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Kathmandu, Nepal International Symposium on Lightning Protection, 1

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									Introduction
Lightning is the most dramatic and most common natural activity that occurs in the
atmosphere. Lightning strikes cause tremendous losses each year and pose threat to
property. It can cause severe damages to physical structures and can claim lives.
Transmission towers, communication towers, transmission lines and other tall physical
structures are more vulnerable to the lightning activities. Lightning ignites fires that may
bring an entire building or a house down to ashes. At a lower degree of damage, the
lightning current may destroy electrical, electronic and communication equipment
beyond repair. However one of the most significant loses that lightning may cause as far
as industries are concerned is the downtime. A couple of hours of standstill of normal
operation or a loss of some important data stored in a computer may cause a company an
economical loss of several millions. A country that is rapidly industrialising unavoidably
becomes vulnerable to lightning related hazards due to several reasons. The increasing
susceptibility of electrical equipment to electromagnetic impulses, the wide spread usage
of electrical and electronic appliances, the modification of the atmosphere due to high
rising buildings and artificial activities can be given as few reasons. Therefore it is the
high time to launch a national level programme in the developing countries to educate the
engineering, technical, scientific and civil communities in the subject of lightning safety
and protection. To deliberate on these issues, the Centre for Science & Technology of the
Non-Aligned and Other Developing Countries (NAM S&T Centre) jointly with the
Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Government of Nepal and Nepal Academy
of Science and Technology (NAST), Kathmandu, Nepal announces the organisation of a
3-day International Symposium on Lightning Protection at Kathmandu, Nepal during 12–
14 October 2011. The programme aims to educate the engineering and scientific
community on the need for lightning protection and safety, proper ways of lightning
protection and maintenance and the current international issues and trends with regard to
lightning protection, safety and Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) with the objectives
to minimise the death toll and other lightning hazards to the human beings and live stock,
to reduce the lightning damages to properties, industries and other services such as power
and communication and addressing basic issues of EMC
Objectives of the Symposium
   1. To educate the engineers and technocrats so that they will understand the basic
      concepts of lightning phenomenon, the lightning threats in their fields of work,
      safety measures that should be taken to minimise lightning hazards, essentials of
      lightning protection, selection of protective equipment and the finer points of
      implementing, testing and maintaining a proper lightning protection system.
   2. To encourage research scientists in investigating the sub-tropical lightning
      characteristics and lightning occurrence densities at localised areas so that the
      implementation of new industries and expansion of power grids will be done
      avoiding hot spots.
   3. To promote the awareness of lightning threats and their impact on the operation
      and reliability of service among the administration at decision making level.
   4. To bring the engineers, scientists and other professionals engaged in research and
      consultation on lightning protection into a common forum that they will share
      their views and experience for the betterment of the nation.
   5. To convey the message to the policy makers and other related authorities on
      lightning protection and safety issues.
   6. To initiate a study group or research centre in Kathmandu for conducting research
      in all areas such as lightning protection and safety, lightning injuries, insulation
      coordination, development of lightning protective devices, etc.
   7. To convey the message to the policy makers, environmentalists and other
      concerned organisations that climate change can be monitored with the help of
      lightning activities.
Programme of the Symposium
A tentative programme of the Symposium is given below:

