Kathmandu University News

KU participation in "Red List Training Workshop"

isms | 29 July, 2009 09:31

Four participants (Prof. Dr. Subodh Sharma, Dr. Bibhuti Ranjan Jha, Dr.Chhatra Mani Sharma, and Hasko Nesseman) participated in “Eastern Himalayas Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment Red List Training Workshop” organized by IUCN in Kathmandu, Nepal from 22-26 July 2009. The workshop was attended by professionals from different parts of the world. The main objective of the workshop was to assess the status of different species from fish, odonata and mollusca from eastern Himalayas and assign them a category in Red Data List. Different working groups were formed for fish, odonata and mollusca assessment and put the data on the IUCN Species Information Service (SIS).

Mr. Sanat Kumar Bista received best research paper award

isms | 28 July, 2009 13:49

Sanat Kumar Bista, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, KU has been awarded the BEST RESEARCH PAPER AWARD for his contribution entitled “Evolution of Cooperativeness in a Business Game Relying on Acquaintance Based Trustworthiness Assessment” in the 11th IEEE Conference on Commerce and Enterprise Computing (CEC09) held during July 20 – 23 in Vienna, Austria. The research Paper was co-authored by Dr. K.P Dahal, Professor Peter Cowling and Professor Bhadra Man Tuladhar.  

Some of his other publications of Interest are:

S.K.Bista, K.P.Dahal, P.I.Cowling, B.M. Tuladhar (2008), Evolution of Cooperation in an Incentive Based Business Game Environment, In the proceedings of ICADAM 2008- Sanya, China, Published by Springer London

S.K.Bista, K.P.Dahal, P.I.Cowling, B.M. Tuladhar (2008) Unraveling the Evolution of Defectors in Online Business Games, In the proceedings of SKIMA 2008, Kathmandu, Nepal

S.K. Bista, K.P. Dahal, P.I Cowling, B.M. Tuladhar. Metrics for computing trust in multi-agent environment, 8th Informatics Workshop, Bradford, UK, 2007.

S.K.Bista, K.P. Dahal, P.I.Cowling, B.M. Tuladhar. TruMet: An approach towards Computing Trust in Multi-Agent Environment, Proceedings of International conference on Software Knowledge Information Management and Applications, Chiangmai, Thailand 2006

S.K. Bista, K.P. Dahal, B.M. Tuladhar. Agent Oriented Peer-Peer Supply Chain for Collaborative Planning Forecasting and Replenishment, 7th Informatics Workshop, Bradford, UK, 2006.

Shrestha N., Hall Patrick A.V., Bista S. K. “Resources for Nepali Word Sense Disambiguation”, IEEE International conference on Natural Language Processing and Knowledge Engineering (IEEE NLP-KE’08), Beijing, China, 2008

Shrestha N., Hall Patrick A.V., Bista S. K. “Dictionary containing Example based Nepali WSD”, ICON 2008, Pune, India, 2008.

Shrestha N., Hall Patrick A.V., Bista S. K. “Word Sense Disambiguation; a Brief Survey with Application to Nepali”, 29th Annual Conference of Linguistic Society of Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2008.

Y.P. Yadava, G R Bhattarai, S. K. Bista,  B. Keshari and  J. Bhatta, Envisioning Machine Translation for the New Millennium: Outlines of Preliminary Steps in Nepal. Contemporary Issues in Nepalese Linguistics, ed. by Yogendra P. Yadava et al., pages 429-439, Kathmandu: Linguistics Society of Nepal, 2005. 

B. Keshari, J. Bhatta and S.K. Bista. Nepali Part-of-Speech Guesser and Its Application in Lexicon Building. Proceedings of International Conference On Natural Language Processing, ICON-2005, IIT Kanpur, India, 2005.

B. Keshari, J. Bhatta and S.K. Bista. Handling Honorification in Dobahse: Online English-to-Nepali Machine Translation System. Proceedings of Third Asian Applied Computing Conference (AACC - 2005), Kathmandu, Nepal, 2005.

B. Keshari and S.K. Bista, UNL Nepali Deconverter. International-CALIBER 2005, Kochi, India, 2005.

Recent news of Geomatics Engineering Program

isms | 27 July, 2009 14:35

Geomatics Engineering Program News

  1. Kathmandu University(KU), School of Engineering in collaboration with Land Management Training Center(LMTC) and International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of The Netherlands had organized a program for short course on “ADOPTING GEO-ICT FOR LAND ADMINISTRATION” in Kathmandu University, Nepal from 15th – 19th June 2009. The course was attended by participants from Nepal (16), Bhutan (1), India (2), Sri Lanka (1) and Iran (1).

