NORHED Project

NORHED SUNREM-Himalaya Project

"Sustainable natural resource management for climate change adaptation in the Himalayan region"

The NORHED SUNREM-Himalaya Project has following publications (till the end of 2016)

 

Minutes of the Inception Meeting of the NORHED SUNREM-Himalaya Project

"Sustainable natural resource management for climate change adaptation in the Himalayan region: A collaborative project among Norway, Nepal, Pakistan and Bhutan”

[Project No. QZA-0485 NPL 13/0022]

29-31 January 2014, Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel, Kavre, Nepal



The meeting got underway at 10:15 am in the presence of the Dean, School of Science, Registrar and Chief Administrative Officer of Kathmandu University. The opening session was chaired by the Registrar, KU, who gave an inspiring welcome address and wished the meeting success.

Due to unexpected flight cancellation by PIA, only one member (Dr. Farida Begum, Project Coordinator) of Karakoram International University in Gilgit, Pakistan, was able to attend the “kick-off” workshop. After the welcome address by the Registrar, Prof. Roshan M. Bajracharya, Project Coordinator, KU, gave a brief, general overview of the project and the process of application and procurement of the NORHED proposal in early 2013. Thereafter, Prof. Bishal Sitaula of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, also offered a hearty welcome to all project partners and gave a brief introduction of Noragric (Department of International Environment and Development Studies) at NMBU. The slightly modified program of the meeting/workshop was as follows:

DAY-1 (29th January 2014)

Time

Activities

Speaker/Presenter


9:00-10:00

Registration, tea/coffee

All participants

10:15

Opening – welcome address

VC/Registrar/Dean SOS

10:25

Project overview

R.M. Bajracharya, KU

10:35

Remarks and welcome

B.K. Sitaula, NMBU

10:45

Brief overview of institutions (10 minutes each)


10:45

Royal University of Bhutan

D.B. Gurung

10:55

Karakoram International University

F. Begum

11:10

Institute of Forestry, Tribhuvan University

M. Balla

11:20

Kathmandu University

S. Sharma

11:35

Remarks on synergy and collaboration among NORHED projects in Nepal and the region

Dr. Hem Subedi, coordinator, CPDS

11:45-13:00



13:00

Project budget; distribution, reporting protocols and deadlines

R.M. Bajracharya

13:30

Project activities overview; first year activities, targets and deliverables

RMB/BKS

14:00

Technical progress and financial reporting – formats, protocols, contractual obligations

RMB/BKS

14:30

Institutional needs, goals and direction; course programs to be initiated/developed

Project partners

15:00

Ph.D. and Post-doctoral candidates – selection criteria, award conditions and tentative topics

Project partners

15:30

Project administration, progress monitoring and evaluation; steering committee formation & meeting frequency/schedule

Project partners

16:00

Closing/Vote of thanks

IOF Dean

16:00

Tea/coffee


18:00

Welcome reception Dinner (Dhulikhel Lodge Resort)




DAY-2 (30th January 2014)

Time

Activities

Speaker/Presenter


9:00

Opening – welcome

Dean/HOD

9:05

Objectives, scope and outcomes of workshop

RMB

9:10

Targets and expectations

BKS

9:15

Presentation of existing course curricula

Project partners

9:30

RUB

DBG

9:45

KIU

SD

10:00

IOF/TU

KRT

10:15

KU

SS

10:30-11:00

Tea/Coffee break


11:00

Project course programs and activities

RMB/BKS

11:10

Group work – identification of needs and targets for each institution (RUB, KIU, IOF, KU)

All participants

13:00-14:00

Lunch break

All participants

14:00-15:00

Group discussions continued

All participants

15:00-16:00

Group presentations

All participants

16:00

Closing & tea/coffee

All participants



DAY-3 (31st January 2014)

Time

Activities


10:00

Depart from hotel/travel to Bhaktapur

11:00

Arrive at Bhaktapur – sight-seeing/shopping

11:00-12:00

Bhaktapur – sight-seeing/shopping

12:00-12:30

Travel to Bouddha Nath Stupa

13:00-14:00

Lunch at Bouddha

15:00

Drop-off to Hotel


Evening free time – Shopping/dinner



All partners presented brief backgrounds on their respective institutions and departments on Day 1. On Day 2, each of the partner institutions presented details of the current/existing course programs and curricula at their respective departments. The key points discussed and agreed upon during the afternoon session of Day 1 and morning/afternoon sessions of Day 2 included activities for 2014, due dates and procedure/deadlines for reporting by each of the partners.

