Neeti Anusandhan Pratishthan Nepal (NeNAP) organized a talk program in the valley held at Hotel Shangri-La on the 10th of August 2019. Introducing the program the Director of NeNAP, Mr. Deepak Adhikari stated the crucial need for established institutions to study India at an academic level rather than rely on social media rhetoric. The chief speakers on the occasion were Dr. V.K. Malhotra, Member Secretary of Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR under Human Resource Development Ministry Government of India) and Dr. Rajesh S. Kharat Professor Center for International Studies Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi.
Dr. V.K. Malhotra listed core areas in his presentation where both India and Nepal could enable each other to be prosperous economic partners. India has interests in developing Nepal’s untapped hydro power potential. Similarly, Prof. Rajesh Kharat stated that India should be able to understand and further research towards the internal dynamics of Nepal, while also developing infrastructure along the border.
Dr. Ajay Kumar, Deputy Chief of Mission spoke towards the end stressing the need of improving Nepal’s agricultural sector. He stated that India is committed towards its neighbor and is already helping with over 200 scholarships for needy students. Dr. Kumar stated that a strong policy framework was required to improve tourism, education and ayurvedic medicine which has unmatched potential which will enable Nepal to be economically prosperous.
The program was officiated by Prof. Tikaram Poudel of Kathmandu University, and was attended by scholars, and eminent persons of both India and Nepal.
Neeti Anusandhan Pratishthan (NeNAP) has encouraged both scholars of India and Nepal to meaningful research for mutual development, friendship, and cooperation.