Nepali engineer bags prestigious Japanese award


Himalayan News Service

Nepali civil engineer Bindu Shamsher Rana has bagged the Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE) International Award FY 2010 for his contribution in the field of road and bridge management and disaster risk reduction in Nepal by adopting the Japanese civil engineering technology and his efforts to make it popular in the neighbouring countries. Affiliated with the Department of Roads under the Ministry of Physcial Planning and Works, Rana is working as the project manager of the Banepa-Sindhuli-Bardibas Road Project supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) since 1996.

Releasing a press statement here in Kathmandu on Tuesday, JICA informed that the award was conferred on Rana on May 27, 2011 at a special ceremony in Japan by the President of  JSCE, Dr. Eng. Kenji Sakata. Rana is the first Nepali and the 15th foreigner to be decorated with the honour since its inception in 1920. The JSCE International award is bestowed to an overseas civil engineer in recognition and appreciation of his/her professional services contributing to the advancement of Japanese civil engineering disciplines.

“Mr. Rana successfully tackled various obstacles in a wise and timely manner. This project could not have progressed forward without his notable efforts. It gives us great pleasure to extend our congratulations to him,” said Take Toru, Senior Representative of JICA Nepal Office.

“The JSCE International award is a very prestigious award and a milestone for any civil engineer. I am proud to be the first Nepali national to receive this award. I truly feel honored, and at the same time it encourages me to work harder,” the statement quoted Rana as saying.

The project, also known as Sindhuli Road Project, was developed as an alternative link road to mid and eastern Tarai with the Capital Valley.

It will reduce the journey time by four hours and will stimulate the economic and social activities in Kavre, Ramechhap, and Sindhuli.

(Source: The Himalayantimes)