  1. Activities related to Outcome 1 – Graduate degree programs: It was agreed that each of the south partner institutions would conduct detailed course curricula review and identify updating or new courses needed during February 2014. This would be in preparation for intake of a new cohort of Master students in July-August of 2014.

    1. At Kathmandu University (KU) it was pointed out that there is a need for strengthening the existing course program and adding a specialization stream dealing with climate change adaptation and mitigation.

    2. At the Royal University of Bhutan, work to initiate graduate level (M.Sc.) program in the College of Natural Resources (CNR) is in progress, but the program could be started only in July 2015. Thus, it was pointed out that there would not be an intake of M.Sc. students for 2014. It was agreed that KU and Institute of Forestry (IOF, TU) would provide course syllabus/outlines for existing courses dealing with research methods, statistics and experimental design by February 7 to CNR, Royal University of Bhutan (RUB). The partners from Bhutan agreed that there was a need to incorporate climate change components in the course curricula. A Bachelor level course, B.Sc. in Environment and Climate studies has also been proposed and approved, but it would also be offered only in July 2015.

    3. The Institute of Forestry (IOF,TU) informed that they had recently conducted curriculum review and modification last year, and that, through an MOU with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, a new course program on protected area management and biodiversity conservation had been proposed. They also indicated that they had felt a need for a distance learning electronic-based course dealing with climate change to be developed. The on-going M.Sc. Forestry, Watershed Management and Natural Resource Management & Rural Development courses at IOF had been revised and total course credits increased from 40 to 50. Also, a new course on Global Environmental Change had been added to be offered as a core course across all three programs.

    4. At Karakoram International University (KIU), there are presently two degree tracks: (i) a 2 year Bachelors followed by 2-year Masters program, and; (ii) a 4-year Bachelor program, followed by MS/MPhil. Environmental Sciences. Dr. Begum pointed out that there was considerable flexibility in the 4-year Bachelor program and the MS/MPhil programs for adding new elective or core courses dealing with climate change, watershed management, sustainable natural resource management, etc.

    5. It was agreed by all partners that a common criteria for provision of scholarship amounts and eligibility would be adopted by all institutions depending on the funds available. These along with the announcement/advertisement for the Master program intake would be developed.

  2. Activities related to Outcome 2 – Ph.D. candidates enrolment at KU and IOF

    1. It was noted that 2 candidates each from KIU and RUB, with 50% female candidates as available, would be sought and enrolled at KU and IOF. Dr. Farida indicated that it would be difficult to get a PhD candidate in 2014, but should be possible in 2015.

    2. The selection criteria would be based on eligibility criteria as established at KU and IOF; appropriate incorporation of gender aspects; requirement of English proficiency; etc. would be adequately addressed in the announcement.

    3. The details relating to fees, fellowship amounts, research, travel, insurance allowances, etc. would be worked out in view of available funds and candidate numbers. An age limit for PhD fellowship recipients would be set with preference given to 35 years and less, but not exceeding 40 years.

    4. It was agreed that although priority for PhD applicants would be given to faculty members at the partner institutions, prospective or potential faculty could also be considered in the event that existing faculty are unavailable or not qualified.

    5. The eligibility criteria and admission requirements of both KU and IOF would be provided to KIU and RUB by February 7, 2014.