Apart from the Country Presentations by the respective participants the Dr. Arbind Tuladhar (ITC), Mr. Narayan Bhattarai (KU), Mr. Nab Raj Subedi (Survey Department), Anish Joshi (Genesis) and Reshma Shrestha (Genesis) gave lectures in the following
• Latest Geo-Information Technologies (Geo-ICT)
• Land administration: policy targets and Geo-ICT
• Sensors and applications to Land administration
• Land Information Systems: Adopting Geo-ICT
• Transparency in Land Administration
• Research on transparency in Land Acquisition
• Strategic planning for adopting Geo-ICT for Land administration

A practical application of Ilwis Software in the field of Geo-ICT was also demonstrated in the Nepalese context by Mr. Nab Raj Subedi.

  1. Immediately after the short course a team of experts from ITC, Mr. Chris Paresi and Dr. Arbind Tuladhar met Kathmandu University Vice Chancellor, Registrar, Deans of School of Engineering, School of Natural Science, School of Art and School of Management for promoting Academic Partnership in Land Administration between UNU-ITC School of Land Administration Studies and Kathmandu University in the near future.
    The team of experts also had meetings/ discussions with the government stakeholders such as Minister, Secretary, and Joint Secretary of Ministry of Land Reform and Management and Secretary of the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers about the support and possible help for the partnership.

    Director Generals of Department of Surveys, Department of Land Reform and Management and Department of Land Information and Archive were also consulted for the partnership out come.

    Non-governmental organizations such as International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and Lumanti were also visited and discussed about the possible support and cooperation required for the partnership.


  1. Mr. Chris Paresi and Dr. Arbind Tuladhar also gave lectures on the aspects Land Governance to the combined class of 1st and 2nd year students of Geomatics Engineering.

Vice-chancellor Prof. Sharma's book launched

isms | 27 July, 2009 13:41

Senior cultural specialist Satya Mohan Joshi launched the book Kathmandu bishwabidhyalaya: Kathin Yatra Ka Pailaharu (Kathmandu University: Strides of Difficult Journey) written by Prof. Suresh Raj Sharma, vice-chancellor of Kathmandu University, on 25 July in Russian Center for Science and Culture. Speaking at the program, Mr. Joshi called the book an autobiography of the University and added that it depicts Prof. Sharma and his team’s endeavor to materialize their mission and vision. Dr. Kamal Krishna Joshi, Chairperson of University Grants Commission (UGC), also praised the book for its depiction of reality but wished that the book, in another edition, would mention the contribution of UGC also. Another speaker Kamal Mani Dixit described the book as a true representation of Prof. Sharma’s venture into almost impossible task. Prof. Sharma, he added, is a swallow that makes a very beautiful nest with its mere beak. Neils, the chief architect of the University, explained the philosophy behind every design. Number 3, he added, is a guiding principle in the entire design.  The book, senior litterateur Jagadish Ghimire stated, is a fascinating account of hardship and success of a man who has vision. Recalling his first encounter with the book, he said, it drew his attention until the end. He hoped the book would spread the message of optimism when the whole nation is sick with skeptics and pessimists.  Prof. Sharma concluded the program recalling the history of the University since its inception. At a time there was no trust among the possible stakeholders, he recalled, the task to initiate a university seemed almost impossible. But, it is due to the faith that the University could generate, the task has reached this stage, he said. 

Overview of the book:

Title: Kathmandu bishwabidhyalaya: Kathin Yatra Ka Pailaharu

Author: Prof. Suresh Raj Sharma

Publisher: Urmila Sharma Dhungel

Number of pages: 18+150

Price: Rs. 200

NORAD support to establish Turbine Lab at Kathmandu University

isms | 21 July, 2009 14:40

There is a great need and scope of hydropower development in Nepal. Government of Nepal has announced ambitious plan to exploit hydropower. The rate of development of micro and small hydropower projects are also increasing in the recent years. Micro and mini hydro projects are equally important for rural electrification. Energy Sector Assistance Program (ESAP) is concerned about performance and efficiency of locally manufactured turbines. Alternative Energy Promotion Center (AEPC) has now subsidy policy up to 1 MW under the Mini-Grid program and for this there is a need of improvement in competence of local turbine manufacturer up to that capacity.

Nepalese companies are capable of design, manufacture, install and operate such micro hydro systems. With the increase in project developers, manufacturers and independent power producers, there is increasing demand for the quality, performance and reliability. The competence to exploit water resource for hydropower not only depends on financing, design and management of the project, but also depends on knowledge generation and local adaptability of technology. There is a lack of institution to carryout research and development of hydro-mechanical components in Nepal. Kathmandu University is establishing the Turbine Lab for academic and development activities.

The Turbine Lab will be used for:

          Test laboratory for

         Certification of mini- and micro-turbines sold on the Nepali market

         Supporting Nepali industry for product development

         Private testing from local manufacturer

         Independent lab for performance testing of turbine model on behalf of owners

          Build competence and knowledge within the hydropower sector in Nepal in developing professional on highest level (PhD, Master in Engineering etc.)

         Teaching/learning facility

         Industrial courses

         Staff training for the industry

          Motivation for research

    The laboratory can be used for development of turbine that can be most efficient and can withstand the most severe operating conditions. One of such problem is sand erosion, which is a major problem in Himalayan regions. Nepal can be centre of excellence in this field of research in such area.

