myRepublica on March 3, 2019
Nepal Research Bhavan situated at South Asia Institute Branch Office, Kupondole was inaugurated on Saturday. Saubhagya Pradhananga, Director of the National Archives Nepal, Professor Thomas Holstein, President of Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Professor Bernd Schneidmueller, Chairman of the Advisory Board of the project, Professor Dr Bhupa Prasad Dhamala, Executive Director of the Department of International Relations, Tribhuvan University, Dr Nadine Plachta, Director of the South Asia Institute Branch Office of Heildelberg University, among others were present in the event who also informed about the establishment of Nepal Research Bhavan.
Artworks such as installation, photography, videos and painting have been exhibited at the Nepal Research Bhavan. Moreover, the opening of the building is followed by conference/workshop scheduled for Sunday and Monday at Yalamaya Kendra, Patan organized by Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and National Archives Nepal.
The conference was completed on topics like 'History of Slavery in Nepal', 'Archival Documents o Slavery, System of Slavery in Nepal, Double-Crossing Subjects in Nepal's Borderlands in Nineteenth-Century and more. Likewise, on Monday the workshop will take place on Reading-in-conjunction (workshop): Texts and Documents.
About the establishment of the building, Professor Dr Axel Michaels, Project Deputy Director, Nepal Heritage Documentation Project; a joint venture between Heidelberg University, Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Saraf Foundation for Himalayan Traditions and Culture shared, "We had Nepal Research Center for few decades here and due to some administration and financial issues it was closed down. We rejuvenated and opened it again because it can play an important role in being the meeting point for scholars of Nepal and from other countries. Meanwhile, we have the library, the facilities and guest room where everyone is welcome to use the facilities here who want to know about Nepal."
There are 4000 volumes of books on important topics of Nepal like history, culture, anthropology, etc. He added, "There is no limitation on who should come and use the library or not. It is for everyone and we are looking forward to making it bigger and better."