    6. The advertisement/call for Ph.D. admission is to be posted by March 2014 and selection of the candidates to be completed by July 2014. The Gender Focal Point will address the gender aspects in both the announcement as well as in potential research topics for the candidates. The PhD candidates will be co-supervised by faculty members from the North Partner institutions (NMBU). Provisions will be made for part-time PhD enrolment at the host institution and arrangements will be made for research to be conducted in the home country of the candidate.

  3. Activities related to Outcome 3 – Post-doctoral fellows and small grant awards

    1. It was decided that post-doctoral research awards would be differed to 2015 as procedures, eligibility criteria and selection process all needed to be worked out.

    2. The announcement for post-doctoral fellowships will be developed during the course of 2014 with considerations for gender balance and equity. Prof. Sitaula pointed out the need for adding a disclaimer in the announcement indicating no liability/responsibility of the respective institutions.

    3. The post-doctoral research may involve travel to Norway or other partner country for specialized analytical work or training.

    4. The call for small grants will be developed after the example presented by Prof. Balla of IOF, TU. IOF has provided small grants to faculty and students during the NUFU phase ii project and has experience regarding this. The call will be posted in March to take effect during the second half of 2014. The duration for small grants research will range from 6 months to 1 year.

    5. In principle, small grants are intended for junior faculty members of the respective departments at the partner institutions, however, in the event that very few applications/proposals are received, other PhD and/or MSc students may be considered for small grants.

    6. It was pointed out by Prof. Sitaula that publication (even in national or regional journals) should be required for small grant recipients.

    7. The grants will encourage teamwork, so that 2 or more faculty members may apply as a team. The grant amounts to be awarded will be in the range of Rs. 50,000 to 100,000 depending on availability of funds, although first the research costs for PhD and post-doctoral candidates need to be worked out and the remaining funds can be allocated for small grants. The funds may not be used for a salary component!

    8. Although not explicitly indicated in the overall budget, some of the research funds will be provided to both KIU and RUB for small grants (e.g., NOK 50,000 each over the project duration).

  4. Activities related to Outcome 4 – Institutional strengthening

    1. It was suggested by Prof. Sitaula that the partner institutions should harmonized with the PhD and post-doctoral research in determining priorities and needs for institutional strengthening.

    2. In general this component will involve upgrading of facilities such as ICT and laboratories; purchase of computer equipment, teaching aids, course materials, books and journals; training of administrative and support staff such as finance staff, library personnel and laboratory technicians; and, gender incentives and support.

  5. Activities related to Outcome 5 – Knowledge base and information sharing

    1. The main responsibility for the development of a knowledge data base on sustainable resource management, climate change adaptation and mitigation and allied fields of study will be taken by KU. Support with institutional and national information will be provided by all other partners. The lead for gathering information and contents of the data base and web platform will be taken by IOF, TU.

    2. The main purpose for setting up the knowledge base and internet/web-based platform will be for information and knowledge sharing and exchange among the partners as well as any other interested parties. Another objective is to improve project visibility and internationalization.

    3. KU will hire specialized persons to work closely with faculty members to establish the user-friendly internet site and web platform for establishing links, uploading of documents, audio-visuals, etc.

    4. Faculty from Noragric, NMBU will contribute to workshops and training on writing successful proposal at each of the south partner institutions. Dates for the workshops in Bhutan, Pakistan and Nepal should be agreed upon and fixed with Prof. Sitaula.

  6. Other issues, points to be clarified, and tasks to be completed – several other issues and points were raised and some tasks agreed upon:

    1. Although the overall budget is as summarized in the budget distribution sheet provided to each partner, some modifications to each year’s annual budget is possible and these will be finalized at each annual meeting for the upcoming year.

    2. Within each year’s allocated budget for each partner, slight deviations of about 10-15% within budget categories/items are typically permissible.

    3. As transfer of funds outside of Nepal by the main partner (KU) appears to be lengthy and cumbersome, it was agreed that for subsequent fund releases, we will request Norad/NORHED to transfer the respective funds directly to each partner institution.

    4. For each four-monthly funds release, KU will send the invoice on behalf of each of the partners. However, each south partner must send an invoice with planned activities schedule to KU prior to funds release.

