Kathmandu University News

Video-Conferencing System Started at KU

isms | 29 September, 2010 13:40


School of Engineering, Kathmandu University has established and started the operation of Video-Conferencing System from August 2010. The conference room is located in the first floor of Library Block (Block 03). The system currently features Video-Conferencing, Content Sharing which facilitates conduction of lectures and presentations from geographically separated places. The system is associated with NREN (Nepal Research and Education Network - http://www.nren.net.np/) due to which large volume of data can now be downloaded at a higher speed. This system can be very helpful to the students, researchers, faculty members and others for conducting online meetings or attending online lectures of professors or instructors from universities or institutions from around the world. The specification of the system is:

- Polycom System (VSX7000) which includesPolycom Camera (180 Degree Head Rotation), Polycom Sound System, Polycom Microphone

- Polycom Content Sharing

- Sony Bravia 52” LCD TV (EX700)

The conference room has a total seating capacity for 24 persons which can be expanded to 35 on need. For details and reservation, please contact

Prof. Dr.Bhola Thapa, Dean
School of Engineering
Kathmandu University
Phone: 011 661399 ext.: 224
Email: bhola@ku.edu.np

Mr. Shekhar Pd. Dhungana, In-Charge
Information System Mangement Section (ISMS)
Kathmandu University
Phone:011 661399 ext.: 161
Email: shekhar@ku.edu.np 

Mr. Vijit Atreya, Teaching Assistant
Department of CSE
Kathmandu University
Phone:011 661399 ext.: 227
Email: vatreya@ku.edu.np 

Dr. Luitel visited various universities in US

isms | 28 September, 2010 17:31

Dr . Bal Chandra Luitelvisited the University of Wyoming (UW) from September 3 to 13 to participate inthe planning conference of WISDOMe (Wyoming Institute for the Study and Development of MathematicalEducation). At the conference, he presented a commentary on the plenary onlived mathematical experiences by Wolff Michael Roth. Besides, Dr. Luitelpresented a public lecture on transformative mathematics education in Nepal,met with officials of the university with a view to develop collaborationbetween KU and UW, and engaged in a series of discussion with Prof. LarryHatfield and other members of the DIME (Developing Investigations ofMathematical Experience) research team to (re) conceptualise research intolived mathematical experiences.

 Next,Dr. Luitel visited California State University @ Fresno (Fresno State) fromSeptember 14 to 19. He met professors of the Kremen College of Education so asto explore possibilities for future collaborations between KUSOED and theCollege of Education. Next, Dr. Luitel gave a public lecture entitled LookingBack, Looking Ahead:  A Journeyfrom a Transmissionist Teacher to a Transformative Researcher, and a seminar onNew Science and New Mathematics to a group of graduate students and professors.He discussed with professors from the Department of Geography and School ofAgriculture regarding joint research activities between the two universities. AFresno State Professor is visiting KU in November so as to materialise thepossibility of joint research collaboration.

 Inthe final week (i.e., September 20 to 24) of the three-week tour, Dr. Luitelvisited California State University @ Sacramento (CSU Sacramento State) wherehe presented on some aspects of the ethnomathematics project supported by theUNESCO office in Kathmandu(http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0016/001614/161421m.pdf). The next talkcomprised Dr. Luitel’s ongoing research on socially responsible science andmathematics education. Toward the final day of the visit, he met professors andsome key administrators so as to identify some priority areas for futurecollaboration.

Available online - Publication in the International Journal of Aquatic Sciences (Hydrobiologia)

isms | 28 September, 2010 14:13

Three research articles published and others edited by Dr. Subodh Sharma as Guest Editor with the theme Rivers in the Hindu Kush Himalaya – Ecology and Environmental Assessment are available online at www.springerlink.com in Hydrobiologia Volume 651.

President Yadav Inaugurates Youth Solidarity Festival

isms | 26 September, 2010 09:59


The Made in Nepal Youth SolidarityFestival was formally inaugurated on 24 September 2010, by Rt. Hon’ble Dr. Ram BaranYadav, the President of Republic of Nepal. On the same occasion,President Yadav also inaugurated the new Girls' Hostel and Staff Quarters inKathmandu University. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, the President expressedhis concern that the education sector has been affected by the country’s politicalinstability. Stating that monopoly is not acceptable in democracy, he urged allpolitical parties to stay away from the politics of weapons for a peacefulfuture. He also advised the students to remain untouched by the stench ofpolitics. He praised Kathmandu University for its contribution towards highereducation in Nepal, congratulated for its international reputation, andexpressed the hope that this would continue for a long time ahead.

