Kathmandu University News

Prof. Dr. Sharma participated in the First University President's Forum

isms | 24 August, 2009 09:43

The Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma has participated in the First University Presidents’ Forum on Climate Change & Sustainable Development in Asia & Africa held on 17 August 2009 at Korea University, Seoul, South Korea. The chief guest of the forum UN General Secretary his Excellency Ban Ki-moon has delivered a special keynote speech which was very timely and remarkable on climate change issues and urges to unite for pushing up various issues from bottom-up from the University President’ side and he will try from top-bottom approach to fight with negative impacts of various climate change issues. The Presidents also signed the Seoul Declaration on Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Asia and Africa during the First University President Forum. They also agreed to form a network for education and research on climate change and sustainable development called Asia-Africa Education and Research Network (AA-ERNet). Dr. Rijan Bhakta Kayastha from the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering also participated in the forum.


Dr. Bibuti Ranjan Jha publish a book

isms | 06 August, 2009 11:47

Dr. Bibuti Ranjan Jha publish a book in title of “Fish Ecological Studies in Assessing Ecological Integrity of Rivers: Application in Rivers of Nepal (Paperback)

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Department of Mechanical Engineering is hosting Fulbright Professor

isms | 04 August, 2009 14:08

The Department meeting held on August 3rd 2009 has welcomed Prof. Yogendra Jonchhe as Fulbright scholar. The meeting was attended by Prof. Dr. Bhola Thapa, Dean at School of Engineering, Dr. Bim Prasad Shrestha, HOD, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Mr. Binod Raj Siwakoti, UG Coordinator and other faculty members. 

Prof. Jonchhe has signatory contribution in the promotion of Mechanical Engineering Technology in New York State for last 30 years of academic involvement as a faculty member in State University of New York (SUNY) Alfred State College.

Prof. Jonchhe is recipient of the Outstanding Research Activities Award from SUNY, Colleges of Technology, and Research Council. It was based on his applied research activities such as involvement in Gleasman Stepless Geared Transmission research, development & testing, Electric Car Research Project, Diesel fuel additives research, Ethanol blended fuels research, Biodiesel fuel analytical study, automotive emission research and investigation of hydraulic turbines.

Prof. Jonchhe has been very active with New York State Engineering Technology Association (NYSETA) for the last 25 years. He has hosted NYSETA meeting at Alfred State College in the year of 2007 with the key responsible of making keynote speech, technical sessions, vendors and industrial tours.

Besides his involvement in New York state, Prof. Jonchhe has landmark contribution of international educational activities, he has undertaken similar assignments in 1996-97 as  Professor/Consultant Institute of Technology Tun Hussein Onn(ITTHO) Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia through Alfred State College under contract from MUCIA (Midwestern Universities Consortium In America) led by Purdue University with World Bank funding. The assignment involved teaching, laboratory and curriculum development which also proved to be a great professional development and scholarly activity.

Currently, Prof. Jonchhe is directly involved in teaching and research work at Department of Mechanical Engineering at Kathmandu University where he is teaching Engineering Mechanics for undergraduate students and Internal Combustion Engine for graduate students. He has strong enthusiasm to develop applied research in the field of bio based energy such as Bio fuel at Kathmandu University during his stay in Nepal.

The department of Mechanical Engineering at Kathmandu University feels greatly privileged and honored to host such distinguished personalities from US academia.

Last year, Prof. Rama S. Gorla from Cleveland State University made significant contribution to this department under same program, which eventually brought fruitful collaboration between Kathmandu University and Cleveland State University through Memorandum of understanding signed by both the Universities.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering highly appreciates the support and trust extended to this department by US Government, Fulbright commission and the citizen of United States of America.

51st Senate Meeting held

isms | 03 August, 2009 15:55

"51st Senate Meeting" of Kathmandu University was held on August 2, 2009, at Office of the Prime Minister, Singh-durbar, Kathmandu, under the chairmanship of Honorable Prime Minister & Chancellor of the University, Shri Madhav Kumar Nepal. The Meeting was attended by almost all of its members. During the meeting, following proposal submitted by Prof.  Bhadra Man Tuladhar, Registrar, was discussed and approved:

1. Audit report of fiscal year 2064/2065.

Prof. Suresh Raj Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, gave a welcome speech and University's progress review.  Vote of Thanks by Prof. Janga Bahadur Chauhan, School of Arts. 

Final Year Mechanical Engineering students are back after completion of their internship in Thailand

isms | 03 August, 2009 13:52

Industrial Training introduced at Kathmandu University refers to professional experience that is relevant to professional development prior to their graduation. It has been a great opportunity for the students to learn about the industry, to establish important contacts and most importantly, to seed the beginnings for their career in chosen profession.