    5. Separate accounts are to be established at each partner institution for operation of the NORHED project; in exceptional cases (as with KU) a separate ledger/header within the main institutional account could be maintained for this project. This issue is to be clarified with Norad officials at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia during the March 2014 meeting.

    6. Full authority is to be given to the project coordinators of respective institutions for funds approval and release for project implementation. It is assumed that the overall budget and project details have been approved at the inception of the project as implied by signing of the agreement contracts by the institutional heads/authorities.

    7. Project coordinators are to separate expenses by budget item/category when reporting or clearing project costs so as to facilitate the finance/administrative staff in preparing the financial statements and reporting.

    8. Project expenses must be audited annually both internally and by an independent external auditor as required by Norad.

    9. Guidelines for annual technical and financial reporting is to be communicated to project partners by KU 3 months in advance of the annual reporting deadline. The reports are to be sent for finalization to NMBU at least one month before the deadline. All south partners are to duly complete the reports and send them to the main partner (KU) one month before forwarding to NMBU/Norad.

    10. Annual meeting of the project partner in the presence of NORHED official will be conducted alternately at each of the partner institution countries. With one or two such meetings conducted in Norway (clarify this with NORHED officials at Addis Ababa!).

    11. The main purpose of the annual meetings is to present the progress of the past year by each partner, to propose the plan of activities for the following year, to finalize the annual budgets for the upcoming year, and to report any deviations as well as problems for early resolution. All partners must be present and at least the project coordinators of each partner are to be available during the meeting.

    12. Strategies and precautions for safeguarding against corruption have been highlighted and the North partner has informed all partners regarding anti-corruption measures required by Norad.

    13. Prof. Sitaula provided details about a new course on “Transformation in a changing climate and sustainable development” offered at NMBU other intuitions involved in the Conflict, Peace and Development Studies project. He suggested that all partners consider incorporating the course into their undergraduate or graduate-level curricula as appropriate and to follow-up on offering the course with technical support from NMBU. This was agreed upon by all partners.

    14. All south partners are to prepare an activities schedule for 2014 indicating the main activities to be undertaken, deliverables and due dates. A draft activities schedule will be circulated to all partners by KU.


Sustainable natural resource management for climate change adaptation in the Himalayan region: A collaborative project among Norway, Nepal, Pakistan and Bhutan [Norad Project No.: QZA-0485, NPL-13/0022]

April 24-25, 2014

College of Natural Resources (CNR), Lobesa, Punakha, Bhutan



The meeting was convened by the honourable director of the College of Natural Resources of the Royal University of Butan, at Lobesa at 10:00 am Prof. Dorji Wangchuk. After a welcome address by the Chairperson, Prof. Wangchuk, the meeting began with a round of introduction of the faculty members of CNR attending the meeting. The meeting was attended by 8 faculty members of CNR along with Professors Sitaula and Bajracharya (see list of participants attached).

The meeting was initiated with a brief overview of the project and activities conducted thus far by Prof. Bajracharya, the project coordinator of the main partner, Kathmandu University, for the benefit of other faculty members of CNR, RUB, who had not attended the project inception meeting at Dhulikhel in Nepal earlier this year.

A few queries raised by faculty members of CNR included information about what exactly was in store for CNR through the NORHED project, and how they stand to benefit from the collaboration. This was elucidated by Professors Bajracharya and Sitaula. The key activities and provisions made for RUB within the SUNREM-Himlaya Project includes the following specific items for RUB involvement:

  1. Full tuition fees, fellowships, travel costs and research expenses for two PhD candidates from CNR/RUB to conduct their PhD work at KU or IOF, TU, Nepal.

  2. Collaborative research and joint supervision of PhD theses with NMBU, KU, and or TU partners.

  3. Development and implementation of MSc program dealing with sustainable NRM and climate change with support and resources from NMBU, KU and TU.

  4. Scholarships and thesis support for MSc students (50% scholarships for 30% of cohorts) from climate vulnerable, disadvantaged segments of society and women.