Prof. Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma, theVice Chancellor of Kathmandu University, spoke about the achievements, setbacksand the satisfaction he felt during the twenty years of the university'sestablishment. Prof. Dr. Bhadraman Tuladhar, Registrar, Prof. Dr. Janga BahadurChauhan, Director of Student Welfare, Mr. Rajendra Khetan, Senate Member,industrialist Mr. Sanjeev Raj Rajbhandari, Constituent Assembly member Mr. KrishnaPrashad Sapkota were among the other dignitaries to formally attend the ceremony.Besides, Deans of different schools, faculties, staffs, and families living inthe staff quarters were also present in the programme.

The ceremony was chaired byMr. Sharad Chandra Mainali, President, Student Welfare Council president.

The festival which runs forthree days will have activities like youth conference, cycle race, photo exhibitionand competition, art exhibition and science project exhibition. There are alsofood and game stalls at the fair.

[Media Studies Group]

16th Asia Pacific Quality Organization International Conference onQuality

isms | 16 September, 2010 14:03

Please download the [pdf] file. 

Please download the [doc] file to view conference schedule with session allocations. 

Uttam Budhathoki, Dr. Rajendra Gyawali, Bibek Singh Mahat and Prawan Dahal from Department of Pharmacy in NPA Executive Council (2010-2013)

isms | 05 September, 2010 15:03

Uttam Budhathoki, Assistant Professor and Dr.Rajendra Gyawali, Lecturer, Department of Pharmacy, have been elected as aPresident and Member respectively in 36th Annual General Meeting of NepalPharmaceutical Association (NPA) on Saturday, 28 August 2010 for next threeyears tenure. Mr. Bibek Singh Mahat and Mr. Prawan Dahal, both MPharm Students,have been elected as General Secretary and Member respectively in the AGM.

Kathmandu University goes Community Level training at Sindhupalanchowk and Dolakha district on Disaster Management

isms | 02 September, 2010 15:23

Kathmandu University is organizing Community Based Disaster Risk Management Training for Capacity Building in selected communities and Local administration level in Sindhupalchowk and Dolakha District of Nepal, RCRRP in the Himalayas, UNDP – ECHO initiative.

The resource persons are from School of Science, School of Management and School of Medical Sciences, Dhulikhel Hospital Kathmandu University and Nepal Engineering College affiliated to Pokhara University.

The program is being coordinated by Dr. Bim Prasad Shrestha, Associate Professor and Head of Department at Department of Mechanical Engineering of Kathmandu University and  being provided in four thematic areas of Early warning system, Contingency planning , Search and Rescue and First aid in both the districts.

The relevant resource materials are being provided by Nepal Red Cross Society, Practical Action Nepal, Action aid Nepal, Mercy Corps, DIPECHO etc. The logistic support is being provided by TRUST Nepal Pvt. Ltd and on site support is being provided by CDECF, the local partner designated by UNDP/Nepal

Kathmandu University extends great appreciation to these organization for their support.
The training will be given to local community and district level of office bearer of Nepal Police, Nepal Armed Police, Nepal Army, Nepal Red Cross, District development office etc.

This is first of its kind that Kathmandu University is organizing the training at local level and contract has been awarded to Kathmandu University on competitive basis.

August. 31st  2010  is the first day of the training program and inaugurated at Melamachi Diamond Resort of Bahunepati. In the Inauguration program, training coordinator Dr. Bim Shrestha welcomed all the participants on behalf of its organizer Kathmandu University. Project support officer of UNDP Mr. Deepak KC highlighted the importance of training program and also shed light on UNDP ECHO initiative activities for hydro metrological disaster management  being carried out in Nepal.
The first day training was given by Dr. Rijan Bhakta Kayastha on Early warning system and his training is being facilitated by Ms. Rinu Karmacharya at Bahunepati VDC of Sidhupalnchok district. 
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