President Stig Enemark visits Nepal, the Survey Department, and the Land Management Training Centre, Ministry of Land Reform and Management

Kathmandu and Dhuklikhel, Nepal, 14-18 February 2009

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  Mt. Everest in the scenic Himalaya mountain range.

President Stig Enemark visited Nepal Survey Department and the Land Management Training Centre, Ministry of Land Reform and Management 14-18 February 2009.

The visit was hosted by Mr. Raja Ram Chhatkuli, Director General of the Survey Department and Mr. Babu Ram Acharya, Secretary of the Office of the Prime Minister. The visit included a general introduction to the activities of the Department and the overall approach and problems related to surveying and land management in Nepal following the recent change of status from a monarchy to federal republic.

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Mr. Raja Ram Chhatkuli, President Stig Enemark, and Mr. Babu Ram Acharya.

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Bahaktapur Durbar Square from the distant.
 

The visit also included a dinner function for key invited people where President Enemark gave a presentation on land management on support of sustainable development. Further, half a day will scheduled for visits at Ministry of Land Reform and Management for discussion with key people in charge of the of the current land reform process such as the High Level Land Reform Commission and the National Planning Commission. The meeting provided the opportunity to stress the important role of the surveying profession and institutions in the reform process.

The meetings in Kathmandu also included the opportunity to meet with Mr. Buddhi N Shrestha, President of the Nepal Institution of Chartered Surveyors who will now become a member of FIG.

The Land Management Training Centre (LMTC) is located in Dhuklikhel about 35 km East of Kathmandu. LMTC is organized under the Surveying Department and is offering a four year BSc program in cooperation with the nearby Kathmandu University. LMTC also offers a range of training programs and short term courses as well as CPD activities. During the visit President Enemark gave a presentation to lectures and students on Surveying Education and the need for interaction between Education, research and professional practice. The presentation was well received and encouraged a discussion around educational innovation and also the interaction between FIG and the academic members. LMTC is already an Academic member of FIG.

The visit at LMTC was hosted by Mr. Rabin K Sharma, Executive Director of LMCT. At the following visit to the neighbouring Kathmandu University President Enemark had the opportunity to meet with the Vice Chancellor Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma, and Dr. Bhola Thapa, Dean of the School of Engineering. Finally, the visit included the opportunity to visit the camp for training Surveying Department personnel located at a separate site 15 minutes drive from LMTC.

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Mr. Rabin K. Sharma, President Enemark, Dr. Mr. Suresh Raj Sharma; and Dr. Bhola Thapa.

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The camp for field training of the Surveying Department personnel.

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Dhuklikhel is located with a wide view of the Himalaya mountain range.

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The rural landscape showing deep slopes with terrace farming.

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The famous Swoyambhunath tower.

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Patan Durbar square, Kathmandu


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