Kathmandu University News

DESE Curriculum Review Workshop

isms | 09 March, 2014 11:42

DESE Curriculum Review Workshop

Department of Environmental Science & Engineering is organizing a two-day "Curricula Review Workshop" during 9-10 March 2014 in Mini Auditorium of CV Raman Auditorium. This workshop is to be attended by some forty participants.

During the workshop, undergraduate level curricula of B.Sc. (Hons.) Environmental Science, B.Tech. Environmental Engineering, and specifically the lab-based and field-based courses shall be reviewed in sub group discussions and recommendation will be put forward to the Department for further improvements. Similarly, M.Sc. Environment and Natural Resources curriculum will also be revisited on the second day of the workshop, which has already been reviewed by two independent external reviewers.

Participants shall review and analyse the existing course structure and recommend a suitable course for Master in Environment and Climate Studies.

It is hoped that this workshop will lead to find a way towards meaningful interconnections among the theoretical, practical and field-based activities in our effort to make field-based activities more institutional.

The Workshop is partly supported by NORAD under the project acronym SUNREM-Himalaya.

H.E. Ranjit Rae, Ambassador of India to Nepal visits KU

isms | 05 March, 2014 07:48

H.E. Ranjit Rae, Ambassador of India to Nepal visits KU

Dhulikhel, Kavre

4 March 2014


His Excellency Ranjit Rae, Ambassador of India to Nepal paid a visit to Kathmandu University and Dhulikhel Hospital on 3 March 2014.

Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Ram Kantha Makaju Shrestha welcomed H. E. Ambassador and briefed about the university, its programs and various activities. H. E. Ambassador asked several questions and expressed willingness to collaborate with higher academic institutions of Nepal like Kathmandu University.

In the meeting, KU officials highlighted some areas of mutual interest that KU would like to enhance its activities with Indian Institutions particularly with the government of India.

H. E. Ambassador Ranjit Rae made a short tour of the campus and visited CV Raman Auditorium, Library and Pharmacy Block at Central Premises. He also observed departments and the centers of Dhulikhel Hospital.

Dr. Ken Ohashi delivers a special talk at KU

isms | 05 March, 2014 07:46

Dr. Ken Ohashi delivers a special talk at KU

Dhulikhel, Kavre

4 March 2014


Dr. Ken Ohashi, former Country Representative of World Bank to Nepal delivered a special talk on 'Why has Nepal fallen behind in development so far, and how can Nepal change it?' in a program organized by Kathmandu University on 26 February 2014.

Dr. Ohashi outlined the global developmental scenario and highlighted the features of East Asian development models along with pros and cons of each models. He pointed that innovativeness and inclusiveness are the key aspects of development for any country. Democratic stable government is a prerequisite for achieving sustainable development of the nation, he stressed.

Dr. Ohashi shared his views regarding the causes of underdevelopment of Nepal that he recollected during his stay in Nepal from 2000 to 2007 AD. He suggested that society has to change its conventional thoughts of working style, existing culture bounded norms and values for gearing up the development process.

Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Ram Kantha Makaju Shrestha welcomed Dr. Ohashi and his octogenarian mother at the University. Prof. Dr. Mahesh Banskota, Dean, School of Arts has moderated and briefed Dr. Ohashi's contribution to the development sector, particularly for developing countries. On behalf of the University, Prof. Bim Shrestha expressed vote of thanks to him.

Prof. Dr. Bhola Thapa, Registrar, students and teaching and non-teaching staffs of Kathmandu University and invitees from World Bank, Japanese Embassy, JICA and KOICA were present in the talk program.


Admission Notice for Ph.D - DESE, School of Science, Kathmandu University

isms | 04 March, 2014 08:32

Kathmandu University Ph.D. Admission

The Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, School of Science, Kathmandu University announces the availability of fellowships for conducting Ph.D. research in the field of “Sustainable Natural Resources Management and Climate Change” and specific topics dealing with:

  • Enhancing soil quality through adoption of agroforestry practices incorporating cultivation of non-timber forest products and medicinal/aromatic plants.
  • Water harvesting and management for sustainable/enhanced production and domestic use.
  • Prospects of enhancing soil and water conservation and land productivity through vegetative and low-cost bioengineering techniques.
  • River water quality as influenced by agricultural/urban runoff and measures for sustainable management.
  • Options for sustainable agricultural intensification to ensure food and livelihood security in mountain farming.

Eligibility for admission into the Ph.D. program at the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, School of Science, Kathmandu University are as follows:

  • A minimum of 17 years of prior education with a Masters (or M.Phil.) degree in Ecology, Environment, Natural Resources, Agriculture, Forestry or allied fields of study.
  • A minimum of 50% marks or 3.0 GPA (‘B’ average) in prior degree work.
  • Age limit for research fellowship is 40 years (candidates should not be over 40 at the time of registration).
  • Proven research capacity through scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Prior research and or work experience in related fields.

