Kathmandu University News

Mr. Pradhan Publishes in "Journal of Earthquake Engineering"

isms | 28 April, 2014 03:49

Mr. Prachand Man Pradhan, Assistant Professor and Acting Head, at the Department of Civil and Geomatics Engineering, has  his research paper  titled " Stiffness Behavior and Shear Effect in Partially Infilled Reinforced Concrete Frames" published in the "Journal of Earthquake Engineering", a Taylor and Francis Publication from UK. The co-authors of this paper are Prof.   Dr. Ramesh Kumar  Maskey and Prof. Dr. P.L.Pradhan.

The research  paper is available in the following link:

KU signs MoU with AEPC and receives a grant around NRs 9.1 million

isms | 25 April, 2014 07:14

KU signs MoU with AEPC and receives a grant around NRs 9.1 million

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Kathmandu University and Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) for Development of test rig and competence at KU Turbine Testing Lab for performance testing of micro hydro turbines manufactured in Nepal on 23 April, 2014 in AEPC office, Khumaltaar, Lalitpur. This event was attended by Prof. Bhola Thapa, as a Registrar, and Project Applicant and Project Leader, Dr. Hari Prasad Neopane, Associate Professor, HOD, and Mr. Sailesh Chitrakar, Research Fellow (TTL) and Project Co-ordinator of this project from Kathmandu University. On behalf of AEPC, Prof. Govind Raj Pokharel, Executive Director, Mr. Madhusudhan Adhikari, National Advisor, Mr. Kjartan Gullbrå, International Senior Technical Adviser, NRREP, Mr. Rana Bahadur Thapa, Program Officer, and Mr. Jagadish Kumar Khoju, Component Manager  were also present in the program.

At present Kathmandu University has been developing a Turbine Testing Lab itself as a center of excellence for Research and Development (R & D) and testing of turbines in Nepal. It has potential to perform tests on different types of turbines. Turbine Testing Laboratory (TTL) has a capacity to perform prototype test up to 300 KW turbines and perform model test for larger turbines.

With a mission to make renewable energy mainstream resource to rural areas of Nepal, AEPC with support from the Government of Nepal and Development Partners is providing the subsidy to micro and mini hydropower projects up to 1000 KW. Cross flow and Pelton turbines are widely used in micro hydropower plants in Nepal. Although standards for Micro Hydro site testing exists and is put into practice, it is rather simple and basic. Hydraulic efficiency of turbines are not measured, but are calculated from the empirical relation considering generator output. Furthermore, lack of test certification of turbines manufactured in Nepal has been facing the problems for the regional and international market for the business. Hence there is a need of standardizing micro hydro turbines by developing testing rig at the facilities already available at TTL.

The grant of around NRs 9.1 million has been granted from AEPC in order to develop test rigs at TTL and design of Francis turbine to be fabricated and installed in micro hydropower plants in Nepal together with technology transfer through training to local technicians. The grant has been provided for a total of 8 months. It is expected that from this project, the standard of micro-hydropower scenario in Nepal will be strengthened by standardizing the testing procedures and certifications of the micro-hydro turbines to be installed in a particular site.


  Some of the glimpses of MoU signing


Talk Program by Guest Speaker Prof. Rajiv K. Saxena as part of event “Celebrating World DNA Day- Unwinding Dreams, Coding Future.”

isms | 22 April, 2014 05:10

2 - Day Training on Latex

isms | 22 April, 2014 04:51

2 - Day Training on Latex

June 5 – 6, 2014

Kathmandu University, Nepal

Register as soon as possible

Find details in the following websites:




Dr. Jha in a Video Interview at Virginia Tech

isms | 17 April, 2014 09:50

Dr. Jha in a Video Interview at Virginia Tech

Dr. Bibhuti Ranjan Jha, Associate Professor at the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, features in a video interview for  "Dean's Forum on Global Engagement: Developing a Community of Excellence," prepared by Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), USA.

The Virginia Tech and the local community celebrated Global Engagement during  March 25-27, 2014, with an aim to raise the visibility of great works related to Global Engagement across the University.

Dr.  Jha, who was on a six-month study visit (August 2013- February 2014) at Virginia Tech as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar, spoke about the opportunity and values extended to him and his University by the academic institutions in the US.


The interview is available at:


DAAD( German Academic Exchange Services): An Interaction Program

isms | 15 April, 2014 12:28

An Interaction Program


Speaker: Ms. Aditi Gosavi


DAAD (German Academic Exchange Services)

Topic: Scholarships and Fellowships

For Students and Faculties


Time: 10:00-11:00A.M.


