Kathmandu University News

Inauguration of Prof. Inge Johansen Engineering Block

isms | 31 October, 2010 15:08

Inauguration of Prof. Inge Johansen Engineering Block

On Saturday 30th of October 2010 (Kartik 13 2067), the Nepalese Minister of Energy Honourable Dr. Prakash Sharan Mahat and the Norwegian Minister for Trade and Industry Honourable Mr. Trond Giske jointly inaugurated the newly built Engineering Block (Prof. Inge  Johansen Engineering Block) at Kathmandu University Dhulikhel Campus. The building was constructed from KU’s own sources at a cost of about 60,000,000 NRs. The building has been named in the honour of Norwegian Professor Inge Johansen who has been instrumental to the engineering education since the inception of the School of Engineering at KU. Professor Johansen not only contributed to the establishment of Engineering Program at KU, his contribution in starting up of the Postgraduate Program in Electrical Power Engineering was equally significant. Recently he has helped in establishing KU at a prominent hub for renewable energy research by assisting in the cooperation between Kathmandu University-Norwegian University of Science and Technology-SINTEF Energy Research.

The inauguration programme was attended by the Kathmandu University family, people from hydropower sector, representatives of Norwegian Embassy and NORAD.

Prof. Jaidka delivered a lecture

isms | 28 October, 2010 15:31

Manju Jaidka, Professor of English at the Panjab University, Chandigarh, India delivered lecture on “Narratology across Culture” on October 26, 2010 in C V Raman Auditorium. Prof. Jaidka is a leading Indian academic, best known for her contribution to American Studies in India.

Speaking in the programme, Prof. Jaidka demonstrated how motifs in stories across cultures resemble. She also urged and inspired the audience; mainly first and second year media studies students, to read the classics both for finding the motifs and using them for their creative work. The lecture was followed by reading from her upcoming novel. 

Organized by the Department of Languages and Mass Communication, the lecture was also attended by the Head and the faculties in the department.

KU Joins hand with UNDP- ECHO initiates for Community Level training at Dolakha district.

isms | 24 October, 2010 22:00

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

The resource personsare from School of Engineering, School of Science, School of Management and School of Medical Sciences, Dhulikhel Hospital Kathmandu 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 for twelve consecutive days.

The relevant resource materials are being provided by Nepal Red Cross Society, Practical Action Nepal, Action aid Nepal, Mercy Corps, and other DIPECHO members. The Environment Science graduate from Kathmandu University Ms. Rinu Karmacharya is providing logistic support for the participants and being assisted by Mr.Mahesh Bashistha, the recent graduate from the same department.  The on site logistic support is being provided by ECARD, the local partner designated by UNDP/Nepal.

Kathmandu University extends great appreciation to these organizations for their support.

The training is being given to local community and district level office bearer of Nepal Police, Armed Police Force, Nepal Army, Nepal Red Cross, District development office, Soil conservations officers, local NGO federation, Water induced disaster officer,  VDC secretaries and representatives from local communities of Suri Dovan, Laduk, Bhorle, Lamidanda VDC etc.

October 23rd   2010  is the first day of the training program and inaugurated at Hotel Dobhan of Singati Bazar. In the Inauguration program, training coordinator Dr. Bim Shrestha welcomed all the participants on behalf of its organizer and shed light on mission and vision of Kathmandu University. Dr. Shrestha also thanked participants and UNDP Echo Initiatives for entrusting Kathmandu University to take such programs at door steps of local community. Project support officer of UNDP Mr. Deepak KC highlighted the importance of training program and expressed that partnership between Kathmandu University and UNDP will be further strengthened to bring such community level training program indays to come.

The first day of training was given by Dr. Rijan Bhakta Kayastha on Early warning system and facilitatedby Mr. Sagar Dhital, the recent graduate of Human Biology at Kathmandu University.

This is second time that Kathmandu University is organizing such training program at local level, the similar program was held in Bahunepati VDC of  Sindhupalchwok during the month of August-September, where certificates of participation were distributed to the participants by Prof. Dr. Bhadra ManTuladhar, Registrar at Kathmandu University and Mr. Vijaya Singh, Assistant Country Director of UNDP/Nepal.

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