         Development of turbine and pump technology

         Maintenance of turbines

          Meeting place for the industry and university

         Research and student projects for the industry

         This will open the door for collaborative research with national and international universities and research institutions

Until now, model testing of turbines purchased by Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) are carried out by foreign laboratories. Nepal Hydro Electric Pvt. Ltd. (NHE) used Indian lab for testing their turbine for certification of their product for Indian market.

Norway has long history of Turbine Lab. Water Power laboratory at Norwegian University of Science and Technology was established in 1917. This lab was instrumental in development of hydropower in Norway. This laboratory is refurbished and modernized in 2001. The facility at this laboratory is often rented by turbine companies like GE and Rainpower for testing their turbine. The concepts developed in this laboratory have already created 2 successful spin-off turbine companies. KU has close collaboration with this laboratory for lab development, human resource training and utilization of laboratory for contract research.

The Turbine Lab consists of upper and lower water storages with capacity to collect 400 cubic meter rainwater, piping system, instrumentation and control units, pumps and measurement system. The topography of lab location facilitates to re-circulated water up to 30 m natural head. With the maximum flow of 0.5 cum/sec, this lab can test the turbines up to 300 kW in full size and can also test turbines of larger size in scaled models.

The estimated cost for development of the laboratory is about 85 million Nepalese rupees. NORAD is providing 60% of the project cost Norwegian Kroner 4.4 million as grant. KU is putting 20% and remaining 20% is expected from Nepalese industries to contribute for the development of the laboratory. KU has already requested major hydropower companies, developers, turbine manufacturers and related stake holders to contribute for this lab. The lab will be operated on business model under the direction of board representing KU and other stakeholders. This lab will be the asset for the nation for sustainable development of hydropower and to become centre of excellence for the problems like Sand Erosion of Turbines.

H.E. Mr Thor Gislesen, Ambassador, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Kathmandu and Prof Suresh Raj Sharma, Vice Chancellor, Kathmandu University signed the agreement on 21st July 17, 2009, for NORAD support to establish Turbine Lab at Kathmandu University. The project will be completed in two years time.

21st July 17, 2009


KUSOE and IT@Himalaya Signed MOU for the Scholarship Program

isms | 19 July, 2009 12:10

Prof. Dr. Bhola Thapa, Dean School of Engineering, KU and Navin Siddhi, Regional Manager, Dipak Gurung, Country Director of IT @ Himalya Private Limited signed Memorandum of Understanding for a Scholarship Program on the date 17th July 2009. The Scholarship will awarded for a student of Computer Engineering each year.

KUSOE, Department of Computer Science and Engineering would like to thank corporation for awarding the scholarship and believed that both of the parties will hold the strong relationship in future as well.

During the occasion Asst. Prof. Purusottam Kharel, Undergraduate Coordinator of Department of Computer Science and Engineering was also present.  

6th Jun 2009, Celebration of 210th Birth Anniversary of Puskin in Kathmandu

isms | 06 July, 2009 21:43

Russian Center of Science and Culture Kathmandu organized a commemoration programme to mark the 210th birth anniversary of the Great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin on 6th June.
The chief guests of the programme were Ambassador of Russia to Nepal A.L. Trofimov, Vice-Chancelor of Kathmandu University and Tribhuvan University Prof. Suresh Raj Sharma and Prof. Madhav Sharma and President of the Nepal-Russia Literary Association Tejeshwor B. Gongah. Other attendees were Nepalese famous poets, writers, literary critics, representatives from different NGOs, Russian compatriots in Nepal and the public.

At the beginning of the programme a 30 minutes long documentary about the life and works of Pushkin was screened. Writer and Critic Abhi Subedi presented a detailed report on the works of the Great Russian poet Pushkin. 

Vice-Chancellor of KU and TU Prof. Suresh Raj Sharma and Prof. Madhav Sharma joingly released a book of poetry collection entitled “The poems of Pushkin and Tutchev” translated by professor of Kathmandu University and expert in Russian literature Dr. Jangab Chauhan on this great occasion. This book provides the opportunity for Nepalese readers to know about the works of two Russian poets Pushkin and Tutchev in their native language. RCSC Kathmandu provided some supports in publishing the book. 

Speaking at the programme Russian Ambassador to Nepal Andrey L. Trofimov opined that the translation of the book helps a lot in strengthening the cultural ties between the countries but the translation of poetry of the poets in another language is very difficult job. He congratulated Prof. Dr. Chauhan for his significant job and also appreciated him for choosing this great day to release the book. He also added that such translations help to learn about the foreign culture, literature, language and country. Addressing the programme, he shed light on the works and life of Pushkin.

Amidst the programme, Tatyana Novikova and Arseny Starkov recited the poems of Pushkin & Tutchev and Dr. Chauhan translated them into Nepali. There was also a photo and book exhibitions on this occasion.

The event was attended by more than 200 invitees and covered in some national newspapers.
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