ICDE Event Coverage
Developing a new Open University of Nepal
Frits Pannekoek, President of ICDE and President of Athabasca University will be the keynote speaker at a conference workshop regarding the establishment of open and distance education in Nepal.
In a response to the growing need in Nepal for access to higher education, The Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) and Canada Foundation for Nepal (CFFN) have joined hands in an initiative to support the Government of Nepal in building the first Open University of Nepal.
The Government of Nepal has long identified an Open University of Nepal (OUN) as a means to bridge the gap between the surge in demand for higher education, brought on by the country’s exposure to new technology, and the severely limited access to it for rural residents, women and marginalized groups.
A workshop entitled Open and Distance Education in Nepal, to be held 28 May in Houston, Texas, USA, as a part of the NRNA’s 4th Regional Conference, has been organized to bring together prominent academics and institutional thinkers to deliberate the academic, management, and business aspects of creating the OUN. The objective of the workshop is to hold deliberations on a proposal for the institution, more specifically on:
- content and academic development governance
- management and administration
- business plan to organize financial and human resources for the proposal
Invited speakers will bring strategic insights for an Open University of international quality and standards in Nepal.
20 May 2010
NRNs to push for open university, dual citizenship
WASHINGTON D C, May 27: The fourth regional conference of Non-Resident Nepalis Association (NRNA) being held in Houston, Texas, from Friday will largely focus on issues like collective investment, open university and dual citizenship, said organizers.
The conference is set to have participation of some 300 NRN delegates from 12 countries. The participants will debate on education, investment, dual citizenship and ways to fight risk of earthquake in Kathmandu, among others, said Suman Timilsina, the president of NRN Association, America.
For the discussions, experts groups have prepared reports on science and technology and establishing an open university, he told Republica. Nepali specialists working in the respective areas in the US and Canada, among others, have been pushing for these new concepts at forums of the Nepali diaspora in recent period.
The idea of open university has been mooted because NRN experts believe they can engage in education sector and contribute in building human and social capital through it.
“This will enable NRNs to effectively share their expertise and knowledge,” said Timilsina. Nepalis working in the field of energy, engineering, genetics and other technical areas in various countries are in the experts groups on open university.
Top officials of famous universities of Texas and Canada too are scheduled to participate in the event to share their views and give feedback on the issue.
“How to better funnel the investments of NRNs in Nepal is another issue of discussion of the upcoming conference,” said Timilsina.
Previously, NRNs had decided to set up a collective investment fund for the purpose. However, the fund has not come into being till date. Considering this situation, NRNs have decided to review the concept of collective investment fund and work out more effective and workable mechanism.
The conference will also discuss how NRNs can play a role and launch rescue and support program in case large scale disasters hit Nepal.
Apart from these, the NRNs will also raise voice for dual citizenship, role of women in development and tourism development in Nepal. They will also hold information-sharing programs on various issues.
The government has started distributing identity cards to NRNs for the past few months in a bid to recognize them and to allow them to own property in Nepal.
However, NRNs are not satisfied with it. Instead, they argue that the government back home was trying to placate them just by granting petty recognition. The organizers said that the conference will not have participation of any minister from Nepal because of the fluid political situation back home.
“We had invited the foreign minister and education minister. But they informed us that they will not be able to attend the event due to political reasons,” said Timilsina.
Nepali ambassador Dr Shankar Sharma, President of NRNs Association Dev Man Hirachan, past president of the association Upendra Mahato and representative of Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, among others, are scheduled to address the conference.
The event will also feature tourism promotion and cultural programs. There are more than 200,000 Nepalis in the US.
Published on 2010-05-28 01:43:05
NRNA Conference Concludes in Texas USA
A declaration of May 28 as “Nepal Day” by Mayor Annise Parker, of Houston, Texas (USA), was made to commemorate the three-day long4th Regional Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) Conference just concluded at the Westchase Marriot Hotel, in Houston on May 27-30, 2010. In the traditions of past regional conferences in Qatar, Germany and Thailand, it was a matter of pride for North American NRN to host this conference and very appropriately, it was during the time when Asian-American Heritage Month is observed nationwide in the USA.