Department of Mechanical Engineering of Kathmandu University initiated a completely new fashion of exposing its students to an international arena through its credit-course industrial training program from this year. As per the regular course of the Undergraduate Final year, five students representing Department of Mechanical engineering were provided an opportunity to work as an internee at Asian Institute of Technology and CP Group of Companies, in Thailand.

Sushil Tandukar and Nishant Gautam of B.E. in Mechanical Engineering Final year worked as an internee Engineer at AIT from 1st July- 31st July, 2009 focusing on the topic “Performance Analysis of AIT Model Gasifier Stove-A case study in context of Nepal” under the direct supervision of Prof. Shivappan Kumar, the Dean of School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD), AIT. The students had done their final year project on the similar topic at KU.

Three of the Final Year Mechanical Engineering students (Abhinav Pradhan, Prabij Joshi and Dipen Manadhar) also completed their 1 month internship in the leading Multinational Industry of Thailand Charoen Pokphand Group of Companies. There they had an oppurtunity to work with Thai Engineers for the construction of Asias’ largest Rice Mill factory that is being erected in Industrial State of Thailand near Bangkok. The students were directly involved in the Civil, Mechanical andElectrical component of the industry.

An experience of students:

Abhinav Pradhan “We find this internship as the most important and the perfect step for our career development. We would like to thank Our Prof. Bim P. Shrestha for initiating this step and for his fabulous co-ordination; Dr. Panamas for helping us in each and every time in Thailand, all the staff of the Charoen Pokphand Engineering Co. Ltd. for the helpful and co-operative nature during our stay in Thailand and lastly Prof. Surin Phongsupramit Head of the Solid Mechanics at Mechaincal Engineering Department in Chulalongkorn University for the lecture about the life after the studies.We were given a great opportunity to work in the construction of Asia’s’ the biggest Rice Mill Factory. There we learned about their working style, Machines, Plant Layout and the life style of Thai Engineers. At last I would like to say that Kathmandu University has started the perfect direction for the student future.”


Special lecture by Prof. Surin phongsupramit, Mechanical Engineering Department at Chulalongkorn University.



Students with Prof. Shivappan Kumar, the Dean of SERD, AIT and Dr. Bim Shrestha Head Of Mechanical Engineering Department, KU.



Kathmandu University Final Year Mechanical Engineering students doing internship in AIT


Kathmandu University Student in Chaing meng Rice Polishing Factory.


Eleventh UNESCO Workshop on Active Learning in Optics and Photonics held

isms | 03 August, 2009 13:41

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Eleventh UNESCO Workshop on Active Learning in Optics and Photonics (ALOP) Nepal was conducted successfully during July 12-16 2009,  at the Kathmandu University International Centre (KUIC), Dhulikhel, Kavre, Nepal.


The workshop was inaugurated by Prof. Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma, Vice Chancellor, Kathmandu University. Prof. Dr. Panna Thapa, Dean of School of Science delivered the welcome speech and Dr. Alex Mazzolini introduced the participants about the program. The opening ceremony was conducted by Dr. Raju Khanal from the central department of Physics, TU.


In all there were 31 participants (3 from India, 3 from Pakistan, 1 from Thailand and 24 from Nepal). There was a very strong demand for places in the workshop. The participants were roughly 60% university academics and 40% high school teachers.


In all, the workshop was run very efficiently and effectively with a major grant from UNESCO, minor grants from EPS-IGPD and Essilor Paris, OSA, and some additional support (financial and in kind) from Kathmandu University and Lekali Trading Concern in Nepal.


The team of resource persons was as follows:


Alex  Mazzolini,              Faculty of Engineering & Industrial Sciences         

                                                Swinburne University of Technology         Australia


Vengu Lakshminarayanan           University  of Waterloo Canada



Souad   CHEKIR LAHMAR            Institut Préparatoire aux Etudes TUNISIE   

                                                Scientifiques et Techniques (IPEST)        


Joseph Niemela              The Abdus Salam ICTP  

                                                Strada Costiera 11, 34014 Italy                                      


Boonchoat Paosawatyanyong  Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn

 University, Bangkok Thailand

Pornrat Wattanakasiwich Chulalongkorn  University, Bangkok Thailand

In addition to this, Alex Mazzolini presented an active learning seminar on optics to high school students from a local school (Sanjiwani H.S. School). The seminar covered the topics of optics “magic tricks”, colour & colour perception, and optical communications, and again this AL seminar was well received.

In the closing ceremony, Prof. Dr. Bhadraman Tuladhar, Registrar, KU congratulated the participants for the successful completion of the training program and Dr. Deepak Subedi, convenor of the workshop, delivered the vote of thanks. Prof. Suresh Raj  Sharma, Vice Chancellor of KU distributed the certificates to all the participants and also the mementos to the resource persons. In the mean time, the Nepalese participants facilitated the resource persons with typical Nepali gifts.




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