HKC - 2020
SIXTH GRADUATE CONFERENCE 2020
Welcome to the 6th Graduate Conference!
Himalayan Knowledge Conclave 2020, the 6th Graduate Conference on Environment and Sustainable Development, with the theme Sustainability Through Technology and Innovations, is being held on 5th and 6th August in collaboration with Government of Nepal Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, TU-IOST-CDES, Resource Himalaya, ISET- Nepal, Kathmandu University, Mid-Western University and Agriculture and Forestry University.
The conference commences on August 5 with the registration process starting at 8 AM, officially proceeding with the opening session from 9 AM with respective guests from different universities and institutions.
Moving on to the programs, the Technical Sessions will commence with three parallel sessions on different themes chaired by international scholars and co-chaired by national scholars. Young researchers who have recently completed their Phd will be lead presenters. The sessions will consist of a total of 50 poster presentations and 55 oral presentations by Bachelors and Masters scholars and participants from all seven provinces of Nepal.
Technical Session I proceeds from 12-2 PM on the themes i) Biodiversity Conservation, ii) Pollution and Control Measures and iii) Climate Change. Technical Session II will proceed from 3-5 PM on the themes i) Agriculture and Livestock, ii) Water and Wetlands, and iii) Sociology and Humanities.
The second day of the conference on August 6 commences with the Technical Session III from 8:30-10:30 AM under the themes i) Biodiversity Conservation/Forestry, ii) Pollution and control measure/STEM, and iii) Climate Change/Sociology and Humanities/Medical and Health Science. Technical Session IV consists of the themes i) Agriculture and Livestock, ii) Energy/Indigenous Knowledge and Technologies, and iii) Environment.
Following the completion of a total of 12 Technical Sessions, a Panel Discussion on the theme COVID-19: Lesson for Future will proceed form 2:45-4:15 PM and the program will end with a concluding session from 4:30-5:30 PM.
Nepali society needs visionary and creative thinkers to understand the changing social, political, cultural and economic climate. Research on these areas is essential and must be supported by quality research that young researchers conduct. Achieving high-quality research in Nepal is especially challenging given the research environment of the country. Terrain related to science, development, climate, and policy is still fragmented. The research trend does not promote critical thinking and the investments in research are limited as well. Findings are usually poorly documented and not shared among researchers even if they exist. The outputs are rarely communicated to the wider public in a language that they can understand.
Young graduates can play a significant role in carrying out research, sharing results among their peers and other groups within society for betterment. Graduates from Nepali universities need to engage with each other and wider society in order to promote economic development, social welfare and environmental stewardship. However, they lack skills to carry out quality research and get little input from research organizations that pioneer in these issues. Due to this challenge, the findings do not generate new knowledge that will be instrumental to address policy issues and challenges. This will lead to low-quality input of produced graduates to the think tanks. In both cases, society loses.
Improving the quality of education is not only the responsibility of educational institutions, but the role played by other stakeholders is equally important. It requires a partnership among these stakeholders to improve the quality of research in the country. For this reason, the Central Department of Environment Science – TU, Resources Himalaya Foundation, and ISET-Nepal formed a consortium in 2015 to help build an ecosystem capable of carrying out high-quality research. For this, the consortium agreed to annually hold Graduate Conference of the universities in Nepal known as Himalayan Knowledge Conclave (HKC). The conference is held in the first week of April every year.
The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Government of Nepal (GoN-MoEST) has generously patronized and supported the initiatives since 2018.
To build an interdisciplinary knowledge-sharing platform for young researchers, with a particular focus on environment, resource conservation, management, economic and social development and innovations and technologies.