Kathmandu University News

Nomination of Professor Panna Thapa, Dean, KUSOS as Chairperson of Pharmacy Subject Committee by Pokhara University

isms | 25 February, 2010 10:21

"Professor Dr. Panna Thapa, Dean, KU School of Science has been nominated  as Chairperson of Pharmacy Subject committee of Pokhara University for 2 years starting from February 2010".

16th Asia Pacific Quality Organization (APQO) International Conference on Quality

isms | 22 January, 2010 13:49

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between  Kathmandu University School of Engineering (KUSOE) and Network for Quality , Productivity and Competitiveness –Nepal (NQPCN) to work in cooperation in the hosting of the 16th Asia Pacific Quality Organization (APQO) International Conference on  Quality to be held in Kathmandu, Nepal from 18-20 September 2010  in Kathmandu University. The MOU was signed by Prof.Dr. Bhola Thapa Dean of School of Engineering at Kathmandu University,  and Mr. Bishnu Dass Dangol, President of Network for Quality, Productivity and Competitiveness-Nepal on 17 January 2010. The theme of the Conference will be “Creating Value through Quality”. About 200 foreign delegates and 300 Nepali participants are expected to participate in the conference. Renowned International and National Experts on Quality will be presenting theme paper and best practices during the three days of Conference on Quality.

Recent symposium and workshop attended by Dr. Kayastha

isms | 12 January, 2010 13:50

The Coordinator of the HiCCDRC Dr. Rijan Bhakta Kayastha participated in the First International Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for Asia and the Pacific which was held on 23 and 24 November 2009 in Seoul, Korea. The symposium was organized by the Korea Adaptation Center for Climate Change (KACCC), Korea Environment Institute. He gave a talk on the “Climate change impacts, adaptation and future needs in Nepal” in the symposium.

Dr. Kayastha also invited to the Expert Meeting on “State of Tropospheric Temperature, Pollution, Snow, Melting Glaciers and Potential Impact on Monsoon and High Altitude Vegetation in the Himalayas-Tibetan Plateau” 28-29 December 2009, Teri University, New Delhi, India. The workshop was sponsored by the UNEP and conducted by the Institute of Green Economy in collaboration with Teri University and Sharada University, India. Dr. Kayastha gave a talk on the “Changing Climate over Nepalese Himalayas and Impact on Glaciers.”

The workshop participants are of the opinion that the IPCC conclusion that the Himalayan glaciers could melt by 2035 is not based on scientific studies. The participants, however, wanted to emphasize that this does not, in any way, reduce the need for mitigation of, and adaptation to, climate change that has been initiated by the international community.

Mr. Budhathoki participate training program in Dhaka University

isms | 24 December, 2009 14:59

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Mr. Uttam Budhathoki attended a Training Program in Gas Chromatography and Gas chromatography Mass spectroscopy (GC and GC-MS) in Department of Chemistry, Dhaka University, Bangladesh from 09-15 December 2009.

International Foundation for Science (IFS), Sweden, supported him to attend the training as he is an IFS grantee.

Dr. Deepak P. Subedi Participated and Presented on Chemistry in Nature and Natural Resources

isms | 14 December, 2009 10:07


Dr. Deepak Prasad Subedi participated and presented his research work on an international workshop on Chemistry in Nature and Natural Resources, Organized by International Foundation for Science (IFS) & Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) during  Dec. 7-10, Chiang Mai, Thailand. As a grantee, Dr. Subedi  was invited by IFS and OPCW to present his  research work  on “ Treatment of Water by Dielectric Barrier Discharge”.  

Kathmandu University celebrates 18th KU day

isms | 13 December, 2009 12:32

KU Day The 18th anniversary of the establishment of Kathmandu University was celebrated as KU DAY amidst a special ceremony organized in the premises of KU Complex at Balkumari, Lalitpur on December 10, 2009.  The function was attended by officials, faculties and staffs of the university as well as some specially invited guests. 

During the occasion, Vice Chancellor Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma congratulated all family members and hailed their contribution for contributing to bring the university at this stage. He also highlighted on the changing role and responsibilities of the university and upcoming challenges for the continued sustenance of the university. He inspired audience telling that Kathmandu University had taken many challenges and crossed the many adverse situations in the past and in future also it will be able to cross all the obstacles and will achieve its objectives.  Registrar Dr. Bhadra Man Tuladhar, in his congratulatory note highlighted on the achievements as well as different policies and strategies KU may follow in coming days to continuously uplifting the KU's status nationally and internationally. 

Dean, School of Engineering Dr. Bhola Thapa, highlighted on the status and strategies for research at KU and Finance Manager Mr.  Kumar Baral made an extensive presentation on financial status of the university along and also suggested some possible strategies to further enhance the financial status during the event.

