On Monday 2nd September 2019, Khwopa Engineering College and Khwopa college of Engineering jointly organized an interaction program on Heritage conservation in the glorious presence of Ar. Rajani Shrestha Joshi, Deputy mayor of Bhaktapur municipality as well as Vice Chairperson of College Management Committee. Associate professor Zhuge Jing and Assistant Professor Sijie Ren accompanied by eight undergraduate students and three graduate students from the school of Architecture, South East University, Nanjing China were invited as guests in the program. They were in Nepal for their field visit as the part of their summer school program related to heritage conservation and both of the colleges were associated with this team in this study.
Deputy Mayor Ar. Rajani Shrestha Joshi highlighted the progressive nature of local people and local government of Bhaktapur to retain its vibrancy and cultural ambience. Chinese delegates from South East University were felicitated by Er. Sujan Maka, Principal of Khwopa Engineering College. The principal of Khwopa College of Engineering, Er. Sunil Duwal expressed his vote of thanks to all the presenters, guests and participants of the program.
Ar. Libash Phaiju, Head of Postgraduate in Urban Design and Conservation shed light in the objective of the interaction program. Ar. Rijina Bajracharya, Head of architecture Department, Khwopa Engineering College welcomed all the participants in an interaction program.
Associate Professor Zhuge Jing delivered her presentation on “ Historical Preservation of Cultural Heritage in China: Three cases” where she put shed on the importance of local government as one of the major stakeholders and narrator of cultural heritage of any cities to carry out the preservation works.
Ar. Rabina Shilpakar, a representative from technical committee of college gave her insights on the “Condition Assessment of Bhairav Nath temple at Taumadhi, Bhaktapur”. She mainly discussed the damages occurred in temple after 2015 Gorkha Earthquake and also the restoration works being carried out so far.
The 4th year (8th semester) students of Architecture Department shared their knowledge and outcomes of Conservation studio on the” Study of the urban block of Bhaktapur within Swanmala Galli, Icchu Galli, Batal Galli and Taumadhi”.
The interaction program concluded with focussing on mutual understanding and exchange of knowledge between two institutions to uplift the field of conservation.