Kathmandu University News

Recent news of Geomatics Engineering Program

isms | 27 July, 2009 14:35

Geomatics Engineering Program News
(28/06/2009)

  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

 
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