Earthquake Safe Communities in Nepal

One Batch of Young Engineers & Architects graduate Online Training on Earthquake Resistant Building Design and Construction

One batch of young engineers and architects have completed a 5-Day online training course on "Basics of Earthquake Resistant Design and Construction of Buildings" held during 25-29 May 2020. The course was organized by Nepal Engineers’ Association (NEA) Bagmati Province, Professional Security and Capacity Building Committee with technical support from NSET.

Total 46 participants; 6 architects & 40 engineers, fresher to experienced less than 2 years, of which 13-female & 33-male participants joined this time. The participants were 17 from Kathmandu valley and 29 from outside the valley. The organizers had received 447 online registrations interested to join the course but only 46 could be accommodated this time. A team of 7 instructors from NSET facilitated the online training course.

At the Closing of the course, NEA President Prof. Dr. Tri Ratna Bajracharya Praised the training activity, focused on the activities of NEA during COVID19 pandemic and also mentioned about concept of NETRA (Nepal Engineering Training and Research Academy).

NSET Executive Director Mr. Surya Narayan Shrestha focused on disaster (specially earthquake) related awareness from every level of stakeholders. He mentioned, "NSET is committed to work further with all the level of NEA, either central or provincial. Online modality should be enhanced further as it is economical also compared to our usual trainings."

NEA General Secretary Mr. Chhabi Raj Pokhrel highlighted need of coordination among provincial governments, provincial level NEA and such organizations to engage in such activities. He briefed the progress of ENGINEERING STAFF COLLEGE and provision of budget by the government in this fiscal year again.

NEA President for Bagmati Province Mr. Nanda Banjade shared that the demography of participants selected, specially the female/male ratio and participants from outside the valley were given more priority. He shared that NEA Bagmati province has donated 17 COVID19 swap collection booth to different hospitals as well as provision of NEA Bagmati Innovation fund of 1 lakh rupees each for inventions/researches from COVID related 4 special sectors; Bio medical equipment, WASH, IT and Agri-engineering.

From the participants, Ms. Resha Bashyal remarked, “as a fresher learnt a lot and waiting for higher levels of trainings in future. Mr. Saurav Prasai shared that the training met the expectations and would be fruitful in the field as an engineer.

Earlier, Course Coordinator Mr. Rabin Chaulagain briefed the conduction of the training course. The pretest and post test scores are 61% to 81%. He also shared challenges faced during the online training and also made a note that participants should enhance their KNOWLEDGE and SKILL and at least their ATTITUDE, after the training.

The Closing session was chaired by Mr. Arjun Poudel, the Chair of Professional Security and Capacity Building Committee, NEA Bagmati Province. He thanked all the participants and instructors. Participants must use and practice their learnings in the relevant fields of their works.

The session was facilitated by Mr. Sharad Pandit, Joint Secretary, NEA Bagmati Province.

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