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ISCEN-2018: Discussion on Country’s Technological Development


Kathmandu, January 29, 2018: Society of Mechanical Engineering Students (SOMES)  has successfully conducted the ‘First International Symposium on Control, Energy and Nano-Engineering (ISCEN-2018)’on January 27, 2018 in the premises of Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), Khumaltar, Lalitpur.

The symposium was organized as a pre-event of ‘8th National Mechanical Engineering Exhibition’ which is scheduled to be held from February 2 to February 4. With the motto ‘Mechanical Engineering: Engine for Nation’s Development’, this symposium provided a platform for rigorous discussion on recent development and new trends in various technical fields.

80 students from science and engineering background participated in the discussion. Prof. Dr. Gokarna Bahadur Motra, the Campus Chief of IOE and Mr. Rishi Shah were the Chief Guest and the Chairman of the program respectively. Scholars from different fields enacted out as speakers for the event.

The event commenced with Prof. Dr. Rameshwar Adhikari’s brief explanation on the recent developments in nanotechnology and how broad intensive research is required in the sector to develop Nepal technologically. Similarly, Dr. Mahabir Pun from National Innovative Center heartily welcomed the students from all over Nepal so as to work on research-oriented technology.

Dr. Rabindra Dhakal from NAST presented on bio-energy and talked about how plastic waste management was possible by making use of plasto-fuels and bio-char (This technique is currently being tested in Nepal under the leadership of NAST). Likewise, Dr. Shree Raj Shakya promulgated the idea of Renewable Energy Technology (RET) and clearly mentioned how RET could increase the GDP of the nation while solving the problem of energy crisis.

Choon Dong Lee from Korea gave the participants some valuable insights on how technological development has taken a rapid pace in South Korea and how Nepal can also follow South Korea’s plans and policies to walk ahead in the path of technological development. Choon Dong Lee’s presentation was followed by  Japan’s Ippei Keshiwagi’s. He explained the important role of mechanical engineers in tablet and laptops manufacturing.

Purak Adhikari, SOMES Exhibition Co-ordinator, indicated “The event successfully managed to boost the confidence of the participants who are going to showcase their intellect and skills in the upcoming exhibition. The ticket price of the symposium was minimal so that maximum interested students could show their participation and hopefully our participants learned a lot from both national and international speakers.”

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By: Mahima Poddar