July 22, 2008

“Engineers’ Day in Japan”

The Day, Shrawan 3 (Nepali calendar) is celebrated as the Engineers' Day in Nepal, and outside where NEA chapters/centers are active. Nepal Engineers' Association(NEA) was established on this day in 2024 BS(1968 AD). We started to celebrate it in Japan too from this year.

For this occasion, a talk program was organized in Kyoto University by Nepal Engineers’ Association-Japan Center on the 20th of July, Sunday. Due to busy schedules of our members, we couldn’t manage it on the Engineers’ Day itself which fell on the 18th of July. But the program was very lively and interesting. Five presentations covering different subjects were made.

I want to thank the organizing committee for their dedicated efforts.

Let me share some photographs from the event.

Dr. Taranidhi Lohani is making a presentation on the role of NEA in disaster mitigation in Nepal. The conclusion of the presentation and discussion afterwards was that NEA is not doing enough in this regard despite its long history and vast human resources which it can utilize. Many suggestions were collected from the participants too. They will be summarized and sent to NEA head office.

Dr. Rabindra Raj Giri is making a presentation on the removal of personal care products components from water. Although it was a lot of chemistry, Dr. Giri's explanation in simple terms made it interesting for all of us. Though the method and the equipments he used in this research can be useful in Nepal too, he said it was too expensive for Nepal to afford.

Er. Ripendra Awal with his presentation on the management of landslide lakes. He summarized the Japanese and Chinese experiences with elaborate discussion on Tangjiashan landslide lake cereated by the recent earthquake in China and suggested that we too have probability for such disasters and should learn from their experiences.

Mr. Gobinda Rijal with his presentation about the recent trends in genetic engineering with the focus on its uses in agriculture. He is an agriculture scientist. It was really very interesting to know about the history, present status and future possibilities of the genetic engineering.

Architect Lata Shakya with her presentation on using the traditional public structures of Buddhist Newari community as the care center for senior citizens. she also discussed the possibility of integrating senior citizens from cultures other than Buddhist Newari too into such facilities.

A big "Thank you!" to all the participants.

Participants at the program hall.

Near the main entrance of Kyoto University.

Walk along the banks of a river, towards a Nepali Restaurant for dinner.

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