University of New Mexico Delegates visit Kathmandu University

isms | 09 December, 2009 15:50

University of New Mexico Delegates visit Kathmandu University 

Memorandum of Understanding is signed between Kathmandu University (KU) and University of New Mexico (UNM) to begin formal relationship between two universities. Four-member delegates headed by Dr. Suzanne Ortega (Executive Vice president and Provost),along with  Dr. Phillip Gonzales, Sr. Associate Dean, Arts and Sciences, Professor, Dr. Alok K. Bohara, Professor, Department of Economics and Dr. Kristin Vanderbilt, Associate Research Professor, Sevilleta Long-term research, Department of Biology, UNM were the team members. The objectives of the MoU included exchange of teaching and research personnel, exchange of students, development of joint research projects, organization of joint academic and scientific activities such as academic and professional courses, conferences, seminars, symposia and lectures etc. 

The delegation had series of discussions with the deans and faculties to explore various subject areas where both the universities can go hand in hand from December 1-December 3 in different meetings in KUSOM building, Dhulikhel Hospital and Central Office Kathmandu University.  On December 3, 2009, after the signing of the academic agreement, there was formal inauguration of KU UNM Nepal Study Center in Kathmandu University at KUSOM. The center was opened with the objective to run and facilitate joint activities and research projects on Nepal.

 The delegation also visited and met officials of ICIMOD, NTNC and FoB and discussed the possibilities of various activities along with KU. 

The delegation of Kathmandu University comprising Prof. Suresh Raj Sharma, Vice Chancellor, and Prof Subas KC, Dean of School of Management had visited UNM in April 2008.

President of Korea University visits Kathmandu University

isms | 09 December, 2009 15:03

President of Korea University visits Kathmandu University 
On November 25, 2009 Korea University President Prof Ki Soo Lee visited Kathmandu University along with Dr Heungsuk Choi, Director of International Affair. Kathmandu University and Korea University had signed a memorandum of understanding in August during the visit of Vice Chancellor, Prof Suresh Raj Sharma to Korea University. The objective of the President's visit was to strengthen the relationship between the two universities through exploring the possibilities where both the universities can implement specific academic programs and projects. Korea University is among the top three universities in Korea. It has strong academic-industrial collaboration. There had discussions in number of issues of mutual interest including exchange of students, faculties and scholarships. It also has been agreed that joint research will be initiated in the areas of common interest and benefits in which both the partners can contribute. Some of the fields of research discussed were energy, environment–climate change, pharmaceutical, community medicine etc. President was also accompanied by his wife.

Visit cum Training Program

isms | 25 November, 2009 14:34

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Forum for Civil Engineering Education in Universities of Developing Countries


On friendly invitation of College of Civil Engineering of Hunan University, the Dean of School of Engineering, Prof. Dr. Bhola Thapa and the Head of Department of Civil Engineering, Prof. Dr. Ramesh Kumar Maskey participated in a 20-day visit cum training program organized by Hunan University in Chnagsha of Hunan Province of People's Republic of China from 10 to 30 September 2009. Seventeen Participants from six-developing countries namely: Kenya, South Africa, Egypt, Vietnam, Pakistan and Nepal. The visit was sponsored by the Ministry of Education.


The main objective of the Forum was to provide opportunity to scholars from Asia and Africa to use it as a platform for sharing knowledge and building network between them for mutual growth in the context of Global knowledge–based economy. There were eleven lectures by professors from Hunan University, one special presentation by participants and one plenary discussion on "Opportunities in International Collaboration and Interaction in Education and Research in Civil Engineering" Furthermore, the visit was supplemented by four technical visits to different design institutions, heavy industries, construction sites related to civil engineering. Participants also have appreciated the visits to different historical and tourist sites in Hunan Province and Beijing including the Great China Wall.


As an outcome of the Forum, a Memorandum of Understanding for educational and cultural cooperation between Suez Canal University, Egypt and Kathmandu University has been signed by the authorities of respective universities. Similarly, an Expression of Interest document for mutual cooperation in educational and cultural exchange has been signed by authorities of participating countries. Further, a meeting was held between the delegates from Kathmandu University and representative of Hunan Allonward Hydro-Generating Equipment Co. Ltd on 24-25 September in Changsha of Hunan Province to discuss on various aspects of mutual cooperation (see Minutes of Meeting)


Kathmandu University extends its warm thanks to College of Civil Engineering of Hunan University for the friendly invitation and the opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience with distinguished participants from Asia and Africa. Gratitude also goes to Prof. Lee of Confucius Institute at Kathmandu University for organizing this visit.

