Nepali society needs visionary and creative thinkers to understand the changing social, political, cultural and economic climate. In particular, young graduates can play a significant role in sharing their ideas among their peers and other groups within society. Graduates from Nepali universities need to engage with each other and wider society to promote economic development, social welfare and environmental stewardship.
In 2015, Tribhuvan University Institute of Science and Technology – Central Department of Environmental Science (TU-CDES), Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-Nepal (ISET-Nepal) and Resources Himalaya Foundation (RHF) came together to create the yearly Graduate Conference on Environment and Sustainable Development (GCESD) known as Himalayan Knowledge Conclave (HKC). Recently, Kathmandu University (KU) and School of Environmental Science and Management (SchEMS), an affiliate of Pokhara University (PU) joined the mission.
The Government of Nepal Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (GoN-MoEST) has generously patronized and supported the initiatives.
The conference brings together graduates to present their research and review each other’s work. The conference aspires to develop leadership and public speaking skills of participating graduates by involving them in conference processes. The conference also provides an opportunity for networking among peers and experts. The conference is held on the first week of April every year since its inception in 2015.
To establish an interdisciplinary knowledge-sharing platform for young researchers, with a particular focus on environment, resource conservation, management, economic development and natural science.
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