  5. Exchange faculty visits for teaching, thesis supervision, and collaborative research, among Nepal, Bhutan and Pakistan.

  6. Small grant research support for faculty members (2-3 mini-projects) as per the available funds in 2015.

  7. Post-doctoral fellowship for 1 faculty member depending on availability of the budget.

The following points were discussed/elaborated during the meeting:-

  1. Thereafter, Dr. D.B. Gurung and Prof. Wangchuk provided an explanation of the on-going and planned degree course programs and the scope for incorporating the present NORHED project thematic courses within the existing and newly planned programs. They indicated that the newly developed program of Masters in Development Practice had topics related to sustainable development and sustainable resource use, and that new courses could be incorporated into the program after one cycle of running the course in 2016.

  2. Also, there is scope to incorporated such courses as “Global Environmental Change”, “Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation”, and “Transformation and Climate Change” developed at NMBU and KU, into the new Masters by Research programs being developed for launching in July 2015. These include: MSc by Research in Forestry, Agriculture, and Animal Sciences.

  3. The CNR faculty members suggested that, if possible, some of the courses on sustainable NRM and climate change could be adapted and offered in the on-going Bachelor programs, namely, BSc in Sustainable Development, and BSc in Environment and Climate Studies that are presently being offered. Particularly, it was suggested that the courses on “Global Environmental Change” and “Transformation and Climate Change” from NMBU could be offered at the Bachelors level.

  4. Professor Sitaula pointed out that it was necessary to set up a committee or core group at CNR to evaluate and review the existing course curricula at RUB as well as the course programs from KU and IOF for selection and inclusion of relevant courses at CNR. Such a core working group is to do the revision work and decide on courses to be developed by September 30, 2014.

  5. Two faculty members from CNR could attend and/or present papers at the upcoming International Conference on Forests, Soils and Rural Livelihoods in a Changing Climate” to be held at Kathmandu University during 27-30 September, 2014 at Dhulikhel, Nepal.

  6. Potential Ph.D. candidates from CNR, RUB, include the following faculty members: Ms. Ugyen Yangchen, Mr. Bhagat Subedi, and Mr. Ugyen Thinley. It was decided that CNR would select the candidates as per the regulations and criteria of the University, however, the following points are to be taken into consideration:

    1. Preference should be given to in-service candidates

    2. Priority is to be given to female candidates, if available

    3. Candidates should preferably be under 40 years of age at enrolment (if possible)

  7. Professor Sitaula, here, noted that in a worst-case scenario, CNR could select a good M.Sc. graduate or prospective faculty member for PhD, with bonding to work at CNR, RUB, after completion of the degree. Also, if some faculty members were already involved in project work, these could be used as a part of the PhD research if they joined KU or IOF for their PhD degree work.

  8. The PhD package to be provided by this NORHED SUNREM Himalaya project would include:

    1. Covering of all tuition fees (at KU or IOF) = approx. NRs. 400,000

    2. PhD fellowship (living allowance) = approx. NRs. 35,000 to 40,000 while at KU or IOF, Nepal

    3. Actual research costs in the range of Rs. 300,000 to 500,000 per candidate.

  9. It was decided that the candidates need to be nominated along with submission of their research concept notes by 31st May, 2014. Prof. Sitaula requested to have the PhD candidates in place and registered at KU or IOF by August 2014. Dr. Bajracharya suggested considering differing one candidate to start in 2015 if it was difficult to find 2 appropriate candidates for 2014.

  10. MSc scholarships provided by this project are intended for female, marginalized and/or disadvantaged candidates. These may be provided at 50% or tuition amounts for only 30% of student cohorts (intake numbers). However, it was pointed out that some funds could be provided for MSc thesis/research costs (or BSc thesis work if MSc candidates not available).

  11. CNR needs to develop and action plan as to how the budget (NOK 210,000 available) will be spent in 2014. Provide a detailed budget expenses breakdown.

