Visit from Kathmandu University and Government, Nepal to Chair of Land Management and Land Tenure, TUM
Delegates from Kathmandu University, Nepal and Department of Urban Development and Building Construction, Government of Nepal visit the Chair of Land Management and Land Tenure, TUM
On 28 June 2017, the Associate Dean of School of Engineering (SOE) of Kathmandu University (KU), Nepal, Prof. Dr. Ramesh Kumar Maskey and Deputy Director General of the Department of Urban Development and Building Construction, Government of Nepal, Ms. Sarita Shrestha Maskey visited the Chair of Land Management and Land Tenure at Technical University Munich (TUM). The head of the Chair of Land Management and Land Tenure, Prof. Dr. Ir. Walter de Vries, and the Coordinator of Master's Programme Land Management and Land Tenure, Dr. Arch. Pamela Durán Días welcomed the delegates.
The meeting was focused on the possibilities of collaboration between Kathmandu University and Technical University Munich. As both Universities have similar Master's programme, the discussion was about flourishing the academia in the relevant disciplines. Prof. de Vries and Prof. Maskey agreed on exploring possible collaboration between two universities through different aspects, which could be:
- Joint educational, training and research activities.
- Exchange of invitations to scholars (faculty, research staff and graduate students) for lectures, visits and sharing of experiences.
- Workshops, conferences, symposia and seminars.
- Exchange of information in fields of interest to both parties.
- Exchange of faculty, research staff, graduate and undergraduate students for study and research.
- Practical training in pre-identified or selected field site.
Dr. Duran presented the proposal about designing the "Cremation Park in Kathmandu", developed by the Chair of Land Management and MSc. Scholar, Er. Sharad Chandra Mainali. The proposal intends to expand and design the cremation site in Gokarna, Kathmandu through a sustainable development approach to land and water management, along with the preservation of the cultural features and intangible assets of the site. The first step for a collaboration would be carrying out a joint workshop in order to design the park "Life and Death", which would offer not only the cremation purpose but also introduce the space for recreational purpose which fuses the dark aspects (pain and misery) and the bright aspect (joy) of life. Ms. Sarita Shrestha Maskey added the possibility of developing Cultural Corridor along the Bagmati River, between Pashupatinath Temple and Gokarna.
Along with, the possible intervention of the Department of Urban Development and Building Construction, one of the important stakeholder, in different steps of project was argued. Er. Mainali focused on the study on land use and land cover systems, as a new research field. The Chair of Land Management, TUM and the Associate Dean, SOE, KU expressed their interest over the project theme and agreed on proceeding forward - as an initial step towards collaboration.
The meeting was arranged by the Coordinator of the Master's Programme Land Management and Land Tenure, Dr. Pamela Durán Días and M.Sc. Scholars Er. Sharad Chandra Mainali and Er. Harisharan Nepal.
By Sharad Chandra Mainali (MSc LMLT student)