The conference welcomed over 350 attendees from 20 countries around the world to deliberate on their potential, as Nepalis living outside Nepal, to help the motherland develop her economy, education and democracy as well as to support the enabling NRN demand for dual citizenship. Ambassadors of Nepal to the US – HE Shankar P. Sharma, UN – HE Gyan Chandra Acharya, Chancellor and President of the University of Houston Prof. Renu Khator and Dr. Frits Pannekoek, President, ICDE and Athabasca University, Dr. Mohamed Ally, Program Director of Athabasca University, and Provost Carl Stokton and Vice President Dr. Mrinal Mugdh both of University of Houston as well as the NRNA leaders and many accomplished NRN worldwide graced the meeting. Other participants included businessmen and professionals from Nepal.
Welcoming the delegates on May 29th. Coordinator Ratan Jha, General Secretary of NRNA-ICC, thanked Houston volunteers who made the Conference a success and recognizing Dr. Upendra Mahato’s recent distinguished service award from the President of Nepal. HE Gyan Chandra Acharya lauded the NRN for their meaningful slogan and their promotion of Nepal worldwide. Representatives of Senator Hutchinson of Texas, The Greater Houston Partnership and Worldwide Partners, a consulting firm, welcomed the delegates to Texas. Remarks were made by Dr. Ambika Adhikari, NRNA Regional Coordinator for Americas, Suman Timsina, President of NRN NCC of USA, Naba Gurung President of NRN Canada and other organizational representatives on the role and responsibilities of NRN in aiding Nepal as well as welcoming visitors to the US. On behalf of local hosts Dr. Rajendra Shrestha welcomed all the participants and guests. President of Nepal Society of Texas, Dr. Prem Adhikari, appealed everyone to get engaged in preserving and promoting language and culture of Nepal and pass it on to the next generation. Dr Upendra Mahato made an inspirational address on what should motivate NRN and how they should work to help Nepal. Dev Man Hirachan, President of NRN-ICC spoke of how Nepal could and should become a land of opportunity despite its current challenges in the political sphere. HE Shankar Sharma noted the importance of NRN in the economy of Nepal and how they could enhance their efforts by being more active in their local governments. He iterated on the favorable investment climate and noted the recent improving development indicators in Nepal. Anjan Shrestha delivered the vote of thanks, noting again the great efforts of local volunteers and lauding the long voyages made by some to attend the meeting. Ms Shristi Shrestha moderated the inaugural program.
A session, moderated by Dr. Ambika Adhikari, NRNA Regional Coordinator – North American, was devoted to dual citizenship for NRN, the progress, hurdles and prospects. Capt. Hitman Gurung, Regional Coordinator – Europe, spoke in some detail of the Gurkha perspective and pointed out deficiencies in the proposed constitutional provision and how the NRNA position paper suggests solutions in a win-win manner. Other speakers delivered various perspectives on the issue. It was generally agreed that the NRN Card being implemented could coexist with dual citizenship, which would be one of the major goals of the organization.
An all-day session on Friday the 28th focused on distance education and science and technology exchange between Nepal and the diaspora. The concept is an Open University in Nepal, led by Dr. Pramod Dhakal, which is proposed as a collaboration between NRNA and Canada Foundation for Nepal to support the Government of Nepal in establishing it. The workshop, organized by the NRN Skills, Knowledge and Innovation Exchange Task Force in multiple sessions, was to discuss a proposal for the institution, its content and academic development, governance, management, administration and a business plan. The keynote address, delivered by Dr. Pannekoek dwelt on the lessons from his decades of experience in the field. He noted the pressing need for such institutions in a developing economy like that of Nepal. Like Dr. Khator, he remarked on the transformative nature of an open university and the importance of quality parity with the bricks-and-mortar institutions.
The concept of collective investment was discussed in two sessions exploring the potential of Nepal, sizes, scope, structures and challenges. Entrepreneurs, executives and potential investors discussed ways to leverage their assets and gain negotiating advantages. Suman Timsina laid down the foundation by appealing NRNs to play an important role as a professional to introduce Nepal to their companies and help build relationships. The session also focused on challenges and success associated with those returning or investing their skills, knowledge and money in Nepal. Investment included not just monetary but skills and knowledge as well. An executive of energy companies Mr. Arun Baskota spoke on how a better planned collaborative efforts can be done with hydro power and other energy sector. Kiran Joshi, owner of a successful world-class animation studio in Nepal, demonstrated his work and touched on what would be needed for NRN to develop collaborative businesses. Rameshwar Shah focused on collective investment strategies to include low-income NRN. Niley Shrestha talked on how the proposed $100 million fund could be implemented soon. Ganesh Pokhrel described a co-operative NRN investment farm in Russia. Various forms of investment were proposed as models for illustration. Mr. Anjan Shrestha and Bhuwan Gurung talked about a model to build entrepreneurship among local Nepalis. Dr. Mahato laid down a challenge to NRN to collect funds promising to help.
