Kathmandu Branch Office
The 35th Anniversary of the Kathmandu Branch Office of the South Asia Institute at the German Embassy, Kathmandu
The German Embassy in Nepal organized a special program on September 27 in Kathmandu to mark German Unity Day and the 35th anniversary of the Kathmandu Branch Office of Heidelberg University’s South Asia Institute (SAI). This year the SAI is also celebrating its 60th anniversary.
In his welcome speech Ambassador Dr. Thomas Prinz, who himself holds a PhD from SAI acknowledged the continuous work and contribution of the SAI Kathmandu Branch Office in promoting and organizing research in Nepal. SAI’s executive director, Prof. Rahul Mukherji, emphasized in his address the importance of engaging with the entire South Asian region and the vital role of SAI branch offices in their cooperation with local academic institutions. Prof. Christiane Brosius, director of the Nepal Heritage Documentation Project (NHDP), presented various ongoing projects in Nepal and took the opportunity to thank all team members, current resident representative Frederic Maria Link, and the attending former representatives Prof. Martin Gaenszle and Dr. Stefanie Lotter. She also introduced on the occasion a touch screen being donated by the German Embassy to the Patan Museum that provides access to heritage walks from the Digital Archive of Nepalese Arts and Monuments (DANAM) website. Dr. Thomas Prinz and Nepal’s Vice-President Nanda Bahadur Pun took the first virtual round.
Over 400 people from various walks of life attended the event and showed great interest in the SAI Kathmandu Branch Office’s exhibition. It displayed posters of the ongoing projects, the anniversary booklet of the Kathmandu Branch Office, and a selection of publications.
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Lecture by Prof. Rahul Mukherji at Yalamaya Kendra, Patan Dhoka, Nepal
Prof. Rahul Mukherji held a special lecture on “India’s Tryst with Competitive Authoritarianism” on September 26 (Monday), 2022, at Yalamaya Kendra, Patan Dhoka, Nepal. The event was organized by the South Asia Institute’s Kathmandu Branch Office and the Nepal Institute for International Cooperation and Engagement (NIICE). The lecture was chaired by Dr. Suresh Chalise, a former ambassador of Nepal to the United States and to the United Kingdom and former guest at SAI’s department of Political Science as a research fellow of the Alexander von Humbolt Foundation. In his lecture, Prof. Mukherji highlighted the present situation of India especially during Modi’s government. His focus was on democracy, religion, minorities and economy. After the lecture, the floor was opened to the audience and Dr. Suresh Chalise concluded the session with his final remarks.
The Panel Discussion on “Status of Democracy in Nepal” was chaired by Prof. Rahul Mukherji and the panelists were Amb. Vijay Kant Karna (Centre for Social Inclusion and Federalism), Prof. Dr. Deepak Prakash Bhatt (Member of Parliament of Nepal and Security Expert), Prof. Kapil Shrestha (Kathmandu School of Law), Dr. Lila Nyaichyai (Tribhuvan University) Amb. Dr. Shambhu Ram Simkhada (Tribhuvan University), Ms. Sajana Maharjan Amatya (Asia Foundation), Dr. Uddhab Pyakurel (Kathmandu University) and Mr. Jay Nishant (Nepal Democracy Foundation).
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