An Unusual Blend of College Education, Open Mapping and Local Governance via Kathmandu Living Labs

Saturday, 13th of September woke up to an unusual blend of college education, open mapping and local governance.

Over 70 students from Apex College and 20 facilitators from Kathmandu Living Labs mapped over 159 acres area in ward 7 in Kathmandu Metropolitan City. This Mapping Party was an unusual one – It was a graded exercise to the participating students as part of their geographic information system (GIS) course that Dr. Nama Raj Budhathoki is teaching this semester with assistance from Poshan Niraula and Helina Shrestha.

The mapping exercise provided students with an opportunity to contribute to Livable Kathmandu, an initiative of 15 members of the parliament who represent entire Kathmandu Valley. Honorable Mr. Gagan Thapa who represents Kathmandu constituency 4 facilitates Livable Kathmandu. The initiative aims to make Kathmandu Valley a better place to live!
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