  12. The institutional development budget of NOK 65,000 for RUB could be used for the following:

    1. Lab upgrading and minor laboratory equipment

    2. Books and teaching materials

    3. Software and/or e-journal subscriptions

    4. Training of administrative and technical support staff

  13. Prof. Sitaula indicated that CNR could hire an IT consultant to design a web page and add links to specific e-resources sites and information dealing with climate change and sustainable resource management.

  14. A proposal writing workshop to develop proposals for procuring grant funding has been planned for October 2014. This could be a one-day or multiple-day workshop depending upon the needs and preference of faculty members. Moreover, this could lead to the development of joint proposals by KU/IOF/RUB/KIU faculty members in the future.

  15. In order to have faculty exchange visits for teaching courses or guest-lecturing, the required courses and course components need to be identified by CNR, and this information should be communicated to the main partner (KU) at least 2 months in advance in order to find the appropriate faculty member(s). At present, KU and NMBU are willing to offer the following courses:

    1. Fundamentals of Aquatic Ecology

    2. Sustainable Land/Soil and Watershed Management

    3. Glacier Environments and Climate Change

    4. Global Environmental Change

    5. Transformation and Climate Change

  16. Prof. Sitaula informed CNR of the corruption policy upheld by NORAD and Norway. He inquired about anti-corruption measures in place at RUB.

    1. Is there a separate account/ledger maintained for each project? Prof. Wangchuk indicated that a separate account ledger would be maintained according to national rules and regulations.

    2. What measures for anti-corruption were in place at RUB?

      1. For procurement, a committee exists with bidding sought and decisions taken by the committee, not individuals.

      2. National autonomous audit system is conducted annually for finances.

      3. TA/DA rates to followed as per government regulations; there are separate rates for different countries and cities depending on living costs (per diem = USD 120 for SAARC countries).

      4. An internal audit process was under development and will be implemented in the near future.

The meeting was officially adjourned by the Chair person, Prof. Wangchuk.

The project planning meeting was attended by:

Prof. Dorji Wangchuk

Prof. Dr. Bishal Sitaula

Prof. Dr. Roshan Bajracharya

Dr. Dhan B. Gurung

Dr. Rekha Chhetri

Mr. Ugyen Thinley

Ms. Bhagat Subedi

Mr. Ugyen Yangchen

Dr. Phub Dorji

Tshering Gyeltshen

 

