Kathmandu University Directorate of Research, Development and Consultancy

Currently Funded Project

School of arts

  • DESE: KVIEM
    • Investigators

      Prof. Sanjay Nath Khanal (PI)
      Prakash Kiran Jung Thapa

    • Collaborating Partners

      Dhulikhel Municipality
      Banepa Municipality

    • Funding Agency

    • Outputs

    • Budget

    • Direct/Indirect Benefits

    • Remarks

      details to come

  • DoCC 2017: HEMTA- Phytochemicals, Pesticides, Heavy Metals and Toxicity Analysis of Thymus linearis and Angelica glauca
    • Investigators

      Dr. Bishnu Prasad Pandey

    • Collaborating Partners

    • Funding Agency

      H-Plant Pvt. Ltd

    • Outputs

      Testing required parameters before launching the product in commercial scale.

    • Budget

      NRs. 781,000/-

    • Direct/Indirect Benefits

    • Remarks

      date of start: 3 march 2017

  • DoME: project acronym HADA
    • Investigators

      Dr. Bim P. Shrestha (PI)

      details to come

    • Collaborating Partners

    • Funding Agency

    • Outputs

    • Budget

    • Direct/Indirect Benefits

    • Remarks

  • DoME: TEMA
    • Investigators

      details to come

    • Collaborating Partners

    • Funding Agency

    • Outputs

    • Budget

    • Direct/Indirect Benefits

    • Remarks

  • SoA 2016-17: Processing ID Card Information (Person with Disability) and Disability and Disability Service Tracking in Dailekh, Kathmandu and Morang Districts (PIDID)
    • Investigators

      Prof. Dr. Mahesh Banskota

      Dipesh Khadka (Research Project Associate)
      Disability Research Centre

    • Collaborating Partners

      na

    • Funding Agency

      UNDP

    • Outputs

    • Budget

      NPR 386,4000/-

    • Direct/Indirect Benefits

    • Remarks

      Duration : Dec 20, 2016-June 20, 2017

  • SoA: Building Stronger Universities II (BSU II)
    • Investigators

       Overall Coordinator – Sagar Raj Sharma
      Core members according to each theme:
       Theme 1: Liveable Urban Futures (WP1 ): Mahesh Banskota, Sagar Raj Sharma, Jytte Agergaard and Jens Seeberg
       Theme 2: Renewable Energy (WP2): Bim P. Shrestha, Torsten Rodel Berg, Uffe Jorgensen and Sosser Brodersen
       Theme 3: Research Support System Capacity Building (WP3): Mukunda Prasad Upadhyaya, Jyoti Pradhan, Chandeswor Shrestha and Christian Gregart

    • Collaborating Partners

       Danish Consortium consists of: Aarhus University, Aalborg University and University of Copenhagen

    • Funding Agency

       DANIDA / DFC

    • Outputs

      The expected outputs from BSU II are as follows:
       The long term ambition of the partnership is to upgrade KU to a university with strengthened capacity to carry out quality research and PhD education on major social, economic, and technical aspects of societal development in Nepal must be understood in a context of alignment with priorities in Nepal’s development agenda.
       A secretariat will be established and will be located at the School of Arts.
       Two reports that indicate state of the art in Nepal with respect to research within the two research themes will be produced.
       One baseline survey that highlights needs, problems and solutions with respect to university-wide research capacity, research policy and administrative research support systems will be done.
       At least 4 training activities will be carried out in Nepal in relation to the research themes.
       Few young researchers from the research groups will spend time in Denmark to build their research capacity.
       A bio-based research centre will be established at School of Engineering.
       Some members from all the themes will be visiting a Southern country to learn from its experiences in similar theme and develop South – South collaboration.
       An e-library system will be installed at KU, and an accounting manual will be developed and disseminated.
       Trainings on financial management and project management will be carried out for project administrative, administrative and few researchers.
       An end-of project workshop with the aim of evaluating progress and developing a roadmap for the next phase will be conducted.

    • Budget

       DKK 3,180,000 (For KU)
       DKK 2,120,000 (For Danish Consortium)

    • Direct/Indirect Benefits

      Direct benefits:
       BSU II will be a stepping stone to strengthen Kathmandu University’s (KU) capacity to carry out quality research and PhD education on major social, economic, and technical aspects of societal development in Nepal.
       BSU II will contribute in improving KU’s administrative research support service for smooth, transparent and efficient implementation.
       BSU II will provide opportunities for students, researchers and junior staff to build capacities in their respective fields.
      Indirect benefits:
       Gradual strengthening of the overall research capacity of the University.
       KU will build its capacity to conduct international research and increase its visibility as well as credibility.