Mr. K.P. Shrestha and Mr. Vijit Atreya attended JENESYS 2009

isms | 20 November, 2009 14:04

Mr. Krishna Prasad Shrethsa (Graduate Student and Teaching Assistant at Department of Mechanical Engineering) and Mr. Vijit Atreya (Graduate Student and Teaching Assistant at Department of Computer Science and Engineering) have attended Invitation Programme for Science and Technological Human Resources under the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youth (JENESYS) Programme 2009 in Japan from Nov 1 – 14, 2009. During the courtesy call on Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan, on 2nd Nov, 2009, Mr. Krishna Prasad Shrestha delivered special speech on the behalf of all the participating nations from SAARC. During the program, 4 participants have represented Nepal. The rest two participants (Mr. Kaji Ram Karki and Mr. Soyuz Gautam) were from Tribhuvan University.

The objective of the programme was to establish network among Japanese and SAARC Science and Technological human resources and also to establish network within the Science and Technological human resources from SAARC nations. The participating nations were Bangladesh (3 participants), India (6 participants), Nepal (4 participants), Pakistan (3 participants) and Sri Lanka (3 participants). During the program, the participants visited various cities, institutions and industries of Japan. The cities they have visited are Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe. The institutions they have visited are Nagoya Institute of Technology, Kyoto Institute of Technology and Kobe University. They have also visited Yamazaki Mazak Corporation, Panasonic Center at Osaka, Sumitomo Metal Industries – Kashima Steel Works and Yamanaka Engineering Company at Tokyo. The participants have also visited Asian Disaster Reduction Center, Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institute and various historic and cultural sites of Japan. According to the participants from Kathmandu University, Nepal, the program remained successful in fulfilling its objectives. Kathmandu University thanks Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan and Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE) and all the facilitators of this program.

Mr. Khagendra Acharya attended International Workshop in Israel

isms | 08 November, 2009 15:52

Mr. Khagendra Acharya, Lecturer at the Department of Languages and Mass Communication, attended an International Workshop on Media Strategies for Social Change held in Haifa, Israel from 19-30 October. 

Mr. Acharya who was selected a group leader of the team that comprised Jo from China, Luis from El Salvador,Grace from Nigeria and Rosan from Philipines, presented a power point presentation on the title Global Crisis: Who Suffers?

Dr Jyoti Upadhyaya visited Canada as a Visiting Professor

isms | 06 November, 2009 11:15

Dr. Jyoti Upadhyaya visited the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada as a Visiting Professor.   She also presented a paper on “Mathematical modeling of mortality for countries with limited and defective data” on 23rd October in the Statistics and Computing colloquium of the department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Guelph. Two research papers were completed and submitted for publication during this time. She also visited the Department of Statistics, St Catherine, Brock University, Ontario, Canada.

DMSDC change to HiCCRDC

isms | 05 November, 2009 12:07

The Disaster Management and Sustainable Development Center (DMSDC) of Kathmandu University is renamed to the Himalayan Cryosphere, Climate and Disaster Research Center (HiCCDRC) in October 2009. The HiCCDRC is under the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering (DESE), School of Science (SOS) in Kathmandu University (KU), Dhulikhel, Nepal

The main objective of the center is to carry out research on cryospheric science and climate change related issues and produce young researchers in these fields. 

The specific objectives of the center include: 

·          Research on snow, glacier, glacial lakes, hydrology, disaster, energy, biodiversity, climate change and related issues- in house, collaborative and cliental

·          Trainings- in house and outside cliental in the above mentioned topics

·          Course offerings – M. Sc. by research, M. Phil. and Ph. D. in Glaciology

·          Provide services to university in the related expertise

·          Organize relevant workshop/seminar/conferences

·          Develops national/international linkage and collaborations


Dr. Subedi present the paper in ICPE 2009, Bangkok, Thailand

isms | 28 October, 2009 13:42

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Dr. Deepak Prasad Subedi participated and presented a research paper in the International Conference on Physics Education (ICPE 2009), held in Bangkok, Thailand, during Oct. 18-24 2009. The title of his presentation was Contact angle measurement and its importance in surface characterization.   In the mean time, he also attended the meeting of the national point of contact of the Asian Physics Education Network (ASPEN) held in the same venue.

Workshop in Renewable Nepal

isms | 27 October, 2009 14:48

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Renewable Nepal Kickoff Workshop was held in Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel on October 27, 2009. The ‘Renewable Nepal project aims to stimulate industrial application research in renewable energy technologies at Nepalese Universities, by financially supporting industry institution partnership researches. The project is funded by NORAD and is jointly managed by Kathmandu University, Nepal and SINTEF Energiforsking AS (SEFAS) Norway. Under the project framework, a number of selected industry institution partnership research projects will be supported financially upto 80% of the total project costs.

At the workshop, MOU was signed between Kathmandu University and NORAD by the Vice-Chancellor of the university Prof. Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma and His Excellency the Ambassador of Norway Mr. Thor Gislesen respectively.


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