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Turbine Testing Lab organized a one-day workshop on “Engineering with Traditional Technology” on 4th May 2014 at TTL Auditorium with an objective of disseminating knowledge of traditional technology and its potential application in modern engineering. The workshop was a collaboration of two projects being carried out at TTL, funded by RenewableNepal and University Grant Commission (UGC), Nepal. It was a third in the series of ArtEngineering Workshops being conducted by the lab. Prof. Bhola Thapa, Registrar, Prof. Bim Prasad Shrestha, Associate Dean, School of Engineering, Dr. Hari Prasad Neopane, HOD, Department of Engineering, KOICA members at Kathmandu University, team from Engineers without Borders (EWB), faculties, staff from TTL and students attended the event.
The program was hosted by Mr. Sailesh Chitrakar, Research Fellow at TTL and consisted of three sessions- opening session, technical session and closing session. The opening session started with the welcome speech by Dr. Hari Prasad Neopane in which he welcomed all the participants in the program. Prof. Bhola Thapa officially inaugurated the program by lighting the ‘panas’. He also gave a short speech on the significance of traditional technologies in development of Nepal and how it may be utilized in present case.
The technical session consisted of six speakers. Mr. Niroj Maharjan, researcher from TTL, presented a brief synopsis of the ongoing pump-turbine project at TTL followed by Mr. Subash Panta’s short overview on UGC project of applying traditional techniques in modern engineering. Dr. Shin from KOICA shared the knowledge and experience of Korean development during the program. He talked how Korea elevated itself from the chains of poverty and deprivation to modern sophisticated nation by building on its foundation of old technology and combining it with contemporary innovations. The speech was followed by presentation of Mr. Hridaya Man Nakarmi, Director of D-Matrix engineering who discussed how his team manufactured the model pump-turbine by using the traditional techniques of forging, foundry and casting. He also demonstrated the products manufactured by his company during his presentation. After the speech by Mr. Nakarmi, Dr. Jeffrey and the team shared their experience in Nepal as part of Engineers Without Borders. The final speaker for the session was Mr. Tejesh Man Shakya, Assistant Professor at School of Arts, who exhibited how traditional sculptures are manufactured in Nepal and shared his idea on how such techniques may be applied in modern engineering.
In the final closing session, certificates were distributed to the speakers. Prof. Bim Prasad Shrestha shared his thoughts on the need of uniting the traditional techniques with modern engineering and concluded the session.