      Tuesday, 11/10/2011          Arrival of Delegates
      Wednesday, 12/10/2011        Inauguration, Presentation of Papers in Technical
                                   Sessions
      Thursday, 13/10/2011         Presentation of Papers in Technical Sessions
      Friday, 14/10/2011           Presentation of Papers in Technical Sessions,
                                   Concluding Session.
      Saturday, 15/10/2011         Departure of Delegates
About the Organisers
NAM S&T Centre
The Centre for Science and Technology of the Non-Aligned and Other Developing
Countries (NAM S&T Centre; www.namstct.org) is an inter-governmental organisation
with a membership of 45 countries spread over Asia, Africa, Middle East and Latin
America. The Centre was set up in 1989 in New Delhi, India in pursuance of
recommendations of various NAM Summit meetings for the promotion of South-South
cooperation in science and technology. The Centre undertakes a variety of programmes,
including organisation of workshops, symposiums, meetings and training courses and
implementation of collaborative projects. It also offers short-term research fellowships to
scientists from developing countries in association with various Centres of Excellence.
The Centre also produces technical books and other scientific publications in different
subjects. These activities provide opportunity for scientist–to–scientist contact and
interaction; familiarising participants on the latest developments and techniques in the
subject areas; identification of the requirements of training and expert assistance; locating
technologies for transfer between the members and other developing countries,
dissemination of S&T information etc. In addition to the above, the Centre encourages
academic-research-industry interaction in the developing countries through its NAM
S&T-Industry Network.
Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Government of Nepal
The Government of Nepal instituted the Ministry of Science and Technology on 15 April,
1996 to make coordination amongst all the bodies to perform the functions relating to
Science and Technology (S&T) in the process of national development and to accelerate
the activities thereto by creating conducive environment for the proper development of
S&T. The Ministry has formulated S&T policy along with sectoral policies on other
emerging fields, such as IT, Biotechnology and Nuclear policy and their implementation.
The Ministry is working on new technology along with promoting traditional indigenous
knowledge through public private partnership model as well as implementing R&D
program in the field of science and technology. The Ministry has active role in
coordinating national and international scientific organizations for networking and S&T
development.
Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), Kathmandu, Nepal
Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) is an autonomous apex body
established in 1982 to promote science and technology in the country. The main
objectives of the Academy shall be to develop and facilitate to promote science and
technology for the overall development of the country, conserve and modernize local
technologies or facilitate to do so, conduct or facilitate to conduct research in science and
technology, identify foreign technologies appropriate for the country and facilitate to
transfer such technologies.
Participants
The Symposium programme has been primarily designed for specialists and professionals
from the government departments, academic and research institutions and the private
sectors in developing countries with relevant background and active involvement in the
subjects related to Lightning Protection.
The selection of the participants will be strictly based on merit and relevance of their
current responsibilities to the subject of the Symposium as well as the quality of the
extended abstract of the presentation to be submitted along with the completed
nomination form. A pre-condition for participation in the Symposium is that the
participants must submit the final manuscript of their presentation, in MS-Word format,
at least a fortnight before the commencement of the programme.
Venue
The Symposium will be held in Kathmandu, Nepal. The exact venue will be informed in
due course.
Resource Persons
Resource persons for the Symposium will comprise eminent experts from Nepal and
other countries.
Submission of Application
Scientists and professionals desirous of participating in the Symposium, excepting those
from Nepal, are required to submit their Nomination Forms directly to the NAM S&T
Centre as early as possible, but latest by Friday, 9th September 2011. The form should
be completed in all respects and no column should be left blank.
The submitted application should contain an extended abstract of the paper to be
presented at the Symposium.
Presentation of Papers
Each participant will be required to present a country status report and / or a research /
scientific paper on any of the themes appropriate to the Symposium.
Publication of Proceedings of the Symposium
A publication edited by one or more international experts and based on the papers
presented by the participants during the Symposium and also containing papers
contributed by eminent experts in the field will be brought out in the form of a book as a
follow up of the deliberations of the programme. Therefore all participants are required to
submit the manuscripts of their full country reports / scientific or research papers in MS-
word format well in advance, but at least 15 days before the commencement of the
workshop programme (i.e. before 27th September 2011).
Local Hospitality and Travel
The hosts MOST and NAST, Nepal will provide free local hospitality, including
accommodation and meals, to all the foreign participants and invited resource persons
from 11th October (Noon) to 15th October 2011 (Noon), i.e. commencing from one day
before the Symposium and for an additional day after its conclusion. The foreign
participants and invited resource persons will have to make their own arrangement of stay
beyond these days and therefore they should arrange their flight schedules accordingly.
Free transport will also be provided to the participants for their travel from/to the airport
to/from the place of their stay and for visits in connection with the Symposium
programme.
Financial Arrangements for Travel
This is being conveyed separately to each member country of the NAM S&T Centre and
other developing countries.
Entry Formalities, Immigration and Health:
The Symposium Participants must be in possession of a current passport or any other
internationally recognised travel document. These must have a period of validity of at
least six months beyond the time of stay allowed in Nepal and must be endorsed for
travelling to Nepal.
Participants should have a valid visa for entry into Nepal. The diplomatic mission of
Nepal located in the country of participants should be approached for obtaining an entry
visa. If required, the organisers will facilitate the issuance of visa by providing the
participants with an official letter of invitation. For countries that do not have a Nepalese
mission, the participants may submit their passport details for assistance in the issuance
of visa to these e-mail addresses: ramhome2@hotmail.com, shah_planning@yahoo.com,
planningnast@nast.org.np, bishwo006@yahoo.com, bish_babu@hotmail.com.
Other useful Information:
Climate: Autumn season ranges between 15-25 Degree Celsius (59-75 Degree
Fahrenheit) with occasional short bursts of rain.
Voltage: 220-240; 50 Hz
International dial code: +977
Nepalese Standard Time is +5:45 hour ahead of GMT
The Nepalese Currency is Nepalese rupee (NPR); the current exchange rate of US$1 is
approximately ~72 NPR.
Note:
       The governments / institutions of all the participants will be required to bear the
        following costs:
        -   All expenses in the home country incidental to travel abroad, including
            expenditure for passports, required medical examinations, vaccinations and
            miscellaneous expenses such as internal travel to the airport of departure in the
            home country.
        -   Salary and other related allowances for the participants during the period of the
            Symposium.
        -   Cost of medical insurance to cover the period of participation in the Symposium.
       The organisers will not assume responsibility for the following expenditure in
        connection with the participant’s attendance in the symposium:
        -   Expenses incurred with respect to any insurance, medical bills or hospitalisation
            fees.
-       Compensation in the event of death, disability or illness of participants.
        -   Loss of personal belongings or compensation for damage caused to them by
            climatic or other conditions.
-       Other costs, including airport tax and excess baggage.
                                      Contact Details