Venue: C. V. Raman Auditorium

Date: 16 April 2014


Study Opportunity for NON-TEACHING STAFF

isms | 11 April, 2014 09:33







 ·         Master of Public Policy

·         Master of Development Policy


Bachelor's Degree from an accredited College or University (Must have 16 years of education)



 Interested non-teaching staffs who meet the eligibility criteria can apply with testimonials (SLC to Last Degree), English proficiency certificate and other related documents to Human Resource and General Services Section (HRGS) by 25 April 2014. 


Persons who have already received two Masters Degrees are advised not to apply.


For details contact:

Human Resource and General Service Section (HRGS)

Kathmandu University

Symposium on Current Research in Hydraulic Turbines

isms | 11 April, 2014 08:47

Symposium on Current Research in Hydraulic Turbines

Turbine Testing Lab has been organizing International Symposium on Hydraulic Turbines every year with an effort to bring all the researchers in hydropower and hydraulic machines from Nepal and other parts of the world to a common ground and share their experiences and researches. The program has become a global meeting point for enthusiasts in the field of hydraulic turbines to interact with each other, discuss the problems in their part of the world and come up with innovative ideas to solve such problems.

This year, too, TTL successfully conducted One Day International Symposium on Current Research in Hydraulic Turbines – IV on 7 April 2014 at C.V. Raman Auditorium.

The event started with formal inauguration by Prof. Dr. Bhola Thapa, Registrar, Kathmandu University followed by the welcome speech by Dr. Hari Prasad Neopane, HOD, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kathmandu University. Dr. Neopane highlighted the significance of such program and presented the overview of the program. Mr. Sailesh Chitrakar, Research Fellow at TTL highlighted the facts and features of Turbine Testing Lab and also talked about the recent activities, achievements and future plans of the lab.

In his inaugural speech, Prof. Bhola Thapa welcomed all the participants and presenters from different universities with deep gratitude, and wished success for the event.

The presentation session involved 23 Oral Presentations and 14 Poster Presentations. The sessions were chaired by Dr. Hari Prasad Neopane, Mr. Brijesh Adhikari and Dr. Ramesh Kumar Maskey. The participants for the oral presentations were from NTNU; Norway, KU and KMU, South Korea, whereas the undergraduate students from Department of Mechanical Engineering, KU, presented their related project activities as a part of poster presentation.

The presentations were basically focused on the state of art technology of Hydraulic turbines and hydropower. The event discussed the technical challenges in hydraulic turbine design, sediment erosion problems in hydropower plants and their possible solutions, performance issues of turbines and new design philosophies and application methods of hydraulic turbines.

A short closing program was organized after the completion of the last session. Dr. Hari P. Neopane summarized the major issues discussed during the symposium on behalf of session chairs. He also thanked all the participants for delivering good presentations in limited time. Prof. Bim Prasad Shrestha, Associate Dean (Research) of School of Engineering, delivered his closing remarks in the program with token of appreciation for all the chair persons. 



Prof. Binod K. Shrestha Receives Outstanding Paper Award

isms | 11 April, 2014 08:44

Prof. Binod K. Shrestha Receives Outstanding Paper Award

Dr. Binod Krishna Shrestha, Professor at Kathmandu University School of Management (KUSOM), received an award for outstanding paper, entitled “Insights on Strategic Management Practices in Nepal.” The paper was published in South Asian Journal of Global Business Research.

The article was prepared in co-authorship with Prof. Dr. Devi Ram Gnyawali of R.B. Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Polytechnic and State University of USA.

The Journal’s Editorial Team was asked to nominate an Outstanding Paper and up to three highly commended papers. The Team selected Prof. Shrestha’s article as highly commended paper and one of the most impressive pieces of work the Team has seen throughout 2013.

The Editorial Team comprised professors of different universities such as George Washington University and University of Missouri in USA.

Emerald Group Publishing Limited, a UK-based publishing house, aims to promote Prof. Shrestha’s paper by making it freely available for one month.

The abstract of the article is available at:

Mr. Bal Publishes in International Journal

isms | 09 April, 2014 10:14

Mr. Bal Publishes in International Journal

Mr. Bal Krishna Bal, Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, got his research article published in International Journal of Advanced Computer Science and Applications (IJACSA), in its special issue on Natural Language Processing 2014.

The article, entitled "Analyzing Opinions and Argumentation in News Editorials and Op-Eds," is available in the following link:


Workshop on Open Standards

isms | 09 April, 2014 04:22

Workshop on Open Standards

On 3 April 2014 Kathmandu University Open Source Community (KUSOSC) and FOSS Nepal Community jointly organized a one-day workshop on Open Standards at IT Park, Kavre.