Interested and eligible applicants are encouraged to apply at the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering (contact information below) by submitting a completed application form (available at the DESE webpage http://www.ku.edu.np/env/, downloads) along with the following documents:

  1. Cover letter indicating the reason and motivation for pursuing a Ph.D. in the above topic areas
  2. Attested copies of past academic records (high school, B.Sc., M.Sc./M.Phil.)
  3. Copy of citizenship certificate for Nepali applicants; copy of passport for foreign applicants
  4. Concept proposal (2-3) pages on one of the above or related topics

Applications are to be submitted to the Head, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, by 31st May 2014.  Short-listed candidates will be called for interview and asked to present their proposals for Ph.D. research.  Selected candidate(s) will be registered and enroll in the Ph.D. program by August 2014.  Priority will be given to female and/or applicants from disadvantaged/marginalized groups.  Fellowships will cover all tuition fees, field and laboratory research expenses and will include a nominal monthly stipend.

For further information or to submit an application contact:

The Head, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering

School of Science, Kathmandu University
Dhulikhel-7, Kavre, Nepal [G.P.O. Box 6250, Kathmandu, Nepal]
Tel.: +977-11-661399/661511; Fax.: +977-11-661443; E-mail: desehod@ku.edu.np

DONS organizes Six Day Mathematics Workshop IWAM 2014

isms | 04 March, 2014 04:11

DoNS Organizes Six-Day IWAM

The Department of Natural Sciences (DoNS) (Mathematics Group), KU, organized a six-day Instructional Workshop on Applied Mathematics (IWAM 2014) from 21 to 26 February 2014, in collaboration with  Tribhuvan University (TU), Nepal Sanskrit University (NSU) and Nepal Mathematical Society (NMS). A broader goal of the Workshop was to contribute to the enhancement of Applied Mathematics in the Nepalese context.

Twenty five persons including faculties, research scholars, M. Phil. and Master level students from KU, TU and NSU actively participated in this Workshop.

Three Nepalese professors, Prof. Dr. Santosh Man Maskey (TU), Prof. Chet Raj Bhatta (TU) and Prof. Kanhaiya  Jha (KU), and two renowned Indian professors Prof. Rajendra Prasad Pant from Kumaon University, Nainital, and Prof. Pankaj Jain from South Asian University (a university established by SAARC), New Delhi, were involved in this workshop as principal resource persons.

A brief report of the Workshop is downloadable here.

Notice for Korean Language Class

isms | 03 March, 2014 07:07

Call for Papers - First Annual Conference on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene 2014

isms | 01 March, 2014 02:44

Call for Papers

First Annual Conference on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene 2014

Kathmandu University is organizing the First Annual Conference on 21 March 2014 with the aim of bringing together the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) issues within the nation. Through this conference the organizers hope to augment critical and interdisciplinary discussions on various aspects of the WASH sector. We welcome presentations of papers based on recent researches.


  • Abstract, research paper and presentation can be either in Nepali or English.
  • Research abstracts (of 500 words) to submit within the deadline, 3 March 2014. The abstract can be directly sent by email to bstl.ku.wash@gmail.com
  • Decision on submitted abstracts will be conveyed by email by 5 March 2014
  • Final paper should be submitted by 10 March 2014.
  • Outstanding papers will be awarded with some incentives

Registration Charge: Rs. 1000/- (for a student project, Rs. 500/-)
Date of the Conference:    Friday, 21 March 2014.
Venue of the Conference:   Kathmandu Univesity, Dhulikhel, Kavre.

Detail of the conference can be obtained from:

1.      Prof. Dr. Bim Prasad Shrestha (9801210040)
Prof. Dr. Sanjay Nath Khanal (9801210010)



CALL FOR PARTICIPATION National Level training on Water Sanitation and Hygiene

isms | 01 March, 2014 02:28



17 – 20 March 2014

After the completion of the two National level trainings on water sanitation and hygiene; Kathmandu University, Department of Environment Science & Engineering and Department of Mechanical Engineering invite application for a four-day “National Training on Water Sanitation and Hygiene WASH)” from 17 to 20 March at the University premises in Dhulikhel. The training is being organized in collaboration with Water Aid in Nepal and will be facilitated by both in-house University experts and external experts from several WASH-related organizations

The main objectives of this training are:

         i.           Focus on technical aspects and practical approaches on WASH with appropriate case studies and field visits

       ii.            Capacity building of participants in WASH delivery programs

 iii.         Further development of networking in WASH

Registration Fee              : Rs. 4,000/- per participant (Accommodation, field visit and closing social event)

Target Participants           WASH practitioners: Sanitation workers and Public Health             professionals

Deadline for application     : March 9th 2014

Application should be submitted by email at:   bstl.ku.wash@gmail.com

For further enquiry contact:

Ritavrat Joshi                             : 9841490756
Suman Dhun Shrestha                  : 9841342001
Matina Shakya                            : 9841665561
Biomass Stove Testing Lab        : (011)-661399 Ext. 0305 (9 A.M – 4 P.M)

Stay updated through http://washtrainingatku.blogspot.com and


 Note: The registration fee is to be paid out only after the selection of candidates is carried out by the university.


Mr. Kharel Presents in IEEE Conference

isms | 01 March, 2014 02:16

Mr. Kharel Presents in IEEE Conference

Mr. Purusottam Kharel, Assistant Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, presented a paper in the 4th IEEE International Conference held in Gurgaon, India, during 21-22 February 2014.

His paper was entitled “E-Government Implementing Challenges Verification Using Fuzzy Logic.

The detail of the presentation is available at http://www.ku.edu.np/cse/?p=824 .



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