NAM S&T CENTRE
Prof. Arun P. Kulshreshtha,
Director,
Centre for Science & Technology of the Non-Aligned and other Developing Countries
(NAM S&T Centre),
Zone-6A, 2ndFloor, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road,
New Delhi – 110003, INDIA
Tel: +91-11-24645134, 24644974; Fax: +91-11-24644973
E-mail: namstct@gmail.com, namstct@bol.net.in, apknam@gmail.com
Website: www.namstct.org
Mr. M. Bandyopadhyay,
Senior Expert & Administrative Officer
Address, Tel. and E-mail: (O) as above.

FOR NEPALESE PARTICIPANTS
MINISTRY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (MOST),
GOVERNMENT OF NEPAL
Mr. Bishwo Babu Pudasaini,
Senior Divisional Chemist,
Technology Promotion Section Chief,
Ministry of Science and Technology,
Singha Durbar,
Kathmandu, NEPAL
Tel: +977-1-4211901; Cell: +977-9841440568; Fax : +977-1-4211754
Email: bishwo006@yahoo.com, bish_babu@hotmail.com
NEPAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (NAST)
Mr. Shekhar Shah,
Special Class Officer,
Chief, Planning and Evaluation Division,
Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST),
PO Box No. 3323, Khumaltar, Lalitpur,
Kathmandu, NEPAL
Tel: +977-1-5522619
Email: shah_planning@yahoo.com, planningnast@nast.org.np
Dr. Shriram Sharma,
Department of Physics,
Amrit Science College /REHDON College,
Samakhushi Kathamndu, NEPAL
Cell: +977- 9841711142
Email: ramhome2@hotmail.com
In order to avoid confusion, the interested professionals from countries other than NEPAL may
in the first instance please correspond only with the NAM S&T Centre and not with MOST or
NAST. All these applications will be initially processed by the NAM S&T Centre.
However, the Nepalese applicants should send their forms only to MOST and NAST, Kathmandu,
Nepal.
             CENTRE FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY OF THE
            NON-ALIGNED AND OTHER DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

                      INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON
                          LIGHTNING PROTECTION
                                       Kathmandu, Nepal,
                                       12–14 October 2011


NOMINATION FORM
                                                                                                            Please affix
PLEASE TYPE OR USE BLOCK CAPITALS;                                                                          your
NO COLUMN SHOULD BE LEFT BLANK)
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SECTION –A                                                                                                  photograph
(To be filled in by the nominee)

1      Name (Prof/Dr/Mr/Mrs/Ms): ............................................................................
       (As in Passport)
       (Please attach copies of the relevant pages of your Passport)

2.     Father’s/Spouse Name: ……………………………………

3      Designation (Position held): ……………………………………………

4.     Nationality: ........................................................................................

5      Date of Birth: …………. Place of Birth (City) ……….….. (Country)………

6      Passport No: ....................Place of issue: ........................................

       Date of Issue: ............................... Valid up to: .....................................

7      Name of the Parent Institution (Employer):

       Full Address (Office): ............................................………………………

       ................................................................................................................

       Phone: ........…................................. Mobile: .........................................

       Fax: ............................................…. E-mail: ............................................

8      Full Address (Home): ..........................................................................................


       ...............................................................................................................................
          Phone: ........…................................. Mobile: ........................................................

          Fax: ............................................…. E-mail: ..........................................................

9         Educational Qualifications: Highest Degree. ..............................................

          Year of Award: ...................... University: ..........................................................

          Field of Study: ...................................................................................................

10        Brief Bio data: ……………………………………………………………………
          (To be attached on separate sheet)

11        What in your opinion qualifies you for the participation in this Symposium?
          (To be attached on separate sheet)

12        Brief (1-2 pages) Resume of your paper proposed to be presented in the
          Symposium.
          (To be attached on separate sheet)

          Date: .............................. Signature: .............................................................….

SECTION -B

ENDORSEMENT BY NOMINATING AUTHORITY

(The Applicant in a member country of the NAM S&T Centre may get the following
endorsement signed by the Focal Point of the Centre in his/her country, if he/she wishes to take
advantages accrued to the official nominee of the country. For the list of member countries and
names/addresses of the Focal Points please visit Centre’s website www.namstct.org)

Signature: ...............…...............................................................

Name (in full): ...........................................................................

Designation: .......................…....................................................

Date: ....................….......................………….............................

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