On Friday, there was an overview of select charity programs in Nepal with NRN involvement, highlighting how individual NRN initiatives have made a substantial philanthropic impact. Evidence of increasing institutionalization in these efforts and the resulting multiplicative beneficial effects were welcomed. The need for information collection and coordination of these efforts by an organization, like NRNA, was noted. Kripali Gautam, Padam Sharma, Niley Shrestha, Nnaresh Koirala, and Anup Neupane presented wide variety of projects from model village, library, room to read, scholarship and various other projects.
Women’s issues and the vital role of women leaders in social justice all over the world in numerous settings were discussed in a session by the Global Nepali Women Forum. These issues have become a prominent concern as the numbers of NRN increase worldwide. Dr. Bidya Ranjeet moderated a very diversified panel with Luna Ranjeet, Bishnu PAriyar, Radha Basnyat, Aashm Rana, Indra Ban and Seema Dhami. A very diverse panel considered women’s empowerment and related issues. A productive discussion on building a better consortium of Nepali women worldwide was engaged in by participants from US, Australia, Nepal and Canada.
Kathmandu has been identified as a highly vulnerable location to a major earthquake and NRN have geared up to assemble a team of medical, information technology, engineering and other professionals to develop an earthquake response and disaster relief strategy. The American Society of Nepalese Engineers along with America Nepal Medical Foundation and Computer Association of Nepal-USA jointly conducted a panel discussion on earthquake preparedness. NRN USA President Suman Timsina pledged support for this cause exhorting the entire global NRN network to join in. NRNICC’s SKIE Task Force will work with ongoing efforts in North America to create mobilize professionals and others globally.
Everest Day (May 29th) was marked by a session on ‘Nepal Tourism Promotion’, which was attended by several Mount Everest summiteers. The first couple to get married atop Everest, Prem Dorji Sherpa and Ms. Moni Mulepati, shared their experiences and called on NRN to promote Nepal. Panelists described how Nepal is a great destination for tourists and proposed ways to help tourism. Some explained how keeping Nepali heritage and culture alive in foreign lands would help this cause. The Nepal Promotion Task Force of NRNA announced a project to build the largest brass statue of the Buddha in Lumbini. NRN were encouraged to pressure the Government of Nepal to restore stability to Nepal to encourage tourism.
A Nepali Literary Festival focused on Nepali poetry originating mostly from outside Nepal indicated the depth of residual feelings of NRN for Nepal. Mr. Homnath Subedi, Mr. Jiba Lamichane, Prof. Shiv Gautam, Mr. Bhim Karki and other spoke on the role of NRNA in preserving and promoting Nepali language and literature. Mr. Suman Timsina informed that a relationship has been established to teach Nepali language and literature in Nepali diaspora and a provision of research at Tribhuwan Univesrsity in under discussion. He also informed that a DDiaspora Study Room wll be dedicated at Nepali department at Tribhuwan University in collaboration with INLS and NRNNCC of USA.
Books of Ganga Ligal and Hasta Gautam were also released. Particiaption in competitive and non-competitive poetry recital was very encouraging. Gokul Bhandari. Hasta Gautam and Gautam Dahal were placed first, second and third. Mr. Basu Sharma moderated the session.
Presentations were made by Regional Coordinators or their representatives, covering the various NRNA Regions. These covered accomplishments, highlights, recent developments, challenges for NRNA, prospects and future directions for NRN activities.
A memorable cultural event included dances by local artists from Texas and Australia. A prize of $1000.00 sponsored by Hem Sarita Foundation of Texas was given to child artist and was awarded to Astha Oli of Australia for the first, Sony Pathak and Shristi Dahal Second and Priyanka Sharma, Shrijana Kharel and Prisa Rana for the third place. Mr. Premraja Mahat, Ms. Sapna Shree, Ms. Tara Gurung entertained the audience with their songs while Mr. Manoj Gajurel entertained with his brilliant comic presentation.