    • Remarks

      NA

  • SoA: DISABILITY
    • Investigators

      Prof.Dr. Mahesh Banskota

    • Collaborating Partners

      na

    • Funding Agency

      UNICEF

    • Outputs

      Data coordination centre on disability
      Independent studies, training module, disability atlas
      Development and use of customized modules, courses

    • Budget

      Nrs.7186120

    • Direct/Indirect Benefits

      Capacity building
      Student/faculty research, training
      Research paper publication

    • Remarks

      na

  • SoA: Feminisation of Agricultural Transition and Rural Employment (FATE) (since February 2014)
    • Investigators

      •Senior Researchers
      Mahesh Banskota
      Sagar Raj Sharma
      •PhD Student at the Department of Development Studies, SOA
      Sony KC

    • Collaborating Partners

       Nepal Centre for Contemporary Research (NCCR)
       University of Bern

    • Funding Agency

      SNSF/SDC

    • Outputs

      PhD thesis
      Joint Publications

    • Budget

       NPR 20,86,700

    • Direct/Indirect Benefits

      Direct benefits:
      • PhD research at KU
      • Capacity building
      • Policy linkage

    • Remarks

      NA

  • SoA: Nepal on the move: Conflict, migration and stability (NEMO)
    • Investigators

       Mahesh Banskota
       Sagar Raj Sharma
       Uddhab Pyakurel

      PhD Students at KU (Department of Development Studies, SOA)
      Binayak Thapa
      Laxmi Dhungel

    • Collaborating Partners

       Aarhus University, University of Copenhagen, North-Eastern Hill University

    • Funding Agency

       DANIDA / DFC

    • Outputs

      Major activity Output
      Substudy on “Forced Migration and Rural Governance During and After the Armed Conflict in Nepal” New knowledge on forced rural to urban migration and its effect in the local level politics of rural Nepal. Knowledge on the relationship between migration and democracy-building in the context of post-conflict Nepal and recommendations to inform the policy process at local governance level.
      Substudy on “Gurkhas in Cross-fire: Military Migration and Its Political Implications in post-conflict Nepal” New knowledge on the impact of economic, social and cultural remittances at odds with the new leadership in Nepal. Knowledge of conflicting ethnic identities in the context of political and/or ethnic associations, organizations and civic rights.
      A PhD component addresses parallel issues among male and female Gurung youth in and around Pokhara.
      Substudy on “Migration among Religious and Ethnic Minorities and Their Participation in the Formation of New Nepal” New knowledge on the relationship between ethnic and religiously motivated migration and the development of inclusive democratic structures and processes. New knowledge on demographics of the growing population of Tibetan Buddhists in Kathmandu and their changing place in society as a visible religious minority in Nepal.
      Substudy on “The Returns of Educational Migration and its Impact on the Building of New Nepal” New knowledge on the relationship between education as a global mass phenomenon and processes of social and physical mobility; and processes of education and civic engagement from a transnational perspective.
      Substudy on “Movers, stayers and mobile citizenship in a New Nepal: Labour migration in far-eastern Nepal” New knowledge on how historically contingent socio-spatial differences impact on movers’ and stayers’ aspirations for political involvement in relation to citizenship and democracy-building.
      Substudy on “Nepalese Migrants in the Coal-Mines of India’s Northeast: Risk, Remittances and Return to Nepal” New knowledge on economic and social remittances among a particularly vulnerable category of Nepalese labour migrants, coal-mine workers, and on social, economic and political dimensions of the transnational networks in which these migrants engage – or not – in current political and civic processes within.
      Substudy on ’Migration to the Gulf Countries and the System of Migration Governance in Nepal’ New knowledge on migration to the Gulf Countries and exploration of the dynamic relationship between migration governance and Nepalese migrants’ experiences of labour
      migration
      Two Political in/output symposia 1) Input from a range of prominent political analysts to inform the research project at an early stage.
      2) Output from the research project in the form of dissemination and discussions of policy implications at a late stage of the project and publication of a book on this basis.
      Four Training workshops These four workshops will, at different stages of the project, serve to ensure coordination and coherence between the six sub-studies. Individually, they will result in:
      1) Training in research methodology and coordination of instruments and approaches across the sub-studies;
      2) Fine-tuning of fieldwork and development of analysis strategies; training in analysis software;
      3) Continued data analysis (full data set) and introduction of advanced uses of analysis software
      4) Training in academic writing (PhD students) and publication plan for scientific publication and policy-level dissemination.
      Research to policy workshop Dialogue with stakeholders and policy-makers in Nepal to present findings and discuss their implications.






    • Budget

       DKK 1,621,949

    • Direct/Indirect Benefits

      Direct benefits:
      • Two PhD research at KU
      • Capacity building of researchers involved
      • Policy linkage
      • Both senior researchers and PhD students introduced to the use of Nvivo for qualitative analysis and (in relevant sub-studies) SPSS for quantitative analysis.
      • Involved scholars (especially PhD students) benefit in terms of ensuring exposure to current international debates in migration studies and related fields.

    • Remarks

      NA

  • SoA: Promoting Inclusive Education in Nepal: Policy Research n Education for Children with Disabilities (PINE)
    • Investigators

      Prof. Dr. Mahesh Banskota
      Mr. Dipesh Khadka

    • Collaborating Partners

      NA

    • Funding Agency

      Australian Government

    • Outputs

      Study report, policy brief

    • Budget

      NPR 1,460,000.00

    • Direct/Indirect Benefits

      Capacity building, policy brief publication, initiation for further partnership.

    • Remarks