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posted Aug 13, 2014, 9:48 PM by Advancement Alumni Affairs Office   [ updated Aug 18, 2014, 10:20 PM ]

Full Name
:     AMOD MANI DIXIT           

                                       Present position/ title:  Executive Director, National Society for Earthquake Technology – Nepal (NSET)

How AIT degree helped you in achieving your career potential/goals

  • Global identity: AIT is known the world over as a reputed institution that combines academic pursuit with practical research and its degree is recognized the world over. That helped me to present myself and my works easily in every negotiations; I could home into the problem without wasting time on preliminaries of introduction.
  • Optimal combination of theoretical and practical approaches: The AIT degree was my second Masters Degree. The AIT study allowed me to focus on implementation of the theoretical knowledge. It helped me to develop and design a dialog with the stakeholders, encourage them to get engaged in the discourse and motivate them to guide and act upon the priorities.
  • International Exposure because of International Faculty: I was exposed to global problems and solutions both on theoretical as well as on practical basis by an international faculty that had rich experience in different countries. That helped to place myself at the forefronts of science and engineering. Such wide overview of the problems as well as solutions helped me to understand
  • Asian Perspective: Most students in AIT were professionals who had had some experience in their respective fields. They could thus bring in practical problems which we collectively used to analyze formally and informally. That gave me a broader perspective of the strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities as well as the gaps that need to be addressed on a priority basis. Such wide knowledge makes anybody a lot more strong and confident in delivering professional services. This was possible because of the AIT environment of education.



  • Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Ehime University, Matsuyama, Japan; (2009-2014); Doctor of Engineering; An Evaluation of Earthquake Risk Management Initiatives in Nepal, A research conducted off-campus.
  • Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, USA; (2003); Business Program for Non-Profit Leaders, A course on aspects of non-profit organizations.
  • The Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok (1980-1982), Master of Science (MSc) from the Geotechnical Engineering Division; research on Analysis of Dam Foundation Grouting at Khao Laem, Thailand.
  • The Leningrad Mining Institute (currently The Leningrad Mining University), St. Petersburg, Russia (1968-1973), Master of Science (MSc) in Geological & Mineralogical Sciences; research on Exploration of Lead, Zinc and Copper deposits: A Case of Mirgalimsai Stratified Lead-Zinc deposit, Kazakhstan.

Career/Accomplishment record after graduation from AIT:

1982 - 1991:        Promoted to the Position of Senior Geologist in the Department of Mines and Geology of Nepal Government. Became a Leader of the Engineering Geology Section of the Department and started comprehensive study of Landslide and Earthquake Hazards of Nepal

1988-1997:          Director Research and Development of SILT Consultants P. Ltd of Nepal.

1992 - 1994:        National Team Leader, Building Code Development Project of Nepal Government and UNDP/UN Habitat

1993 - date:         General Secretary, National Society for Earthquake Technology – Nepal (NSET)

1997 - date:         Executive Director, NSET



  1. Prabal JansevaShree 2070   - a highly coveted National Award from the President of Nepal for service to the Nation, awarded in 2013 for contribution in the field of Disaster Risk Management.
  2. Distinguished AITAA Award 2006 (Asian Institute of Technology Alumni Award), in the Business and Professional category.
  3. RONAST Science and Technology Promotion Award 2005. This is an Award by the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology,  recognizing my contribution in developing methodologies of earthquake risk assessment and for enhancing awareness on earthquake vulnerability reduction
  4. Daivi Prakop Piditoddhhar Padak, Nepal Government; two times in 1997 and in 1999, in recognition of the contribution made in areas of disaster management.
  5. The Tech Award (Microsoft Education category) awarded to NSET in 2004 by The Tech Museum, San Jose, California, for developing the “Shake Table” for use in community education and enhancing earthquake awareness.
  6. WSSI Fellowship for 2000-2003 (An award from the World Seismic Safety Initiative (WSSI), an undertaking of the International Association of Earthquake Engineering (IAEE)).
  7. Sasakawa Award, Certificate of Merit, awarded in 2001 by UN ISDR (IDNDR) to the National Society for Earthquake Technology-Nepal (NSET) for contribution in disaster reduction in Nepal. AS a Founder of NSET and its executive leader since its founding, I consider this Award also as the recognition and success of my work and leadership.
  8. Sasakawa Award, Certificate of Merit, awarded to the Nepal Geological Society (NGS) in 1998 by UN ISDR (IDNDR) for contribution in disaster reduction in Nepal. The award was recognition of the works of community awareness and education implemented by the NGS under its NGS IDNDR Council, which I headed as the National Coordinator during the International Decade for Natural Disaster 1991-1999.