The conference concluded with the formal reading of the “Declaration”, the 14 resolutions summarizing the result of the deliberations. They called upon the political leadership in Nepal to complete, by the extended deadline, the drafting of the new constitution; a strong call to adopt the suggestions of NRNA on dual citizenship and the NRN ID Card. Further, NRNA pledged to continue its cultural heritage maintenance, charitable, tourism promotion, investment, women’s rights and development efforts on behalf of Nepal and stressed its new initiatives like the Open University. Finally, it thanked the City of Houston and its Mayor for extending a warm welcome and the declaration of Nepal Day.
The evenings were capped off with hosted dinners hosted, on Saturday, by the Nepalese Association of Houston followed by a cultural program featuring prominent Nepali talent and on Sunday, by the Grisham & Jha Group at the Historic George Ranch. The Conference was co-sponsored by several business houses and some 50 US-Nepali organizations. It is expected to revitalize the NRNA slogan “For Nepali By Nepali”. More information can be found at http://nrnusa.org. The conference was locally hosted by Nepali Association of Houston (NAH) with the support of over 50 organizations in USA.
NRNNCC of USA also recognized a number of key individuals for their accomplishments and contribution to community with a plaque. The list includes:
- Mr. Prabal Gurung for bringing Nepal into Spotlight through exceptional accomplishments in the field of Fashion Design
- Dr. Prahlad Pant (GA) for Community Service
- Prof Shiv Gautam (MA) for an exceptional academic accomplishment
- Prof Alok Bohara (NM) for Exceptional Academic Commitments to Nepal
- Dr. Bidya Ranjeet (CT) for Exceptional Leadership in Mobilizing Community
- Mr. Veda B Joshi (CA) for Generosity and Philanthropic Commitments
- Mr. Karma G Sherpa (NY) for Community Leadership
- Ms. Kripali Gautam (TN) for Charitable work and love to Nepal
- Ms. Bhabika Joshi (TX) for Exceptional Accomplishment as a Young Writer
- Mr. Premraja Mahat (MD) for Promoting Nepali Culture in Diaspora
- Ms. Tara Gurung (CA) for Entrepreneurship and Nepali Culture Promotion
- Mr. Sunny Kantha (MO) for Significant Accomplishment as a BOT of Duke University
- Mr. Narayan Gurung (OR) for his accomplishments in the field of Tae-Kwan-Do
- Ms. Ashmi Rana (Nepal) for a successful accomplishment as woman entrepreneur
- Mr. Bishundev Mahato (MA) for significant accomplishment as a Young Scholar at Harvard University
In addition Past Presidents Dr. Jeetendra Joshee, Dr. Gaury Adhikari and Dr. Tara Niraula were also recognized for their contribution to strengthen NRN Association in the USA. Organizing committee also recognized a number of volunteers for their contributions.
NRN ICC business meeting took place on third day as well as a general body meeting of NRN NCC of USA. NRNNCC of USA discussed their amended bylaws and endorsed from the floor with few recommendations to be presented to Board. The General Body Meeting of NRN National Coordination Council also recommended to host next annual meeting at New York during Memorial Day Weekend (Last weekend of May), 2011.
May 29, 2010 – USA: The first day of the three-day 4th Regional Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) Conference concluded at the Westchase Marriot Hotel, Houston, Texas (USA) on May 28, 2010. Continuing the traditions of past regional conferences at Doha (Qatar), Bonn (Germany) and Bangkok (Thailand), it was a matter of pride for North American NRN to host this conference.
The conference welcomed well over 300 attendees from across the world to deliberate on their potential, as Nepalis living outside Nepal, to help the achieve rapid socio-economic transformation of the country as well as to enhance the case for the enabling NRN request – dual citizenship. Ambassadors of Nepal to the US – HE Shankar P. Sharma, and UN – HE Gyan Chandra Acharya, Chancellor and President of the University of Houston Prof. Renu Khator and Dr. Frits Pannekoek, President, ICDE and Athabasca University as well as accomplished NRN from North America and worldwide were among the speakers. Other participants included businessmen and professionals from Nepal.
