6th SONEUK Conference

London, 10th July 2021

The Society of Nepalese Engineers in UK (SONEUK) organised 6th SONEUK Conference on  “Engineering Challenges and Opportunities: Post COVID-19” on Saturday, 10th July 2021, virtually on ZOOM. The  conference was inaugurated by His Excellency Nepalese Ambassador to the UK Mr Lokdarshan Regmi with his warm  wishes. The conference was attended by more than 70 Nepalese engineers living in the UK and abroad (Nepal, USA,  France, and Uzbekistan), and a few non-Nepali engineers and representatives from engineering professional bodies,  including Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) UK, and Engineers Australia (EA) UK Chapter.  



The inaugural session was conducted by the General Secretary of SONEUK, Dr Bidur Ghimire. In the program, conference  proceedings book was also unveiled by HE Ambassador Mr Lok Darshan Regmi. The publication contains eight technical  papers, most of which are focussed on impact of the Coronavirus pandemic in engineering, construction, sustainable  development, and workplace environment. In his inaugural speech, HE Ambassador of Nepal expressed his confidence  that the conferences like this will play an effective role in the delivery of ‘Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali’ and  committed to cooperate in such events at embassy when situation eases in future. Giving her best wishes Ms Poonam  Gurung, President of NRNA, UK praised recent SONEUK’s contribution and valuable support in fighting against COVID 19 in Nepal and she also pointed out NRNA UK’s desire to work collaboratively with SONEUK in coming days. Special  guest Ms Nicola Telcik, President of EA UK Chapter congratulated SONEUK in organising such a timely themed  conference and indicated her willingness to collaborate with SONEUK. President of American Society of Nepalese  Engineers (ASNEngr), Mr Thakur Dhakal wished for the success of the conference and mentioned to work with SONEUK  in similar and professional activities in coming years.  



Introducing the conference theme and outlining the technical sessions, Vice Chairperson of SONEUK and Coordinator  of the Conference Committee Mr Narad Bhandari highlighted that this year’s conference was focused on COVID-19  pandemic, and also is the continuation of past SONEUK conferences organised annually to promote professional  engineering development by exchanging ideas and sharing experiences from professional engineers and academics  around the globe. He further emphasised how engineers from around the world acted quickly and decisively in the face  of a sudden increase in the demand of PPE, ventilators, oxygen concentrators and other high-tech solutions, as well as  served an integral role in building new hospitals or expanding the capacities of existing hospitals where necessary in  fighting against this invisible enemy – Coronavirus. Mr Bhandari expressed his gratitude to all the authors and presenters  for their valuable contributions to this conference.  



The technical session of the conference was divided into two, conducted by conference coordinator Mr Narad Bhandari and facilitated by SONEUK General Secretary Dr Bidur Ghimire and Secretary Dr Roshan Bhattarai. The technical session  1 was chaired by Prof Keshav Dahal from the University of the West of Scotland, whereas technical session 2 by Professor Hom Nath Dhakal from the University of Portsmouth. In the technical sessions, 8 technical papers, 3 keynote and 3 guest  

speeches were presented by the presenters in their chosen topics. Professor Vishnu Pandey, from Institute of  Engineering, TU, Mr Allen Tuladhar, The Secured ID and Mr Pawan Karki, a Senior Transport Specialist were the keynote  speakers during the sessions. 

In his closing remarks, the Chairperson of SONEUK Mr Sanyukta Shrestha thanked Chief guest, guests, SONEUK  committee members, conference committee, sponsors, media representatives and general members and participants  for making the conference successful. He further emphasised that engineering support for Nepal is not just our objective  but also one of the necessities for Nepal, which defines the relevance of our overall existence.