MINUTES OF THE CURRICULA REVIEW AND ANALYSIS WORKSHOP: SECOND DAY 10TH MARCH 2014
1. The second day workshop on Curricula Revise started at 9.30 AM at the Mini auditorium, Kathmandu University chaired by Prof. Roshan Man Bajracharya.
2. There were five new attendants/experts in the workshop :
a. Prof. Kedar Rijal, Tribhuvan University
b. Prof. Dinesh Raj Bhuju, Tribhuvan University (Expert)
c. Dr. Binod Bhatt (Expert)
d. Dr. Laxman Joshi, Kathmandu University
e. Dr. Chakramani Chalise, MoFALD (Expert)
3. The Chairperson, Prof. Roshan Man Bajracharya welcomed the new members. He also highlighted on the background, aims and objectives of the Master’s Program offered by DESE and the currently implemented NORHED Project.
4. Prof. Sanjay Nath Khanal, the Chairperson for the first day (9th March 2014) of the workshop presented a detailed review of yesterday’s activities and discussions. He also appreciated the participation of all the participants of the workshop.
5. It was followed by the feedback from the External reviewers, Prof. Dinesh Bhuju, TU; Dr. Binod Bhatt and Dr. Chakrapani Chalise, MoFALD.
6. Prof. Dinesh Bhuju appreciated the existing course content being offered to the Master’s students. He also appreciated the pool of elective courses offered by DESE. He
a. Highlighted the importance of subject knowledge, ability to conduct research independently and ability to participate in policy making debates as the main factors responsible to make Master’s students competent.
b. Highlighted the importance of Community service and involvement of students in different case studies in developing their analytical mind/skills
c. Gave many examples from TU
d. He made the following suggestions/recommendations :
i. Contemporary issues should be contextual and more country-specific.
ii. Exposure to Modelling, Journal article presentation should be included
iii. Credits for GIS and Remote sensing should be increased
iv. Graduate conference should be held
v. Research credits should be increased
vi. Course titles should reflect course content
vii. Adequate resource materials to be given
viii. Research stations/experimental plots to be established for long term generation of data
ix. Research identity of the university to be maintained
x. Inclusion of philosophical basis of environmental study
7. Dr. Binod Bhatt started his review from an employer-employee perspective. He mentioned his reservation against the teaching system. He emphasized that Master Level courses should not focus on Fundamentals. The latter should be rigorous at the Bachelor Level. He further pointed out that the main objective of offering Master Level courses is to build up a confidence level in the students. He emphasized that all courses should have components of History, Geography and future prospects so that they are balanced. Like Prof. Bhuju, Dr. Bhatt also highlighted the importance of inclusion of students in community services. He made the following suggestions and recommendations:
i. Courses should be dynamic as well as static
ii. Annual Internal review/revision of the courses is important
iii. Concept of mini thesis could prove very fruitful
iv. Graduate utility value would increase only if the students have knowledge on global as well as country-specific/contextual issues
v. Exposure of students to Modelling, developing writing skill are essential
vi. Credit review is essential
vii. Thesis and reports at University library are good source of secondary data
viii. Internships are important for learning skills
ix. Stopping the current “brain drain” of educated youths going abroad is essential to keep the ‘knowledge manpower’ in the country
x. Exposure to statistical analysis is important and the students should be familiar not only with quantitative statistical packages/softwares but also with qualitative analysis softwares
xi. Some courses such as Ethnobotany &ITK should be taken up as self-study courses
xii. 3 credits being offered only for proposal defense and proposal write up is too much
8. Dr. Chakramani Sharma from MoFALD started his presentation by appreciating the contribution of KU and TU in IEE . He highlighted the importance of the role played by the Local Development Ownership in taking responsibility and becoming committed for any local developmental work. He basically explained the aims and objectives of MoFALD , its working system, management committee, future plans, governance. He also emphasized on ‘ change in attitude’ is necessary for sustainable management and development.
9. After lunch break, the participants again gathered at 1.30 pm. The entire group was divided into 4 sectors viz. Blue, Green, Grey and Common . It was followed by group discussion and presentation.
10. The workshop was wrapped up with the Chairpersons’s presentation at 4.00 pm.
NOTES:
1. Medium of presentation/communication was Nepali and English as announced by HoD, DESE.
2. Dr. N. R. Khatiwada: Reminded Prof. Khanal that feedbacks from past graduates was essential.
3. Dr. A. Sharma: Reminded Prof. Khanal to form a task force to continue to review the curricula.
4. Prof. R.M. Bajracharya announced that Ms. Anustha Shrestha, a KU, DESE alumni will be taking up the tracer study. He also suggested to pre-pone the curricula revision to come into effect in August 2014. Prof. Bajracharya also emphasized the point that Master level courses should be more independent and more credits should be given for research.
5. Dr. R.B. Kayastha: mentioned about the MS by Research in Glaciology and explained the students’ involvement in going through journal articles in response to Dr. Bhatt’s comment regarding the lack of reading journal articles by Master students.
6. Prof. K. Rijal: Mentioned the importance critical analysis. He also suggested that preparation and publication of at least one manuscript at the Master’s Level should be made mandatory which would strengthen writing skill.
7. Prof. S. Sharma: Made an announcement that this year KU and TU students will be involved in IEE monitoring on Chure Conservation Area. He also conveyed the regards from the Registrar to the External reviewers.




 



Latest Events

Call for Post-Doctoral Research Proposals. Click for more

Contact

Information about NORHED Project

Address :Department of Environment Science & Engineering ,KU

E-mail : rmbaj@ku.edu.np

Phone : +977-11-661399 Ext:2235