The prominent feature was an all-day session geared to distance education and science and technology exchange between Nepal and the diaspora. As a part of that the concept of an Open University in Nepal (OUN) was the major topic. NRNA and Canada Foundation for Nepal (CFFN) have joined in an initiative to support the Government of Nepal (GON) to build an OUN. The objective of the workshop, organized by the NRN Skills, Knowledge and Innovation Exchange Task Force (SKIE) in multiple sessions, was to discuss a proposal for the institution, its content and academic development, governance, management, administration and a business plan. The keynote address, delivered by Dr. Pannekoek dwelt on the lessons from his decades of experience in the field. He noted the pressing need for such institutions to in a population driven developing economy. Like Dr. Khator he remarked on the transformative nature of an open university properly run and the importance of quality parity with bricks-and-mortar institutions.
In concurrent sessions:
An overview of select Charity Programs in Nepal with involvement of various NRN highlighted the myriad ways individual initiatives have made a substantial philanthropic impact in Nepal. There was also evidence of more institutionalization in these efforts and the multiplicative beneficial effects that can result. The need for information collection and coordination of these efforts by an organization, like NRNA, was noted. The session was chaired by Mr. Jiba Lamichane and moderated by Mr. Ramakant Kharel. Projects presented were AMA, Nepal Library Project, Model Village, Room to READ, and Empower Nepal Foundation.
Women’s issues and the vital role of women leaders in social justice all over the world in numerous settings were discussed in a session by the Global Nepali Women Forum. These issues that have become a prominent concern as the numbers of NRN increase worldwide. A very diverse panel considered women’s empowerment and related issues. A very useful discussion to build a better consortium of Nepali women worldwide was talked and few development projects were shared by participants from US, Australia, Nepal and Canada. Ms. Indra Ban, Ms. Radha Basnyat, Ms. Seema Dhami, Ms. Bishnu Maya Pariyar, Ms. Luna Ranjeet and Ms. Aashmi Rana were presenters.
Kathmandu, has been identified as a highly vulnerable location for a major earthquake. NRN have therefore geared up to build a team of medical, information technology, engineering and other professionals to develop a strategy on earthquake response and disaster relief. American Society of Nepalese Engineers along with America Nepal Medical Foundation and Computer Association of Nepal – USA jointly conducted a panel discussion on Earthquake Disaster Preparedness for Nepal. Dr. Gaury Adhikary, Dr. Bishnu Phuyal, Dr. Prahlad Pant, Mr. Prabuddha Dahal and Dr. Rajendra Shrestha presented various challenges and models to discuss. NRN USA President Suman Timsina pledged support from NRN Association to support such a noble cause to connect to entire global NRN network.
Everest Day (May 29th) was honored by a session on ‘Nepal Tourism Promotion’. The conference was attended by several Mount Everest summiteers. Panelists described how Nepal is a great destination for tourists and proposed ways to help tourism. Some explained how keeping Nepali heritage and culture alive in foreign lands could help the cause. Session Chaired by Mr. Premraja Mahat and moderated by Mr. Raja Ghale was unique in its own nature where 1st couple to get married at the top of Mount everest, Mr. Prem Dorji Sherpa and Ms. Moni Mulepati, shared their experience and call for help from NRNs to promote Nepal. NRNICC’s Nepal Promotion Task Force informed of a project to build a largest Brass Status of Buddha in Lumbini. Mr. Ram Kharel discussed role of media in promoting Nepal. Ms Bishnu Thapa and Mr. Karma G Sherpa talked about iimportance of preserving Nepali heritage in Nepal and abroad and asked NRNs to put pressure on Nepal Government to bring stability to address it.
A session explored the concept of collective investment by Nepali entrepreneurs and potential investors as a way to leverage their assets and gain negotiating advantages. Various forms of investment of different sizes and scope were proposed as models for illustration. Mr. Anjan Shrestha and Bhuwan Gurung talked about a model of The Entrepreneurs of Nepal (TEN) to build entrepreneurship among Nepalis, Mr. investment in Nepal. Mukesh Singh spoke on US Trade Treaty while Umang Rana talked of
Finally there was a Nepali Literary Festival which focused on Nepali poetry originating mostly from outside Nepal, which indicated the depth of residual feelings of NRN to Nepal. Number of poets recited Nepali poems and severl books were released. Poet Homnath Subedi, Shiv Gautam, Bharati Gautam, Bitu KC, Biplav, Mohan Sitaula, Ganga Legal were few prominent names.
