Kathmandu University News

Successful test of "used cooking oil" as a bio-fuel at Kathmandu University

isms | 23 March, 2009 10:36

Amid the hardships being faced by the business communities and the general public due to the energy crisis in the country, Kathmandu University has successfully tested a very noble and greener source of energy.

At a function jointly organized within the university’s premises by the Department of Environmental Science & Engineering and Mechanical Engineering on 19/03/2009, ‘used cooking oil’ was used to run diesel-based engine. This particular bio-fuel (used cooking oil) was collected by an informal group of volunteers called the “eco-overlanders” from various hotels and restaurants in Kathmandu, which otherwise is thrown away. The bio-fuel can be used to run diesel-based power generators, irrigation pumps and vehicles and is believed to bring in some relief to the business community particularly the hospitality sector which produces a sizeable amount of discarded cooking oil and has to depend heavily on diesel generators to produce electricity at present.

Mr Manoj Badu, lecturer at the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering of the university and a member of the volunteer group ‘eco-overlanders’ revealed about the university’s plan to conduct an eco-friendly trip from the East to the West of Nepal and few different places in India, using the same bio-fuel, which is being supported and sponsored by various non-government and government organizations such as Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC).

A talk program was organized at the CV Raman Auditorium of the University prior to the demonstration of the working of diesel engine. Speaking at the program, Prof. Panna Thapa- Dean of School of Science, reminded students of their responsibilities to the society while undertaking their innovative works in their academic field. Prof. Sanjay Nath Khanal- Director of the Students’ Affairs Division, applauded the biofuel-testing activity and encouraged students to respond to the changing environmental conditions.  Associate Prof. Bhim Prasad Shrestha- head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, revealed various activities related to the development and promotion of alternative energy being carried out by the department at present and plans in future. Associate Prof. Janardan Lamichhane- head of the Biotechnology department, discussed the possibilities related to the exploration and development of environmental friendly knowledge and tools through biotechnological approach.  Senior Training Officer of the AEPC Mr. Nawa Raj Dhakal, talked about AEPC’s role in the promotion of cleaner technologies in Nepal and expressed commitment for further support and collaboration. Mr. Miles Chadwick- a member of the eco-overlanders and volunteer from the UK shared his experience of working under various socio-economic circumstances and explained how small things could make a difference.

The program was attended by the students, teachers and researchers of the university, representative from the Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC), Eco-overlanders, NGOs, Nepalese and international volunteers and media groups.

Seminar on Application of Biotechnology in Industries held

isms | 06 March, 2009 10:43

Department of Biotechnology, Kathmandu University (KU) has successfully organized a two days long seminar, “Application of Biotechnology in Industries” held on 16-17 February 2009 at Kathmandu University International Center (KUIC), Dhulikhel.

The main objectives of the seminar were to explore the application, scopes and prospective of biotechnology in Nepal by means of meticulous discussion and interaction followed by priceless suggestions from the experts in related areas.

In the seminar, renowned academicians, scientists and entrepreneurs working in different fields of biotechnology were present. It was chaired by Dr. Janardan Lamichhane, HOD, Department of Biotechnology, KU. In the inaugural session Prof. Dr. Panna Thapa, Dean of School of Science, KU, spoke on challenges in biotechnology form academics perspective. Enlightening the seminar, the chief guest- Prof. Dr. Dayananda Bajracharya, gave a marvelous speech comparing the science in the 20th and the 21st century and also stressed that professionals should be responsible and continuously try to advance in his particular field.  Prof. Suresh Raj Sharma, VC, KU focused on the utilization of available infrastructure and resources. Also Prof. Dr. Tika Bahadur Karki shed light on the challenges of applied biotech form an industrial perspective. Closing the inaugural session Dr. Janardan Lamichhane highlighted some developments at Department of Biotechnology, KU and also gave a brief introduction to M.S. by research in Biotechnology program.

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KU participates in Fourth SAUFEST

isms | 03 March, 2009 10:40

Kathmandu University participated in the Fourth South Asian Universities Youth Festival (SAUFEST) held in Panjab University, Chandigarh, from 12 to 16 February 2009. A contingent of 21 persons led by Hem Raj Kafle and Tirtha Raj Adhikary took part in Folk dance, Light Vocal, Group Song, Fine Arts and Debate.

The Kathmandu University team was honoured with the titles Best in Folk Dance and Best in Discipline.
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