ultimately be responsible for running the center.


Dr. Bibhuti Ranjan Jha has contributed to ARKIVE

isms | 27 May, 2011 08:30

Dr. Bibhuti Ranjan Jha has contributed to ARKIVE: Images of Life on Earth (WILDSCREEN: Promoting Conservation Through Wildlife Imagery). Please visit the site: http://www.arkive.org/dinnawah-snowtrout/schizothorax-progastus/


Uttam Budhathoki has published and presented his PhD work in international peer reviewed journals and conferences

isms | 20 May, 2011 13:01

Uttam Budhathoki has published and presented his PhD work in international peer reviewed journals and conferences which are as follows:

Research Papers Published International Journals.

1.      Budhathoki U., Thapa P. and Poluri E., Production optimization and partial characterization of xylanase from Brevibacillus borstelensis – MTCC 9874 isolated from soil sample of eastern Nepal and its medium optimization. Journal of Pure and Applied Microbiology; 2010, 4 (1), pp 01-09.


2.      Budhathoki U., Poluri E. and Thapa P. Medium optimization of production of xylanase by solid state fermentation from Brevibacillus borstelensis – MTCC 9874 isolated from soil sample of eastern Nepal and its partial purification. Malaysian Journal of Microbiology (In Press).


Research Papers Presented at International Conferences.

1.      National Biotechnology Conference – 2006: Current Trends & Future Perspectives, on “Screening of thermotolerant xylanase producing microorganisms from different soil samples of Kavre district, Nepal”; September 2nd - 3rd, 2006 held at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee, India.


2.    Third International Congress on Bioprocesses in Food Industries & Fifth Convention of the Biotech Research Society India, on “Characterization of xylanase produced from soil microorganism (S638) of Morang district, Nepal and its medium optimization”; November 6th– 8th, 2008 held at Department of Microbiology, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India


Dissemination of the Research Findings from Gokyo Project: Aquatic Ecology Centre

isms | 20 May, 2011 11:48

Aquatic Ecology Centre is organizing a closing seminar on "Dissemination of the Research Findings from Gokyo" on 1st June 2011 on successful completion of its three year GOKYO PROJECT (2008-2011) funded by WWF Nepal. Aquatic Ecology Centre (AEC) is a centre dedicated to the Research Development and Consultancy which is a division under School of Science of Kathmandu University in main campus, Dhulikhel, working on climate change impacts on aquatic life, soil/ water quality, and hydrological systems since its establishment in the year 2003.  We have faculty & Ph.D. scholars involved in diatoms and macroinvertebrates’ biodiversity, lake bathymetric mapping, limnology, permafrost and lake connectivity studies. The centre is running a research project with acronym GOKYO – Climate change impact on freshwater ecosystem in Gokyo and associated lakes in Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park, with financial support from WWF/Nepal and technical support from different organizations and institutions in the country and abroad.

Note: GOKYO Closing Seminar changed to 1st June Hotel Himalaya at 9 am.

Aquatic Ecology Centre (AEC) as partner organising international conferences in India

isms | 11 May, 2011 14:21

International Conference on Global Environmental Change 2012:


International conference on Advances on Ecological Research 2011:


Publication in Physics of Fluid

isms | 03 May, 2011 15:44

Publication in Physics of Fluid

 A research paper entitled "Some exact solutions for debris and avalanche flows" by Dr. Shiva  P. Pudasaini, visiting faculty at Departmet of Natural Sciences, School of Science, Kathmandu University has been recently published in Physics of Fuild: 23,043301(2011).

For Datail [click here]


Establsihment of Japan Desk at Central library of Kathmandu University,Dhulikhel

isms | 15 April, 2011 11:05

Kathmandu University has established Japan-Desk at its central library in Dhulikhel.

The desk will provide information on recent natural disaster and its aftermath scenario in Japan.

Official Link:

The desk will also provide information on study in Japan, scholarship scheme and faculty exchange opportunities for faculty/staff and students of Kathmandu University.

Japanese Embassy in Kathmandu has provided relevant materials for display and distribution in the desk.

The center is inagurated by Prof. Dr. Bhadraman Tuladhar. Ms. Natsuko Hashimoto, cultural secretary of Japanese Embassy also attended the program.

The MoU was signed by Prof. Said Irandoust, President, AIT and Prof. Suresh Raj Sharma, VC, KU

isms | 04 April, 2011 11:31

The MoU was signed by Prof. Said Irandoust, President, AIT and Prof. Suresh Raj Sharma, Vice Chancellor, KU. AIT would also facilitate KU graduate students to visit AIT for part of their coursework and research. AIT graduate students will be offered internship and teaching experience at KU. Presenting the MoU to the AIT President, Dr. Bim Prasad Shrestha, Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, KU, hoped that this MoU would capitalize on the continued goodwill between the institutions. [more detail .......]

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.

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