The evening was capped off with a dinner hosted by the local host organization, the Nepalese Association of Houston, and NRN-NCC of USA followed by a cultural program featuring prominent Nepali talent from the US and Nepal. Mr. Manoj Gajurel’s comedy, Mr. Premraja Mahat and Ms. Sapana Shree entertained the sudience. NRN Kids and few other presented Neplai songs and dances. Hema and Sarita Foundation gave 3 prizes worth $1000.00 to 3 best performances.
The Conference was co-sponsored by several business houses and some 50 US-Nepali organizations. It is expected to revitalize the NRNA slogan “For Nepali By Nepali”. More information can be found at http://nrnusa.org
काठमाडौ, जेष्ठ ९ – विश्वका विभिन्न मुलुकमा छरिएर रहेका गैरआवासीय नेपालीले आफूले आर्जन गरेको ज्ञान र सीप राष्ट्र निर्माणमा उपयोग गर्ने उद्देश्यले खुल्ला विश्वविद्यालयको अवधारणा अघि सारेका छन् ।
गैरआवासीय नेपाली सङ्घको अगुवाइमा सो अभियान सञ्चालन गर्न लागिएको सङ्घका अध्यक्ष देवमान हिराचनले जानकारी दिए ।
गैरआवासीय नेपाली अभियानको सुरुआतसँगै विदेशमा रहेका नेपालीले आर्जन गरेको ज्ञान र सीप नेपालको रुपान्तरणका लागि कसरी प्रयोग गर्न ल्याउन सकिन्छ भन्नेमा छलफल हुदै आएको छ ।
अध्यक्ष हिराचन भन्छन, ‘नेपालको द्रुत्ततर विकासका लागि विदेशमा आफूले आर्जन गरेको ज्ञान, सीप र प्रविधिलाई नेपालमा परिचालन गर्नुपर्नेमा कसैको दुईमत छैन । यस कार्यका लागि गैरआवासीय नेपाली परिवर्तनका संवाहक हुन् ।’ सङ्घले विदेशमा रहेका नेपालीलाई आˆनो ज्ञान र सीप नेपालको रुपान्तरणमा प्रयोग गर्नुपर्छ भन्दै आएको छ ।
अध्यक्ष हिराचनका अनुसार अभियानको प्रारम्भिक दिनमा निश्चित समयका लागि नेपाल फर्केर यहाँको अर्थतन्त्रमा काम गरेर गैरआवासीय नेपालीले आफ्नो ज्ञान र सीप नेपाल र नेपालीलाई हस्तान्तरण गर्न सक्छन् भन्ने धारणालाई मूर्तरुप दिन खुल्ला विश्वविद्यालयको अवधारणा अघि सारिएको हो ।
सो अवधारणाअनुसार विश्वका विभिन्न प्रतिष्ठित विश्वविद्यालय र उद्योग प्रतिष्ठानमा कार्यरत विज्ञले नेपाल आएर आफ्नो ज्ञान बाँड्नेछन् ।
नयाँ नेपाल निर्माण र नेपालको रुपान्तरणका लागि नेपालीको सीप र शिक्षामा गुणात्मक वृद्धि आवश्यक रहेकामा जोड दिदै अध्यक्ष हिराचनले भने, नेपालमा यस्तो किसिमको व्यवस्था आवश्यक देखिन्छ । सङ्घको चौथो विश्व सम्मेलनपछि ज्ञान, सीप र प्रविधि हस्तान्तरणका क्षेत्रमा कार्य अघि बढाउने निर्णय गरेको थियो । त्यसका लागि सङ्घले डा. राजु अधिकारीको संयोजकत्वमा सीप ज्ञान तथा प्रवर्त्तन आदानप्रदान कार्यदलसमेत गठन गरेको छ ।
उक्त कार्यदलले गैरआवासीय नेपाली र अन्य सम्बन्धित पक्षसँग बृहत् छलफलपछि खुल्ला विश्वविद्यालय सञ्चालनसम्बन्धी सहमतिपत्रको खाकासमेत तयार पारेको छ ।
