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Erasmus + CBHE

ELNAB– Promoting Energy Efficient Lighting Education in Nepal and Bhutan



ELNAB is a higher education capacity building project to support Nepali and Bhutani Higher Education institutions to provide education that promotes sustainable socio-economic development. The project aims to introduce Energy Efficient Lighting as a routine element of Engineering education in Nepal and Bhutan through pedagogical reinforcement of teaching staffs, improvement of courses, and improvement of teaching infrastracture. The project partner are universities from Finland, France, Greece, Nepal and Bhutan.

The project is co-fundeded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. Aalto University, Lighting Unit is the project Co-ordinator. The project Duration is October 2016 – October 2018.

ELNAB project introductory brochure can be downloaded here.

Project News


Advisory Commeettee (AC) meeting of the project was held in Athens, Greece on 26th of April to Monitor the project progress and discuss on the project activities, outputs, and future planning.

A day before the AC meeting, a workshop was held to discuss and decide on the courses to be developed in the project. The workshop also made a draft of the lecture modules to be developing in upcoming months. AC meeting and Workshop was followed by Lighting Lab Workshop for Nepali and Bhutani partners.


Second awareness raising seminar of the project was organized in Thimpu, Bhutan on March 10, 2017.The seminar was organized by Jigme Namgyel Engineering College (JNEC), Royal University of Bhutan (RUB). Therty two people representating educational institutions, lighting industry, government agencies working in energy sector, and local media attended the seminar.

The Bhutanese national telvision BBS covered the event in its main news.

BBS Radio Bhutan also broadcasted a 22 minute program in local language about the project.

Similarly, weekly local newspaper 'The Bhutanese' published the news of the event as well as about the project.....Continue reading


Jigme Namgyel Engineering College, Royal University of Bhutan, will organize Awareness Raising Seminar in Thimpu (programme),Bhutan on 10th March 2017. The seminar is aimed at understanding the policy, perception and usage of energy efficient lighting system in Bhutan and to create awareness on the usage of energy efficient lighting among the major stakeholders in Bhutan. More info.


Awareness seminar was organized in Nepal on January 6, 2017 (programme) with the key representatives of higher education in efficient lighting in Nepal as well as with representatives of companies, government agencies, and organizations working in lighting and energy field...Continue reading


Kick off meeting of the project was held in Lalitpur, Nepal on 5th January 2017. Altogether 14 representatives of the partner institutions participated the meeting. The main activity in the meeting were the presentations on research and education at each institution, presentation on overview of the project, briefing on project management and organisation , briefing on financial management and reporting, and discussions on the implementation of the project activities, quality assurance plan etc.

After the kick-off meeting, brainstorming session between the partners was held to design the methodology and instruments for the Need assessment in Nepal and Bhutan. Issues discussed were the Identification of beneficiary groups, drafting of questionnaires, design of instruments for data collection, feed-back workshops, and establishment of time planning for upcoming activities.