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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 – January 2019.

ELNAB project introductory brochure can be downloaded here.

Project News


Project closing dissemination seminar and AC meeting was held in Thimphu, Bhutan on 6-7 January 2019. The seminar was attended by representatives of private sectors working in energy and lighting field, government agencies, other HEIs, public authorities, students and teachers. Presentations were given on the topics related to project outcomes in Nepal and Bhutan, LED based lighting design practices for both indoor and outdoor, issues related to light polution and lighting related hazards, energy efficient lighting design guidelines and procurement criteria. Discussions were held on the challanges of energy efficient lighting practices, product quality standarizations etc in Nepal and Bhutan was discussed in the seminar.

Seminar program

20.12.2018 Kathmandu University, Department of Electrical and Electronics organized exhibition of student projects (EEPEx-18) on December 6, 2018 where the undergraduate students in their 1st to 3rd year of study exibited their project works. Twenty different project works, each project work carried out by a group of 5 students were presented including the projectsrelated to energy efficient lighting: traffic lighting and automatic road lighting system, automatic street light, smart meter with load control, LED matrix display.



Courses developed in the project are now running in the partner institutions as part of the regular curriculum.

Kathmandu University, Nepal and Jigme Namgyel Engineering College (JNEC), Royal University of Bhutan have already offered basic course on illumination engineering during February - July session 2018 with altogether 80 students taking the course.

Nepal Engineering college (NEC) has started running the course since June. As part of the course, students from NEC participated in a study visit to Kathmandu University on July 26, 2018 to attend a guest lecture and to learn about study practices and student projets at Kathmandu University.

20.06.2018 Project Advisory Committee (AC) meeting was held at Université Toulouse III Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France on May 23, 2018. Representatives of all the member institutions of the project participated in the meeting. The meeting reviewed in detail the activities carried out in each work package and discussed on the work progress, achievements, problems faced and mitigation. Discussion was also held on the work for the upcoming months and detailed plan together with clear deadline for each task was agreed.
Day before the AC meeting on 22 May and after the meeting on 23 May , a visit to Laboratory of plasma and conversion of energy was organized to the teachers and members of Nepali and Bhutani partner institutions where they learned and discussed about research and measurement practices and procedures in the field of Light and Matter.
13.02.2018 A three day course testing and teacher training workshop was organized by JNEC, Royal University of Bhutan from February 7 to 9, 2018. The workshop was held at JNEC campus, Deothang, Bhutan. JNEC teachers, students and representatives of Department of Renewable Energy participated the event with great enthusiasm. Professors and Teachers from Aalto University, University of of Toulouse, and National Technical University of Athens delivered lectures in wide range of topics from basics of lighting to the design, quality control and sustainability. Demonstration of lighting measurement with newly acquired equipment was also conducted during the workshop.
23.01.2018 Teacher training and course testing session will be held in Bhutan at JNEC, Royal University of Bhutan from February 7 to 9, 2018. Part of the newly developed course will be tested with the students, teachers, and lighting professionals and their feedback will be asked to improve the content. A half day measurement and demonstration session will also be organized at the newly established lighting lab at the campus.
16.01.2018 A two day course testing and teacher training workshop was organized by three Nepali partner universities in Lalitpur, Nepal on January 8-9, 2018. Professors and Teachers from Aalto University, University of of Toulouse, and National Technical University of Athens delivered lectures on basics of vision, lighting technology, lighting and sustainability, and lighting design techniques and simulations. There was a wide participation from teachers and students of partner universities, lighting professionals from industry, electricity authority, government and non-government organizations, etc. A feedback session was also at the end of the workshop and feedback and feedback was asked using the questionnaires.

A one week Lab training and Teachers' training for the teachers of partner universities was organized at Aalto University on 7-13 December 2017. The training was designed to enhance the understanding and knowledge of the teachers on the topic and also to introduce new teaching methods. Laboratory training was also given also organized to train to use the lab equipment, familirize on the measurement standards and procures, and to conduct lab exercises for students.

Advisory Commettee (AC) meeting of the project was also organized to discuss on the past activities plan the future activities.


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.