सरकारसँग उक्त सहमतिपत्रमा हस्ताक्षर भएपछि सङ्घले खुल्ला विश्वविद्यालय सञ्चालनसम्बन्धी कार्यलाई गति दिने अध्यक्ष हिराचनले जानकारी दिए । यसका लागि सम्बन्धित निकायमा पहल भइरहेको सङ्घको नेपालस्थित सचिवालयले जनाएको छ ।
स्रोत: रासस (RSS)/Hamro Samaj
काठमाडौं, May 23- विश्वका विभिन्न मुलुकमा छरिएर रहेका गैरआवासीय नेपालीले आफूले आर्जन गरेको ज्ञान र सीप राष्ट्र निर्माणमा उपयोग गर्ने उद्देश्यले खुल्ला विश्वविद्यालयको अवधारणा अघि सारेका छन् । गैरआवासीय नेपाली सङ्घको अगुवाइमा सो अभियान सञ्चालन गर्न लागिएको सङ्घका अध्यक्ष देवमान हिराचनले जानकारी दिनुभएको छ । गैरआवासीय नेपाली अभियानको सुरुआतसँगै विदेशमा रहेका नेपालीले आर्जन गरेको ज्ञान र सीप नेपालको रुपान्तरणका लागि कसरी प्रयोग गर्न ल्याउन सकिन्छ भन्नेमा छलफल हुँदै आएको छ ।
अध्यक्ष हिराचन भन्नुहुन्छ- नेपालको द्रुतततर विकासका लागि विदेशमा आफूले आर्जन गरेको ज्ञान, सीप र प्रविधिलाई नेपालमा परिचालन गर्नुपर्नेमा कसैको दुइमत छैन । यस कार्यका लागि गैरआवासीय नेपाली परिवर्तनका संवाहक हुन् । सङ्घले विदेशमा रहेका नेपालीलाई आफ्नो ज्ञान र सीप नेपालको रुपान्तरणमा प्रयोग गर्नुपर्छ भन्दै आएको छ ।
अध्यक्ष हिराचनका अनुसार अभियानको प्रारम्भिक दिनमा निश्चित समयका लागि नेपाल फर्केर यहाँको अर्थतन्त्रमा काम गरेर गैरआवासीय नेपालीले आफ्नो ज्ञान र सीप नेपाल र नेपालीलाई हस्तान्तरण गर्न सक्छन् भन्ने धारणालाई मूर्तरुप दिन खुल्ला विश्वविद्यालयको अवधारणा अघि सारिएको हो । सो अवधारणाअनुसार विश्वका विभिन्न प्रतिष्ठित विश्वविद्यालय र उद्योग प्रतिष्ठानमा कार्यरत विज्ञले नेपाल आएर आफ्नो ज्ञान बाँड्नेछन् ।
नयाँ नेपाल निर्माण र नेपालको रुपान्तरणका लागि नेपालीको सीप र शिक्षामा गुणात्मक वृद्धि आवश्यक रहेकामा जोड दिँदै अध्यक्ष हिराचनले भन्नुभयो- नेपालमा यस्तो किसिमको व्यवस्था आवश्यक देखिन्छ । सङ्घको चौथो विश्व सम्मेलनपछि ज्ञान, सीप र प्रविधि हस्तान्तरणका क्षेत्रमा कार्य अघि बढाउने निर्णय गरेको थियो । त्यसका लागि सङ्घले डा राजु अधिकारीको संयोजकत्वमा सीप ज्ञान तथा प्रवर्त्तन आदानप्रदान कार्यदलसमेत गठन गरेको छ ।
उक्त कार्यदलले गैरआवासीय नेपाली र अन्य सम्बन्धित पक्षसँग बृहत् छलफलपछि खुल्ला विश्वविद्यालय सञ्चालनसम्बन्धी सहमतिपत्रको खाकासमेत तयार पारेको छ ।
सरकारसँग उक्त सहमतिपत्रमा हस्ताक्षर भएपछि सङ्घले खुल्ला विश्वविद्यालय सञ्चालनसम्बन्धी कार्यलाई गति दिने अध्यक्ष हिराचनले बताउनुभयो । यसका लागि सम्बन्धित निकायमा पहल भइरहेको सङ्घको नेपालस्थित सचिवालयले जनाएको छ ।
गैरआवासीय नेपालीको खुला विश्वविद्यालय अवधारणालाई डा. प्रमोद ढकालले नेतृत्व गर्दै हुनुहुन्छ भने यसको कोर कमिटिमा डा. अम्बिका अधिकारी, डा द्रोण रसाली लगायतका उत्तरी अमेरिकाका र बिश्वका विभिन्न देशमा रहेका गैर आवाशीय नेपालीहरुको पनि सक्रियता रहने जानकारी डा. ढकालले दिनु भएको छ ।
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