Astronomy Outreach in Nepal

Speaker: Suresh Bhattarai


Friday, 23 November, 2012 - 18:00


Physics Lecture Theatre, Old Main Building, UNSW Kensington Campus (near Gate 14, Barker St)


School of Physics

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Physics, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Cosmology & Space Science Education, Outreach Activities and their impacts in Nepal.

Nepal is one of the member states of United Nation (UN) and listed as one of the least developed countries. Nepal’s first formal school was established in 1854 A.D. for children of Rana Family, ruling family of that time, which was opened for public only in 1886 A.D.Tri-Chandra College, first college, was established in 1918 A.D. which laid the foundation for the establishment of Tribhuvan University (TU) in 1959 A.D. Nepal has now 6 universities among which only two, TU and Kathmandu University (KU) offer Physics in their programme for Graduate, Post Graduate and Ph.D. level.

This talk will highlight the development of physics education in Nepal for last 47 years. It will also discuss on increasing trend of students for last couple of years in Nepal. The research work of Research Group of Astrophysics and Cosmology Nepal will be highlighted.

Outreach activities of Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), an autonomous apex body established in 1982 to promote S & T,  B.P. Koirala Memorial Planetarium, Observatory and Science Museum Development Board, established in 1992 by the GON in order to establish Planetaria, Observatories and Science Museums in Nepal, are highlighted.

Activities of Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) other existing clubs at local/national levels along with their impacts in the societies are discussed in details. The problems encountered by the above mentioned organizations while executing outreach activities will are discussed in brief.


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