Dr Kalika Prasad Upadhyay

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Monday, June 13, 2016 - 14:00
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Dr Kalika Prasad Upadhyay completed his PhD at The University of Queensland, Australia in 2015 with the support of Australia Awards. He has 18 years of experience on agricultural research.

Dr Kalika
Prasad Upadhyay completed his PhD at The University of Queensland, Australia in
2015 with the support of Australia Awards. He has 18 years of experience on
agricultural research. He has contributed to develop agro-ecologically suitable
horticultural technologies for the hills of Nepal. His interesting findings on
how biochar influences on crop growth and colonisation of horticultural crops
by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi could contribute to information in the areas of
waste management, organic agriculture, carbon management, soil fertility
management, climate change and sustainability.

Australia
Awards alumnus Dr Kalika Prasad Upadhyay shares on his present status at his institution:
‘Now I am working as a Senior Scientist in Nepal Agricultural Research Council
(NARC) and the PhD I received with the support of Australian government’s
prestigious scholarship has uplifted my professional career.’ He shared his
experiences about life in Queensland to the outgoing Australia Awards Short
Course (scheduled to be in Brisbane) on Inclusive Education participants during
their Pre-Departure Briefing session in April 2016.

He says,
‘When I arrived at Brisbane airport in January 2011, the major residential area
of Queensland was suffering from devastative flood. I stayed at a motel for 5
nights in Brisbane. DFAT supported me every moment of that tough time. I am
grateful to the Australian government for the support for living in Australia
from 2011 to 2015 to pursue PhD in agriculture at the University of
Queensland.’

Dr
Upadhyay explained his significant academic achievements - ‘I was proud of
being a DFAT fellow when my research article based on PhD thesis received -
Student Paper Award in the 29th International Conference on Solid Waste
Technology and Management held at Philadelphia in USA from 30 March to 2 April
in 2014. The University of Queensland also granted me recognition by publishing
my cover story in UQ news and other bulletins - http://www.science.uq.edu.au/kalika-upadhyay;
https://www.uq.edu.au/news/article/2014/05/uq-serves-award-winning-research.’

He
further adds - ‘I was selected as a student representative (among 100s of PhD
students) for the School’s Occupational Health and Safety Committee by the
School of Agriculture and Food Science. It was a great opportunity for me to
learn the Australian system to maintain a laboratory, and to assess and manage
risks and hazards from chemicals and tools.’

‘I also
participated in social functions such as the multicultural shows by exhibiting
Nepali culture. Australian people were much impressed when I performed by
singing with traditional Nepali uniform at Lockyer Valley Multicultural Show at
Gatton in 2012’ he explained his extracurricular and social activities.

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