The program was supported by Department of Information Technology (Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment), and Kathmandu University.

Joint Proposal on Capacity Building Successful

isms | 07 April, 2014 08:53

Joint Proposal on Capacity Building Successful

A proposal titled "Capacity Building for Conservation of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services of Wetlands in Relation to Global Change" submitted to APN jointly by Centre for Inland Waters of Tropical Asia, India and Aquatic Ecology Centre, KU, has been successful.

APN’s Inter-Governmental Meeting (IGM), the decision-making body for all of APN’s activities, made the final decision on the advice of APN’s Scientific Planning Group (SPG) and Capacity Development Committee (CDC).

This year’s awards were approved on 21 March 2014 at the 19th IGM in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

NTNU Awards Honorary Doctorate to Dr. Sharma

isms | 04 April, 2014 08:59

NTNU Awards Honorary Doctorate to Dr. Sharma


28 March 2014

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) honored Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma, the founding Vice Chancellor of Kathmandu University, with the degree of 'Doctor Honoris Causa' in a special ceremony at Trondheim, Norway, on 28 March, 2014.

The Board of the NTNU had decided to award Dr. Sharma for recognition of his significant contribution to the development of higher education in Nepal. The Board stated: “Your work in many ways personifies our university's mission ‘Knowledge for a better world’”.

Dr. Sharma was the first Nepalese recipient of such a prestigious award from NTNU.

At a special ceremony Prof. Gunnar Bovim, Rector of NTNU, bestowed a certificate of Doctor of Honoris Causa' and a golden ring to Dr. Sharma.

On behalf of the Kathmandu University, Prof. Dr. Bhola Thapa, Registrar, Prof. Dr. Panna Thapa, Controller of Examinations, Prof. Dr. Sitaram Adhikari, former registrar, and Mrs. Urmila Sharma, spouse of Dr. Sharma, were present in the occasion.

In his reception lecture Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma expressed his gratitude to the NTNU family and remarked that this honour was rather conferred to the ‘academic community of Nepal’.

Prof. Gunnar Bovim congratulated Dr. Sharma. He said that Dr. Sharma was awarded for his unique effort to build a distinctive university in impoverished Nepal. He further remarked that Dr. Sharma's basic idea was that schools and universities should not be an isolated part of society where a select few would have increased access to knowledge, but rather a venue for all to increase the welfare of the entire population of the country.

We, the Kathmandu University family extend our heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma!!



World Bank Vice President at KU

isms | 03 April, 2014 08:03

World Bank Vice President at KU

26 March 2014
Dhulikhel, Kavre

Mr. Philippe H. Le Houerou, Vice President of the World Bank, interacted with KU Officials and the students in the central campus.

Mr. Houerou observed Turbine Testing Lab (TTL), which received World Bank support through University Grants Commission (UGC) under Second Higher Education Project (SHEP), matching grant scheme.

Kathmandu University School of Engineering and School of Science are also accredited through Quality Assurance Assessment (QAA) in 2013 as per SHEP. The high level visit of the World Bank was significant for reviewing the achievements made by KU through SHEP.

Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Ram Kantha Makaju Shrestha welcomed Mr. Houerou, Vice President, and Mr. Johannes Zutt, the Country Director of World Bank to Nepal and highlighted the mission, vision and approaches of Kathmandu University. Dr. Shrestha also appreciated the contribution made by the World Bank for quality education particularly in developing countries like Nepal. Furthermore, he assured that the University is committed to implement the program for serving quality education to the needy people of the community.

Mr. Houerou expressed satisfactory remarks on the achievements made by Kathmandu University.

Prof. Dr. Mahesh Banskota, Dean of School of Arts, and Prof. Subash KC, Dean of School of Management, shared their experience and views regarding the program supported by the World Bank. Three students also shared their experiences at KU.

Prof. Dr. Hridayaratna Bajracharya, Technical Advisor of the SHEP Program, UGC, highlighted the success of the implemented programs in different institutions in the country. Prof. Dr. Mahendra Singh, Member of UGC Board, expressed gratitude to the World Bank and also stressed the need of third project for overall quality assurance of the higher education institutions of Nepal.

Prof. Dr. Jyoti Upadhyay presented an assessment report of the completed programs supported by SHEP Program at Kathmandu University.

Prof. Dr. Sanjay Nath Khanal, Director of Affiliation Affairs, coordinated the interaction program.



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