Int'l Seminar on Nepal India Relations Concludes with Four-point Declaration
International Seminar on Role of Media in Promoting India-Nepal Relations concluded with a four-point declaration on Tueday (4th April 2017). In the two-days long seminar organized by Makhanlal Chaturvdei University of India, in collaboration with Kathmandu University School of Arts, Media Action Nepal and BP Koirala India Nepal Foundation in Kathmandu, Vice Chancellor of MCU Prof. B.K. Kuthiala declared the future areas of cooperation between the two universities and media organizations of India and Nepal.
Prof. Kuthiala declared and promised to initiate the following efforts of cooperation;
- Initiate India Nepal Media Scan; a printed surveillance assessing the news published by the National Media of Nepal and India
- MCU will reserve seats and scholarships for students from Nepal in all its 27 programs.
- Nepalbharatsahayog.ac. (proposed); a website will be run jointly MCU and KU to cover news and articles about issues related to Nepal India Relations.
- Trip for mid-career Journalists: a trip will be organized for Nepali and Indian Journalist across the border every year.
The seminar focused on discussing Nepal India Relations from several perspectives. Panelists speaking in the seminar stressed that the peace, prosperity and economic development of the South Asia depends on sound Nepal India Relations. They urged Media sector from both countries to be objective while reporting on issues related to Nepal India relations.
Addressing to the participants and guests in the seminar Prof. Kuthiala stressed on the need to improvise the relation between Nepal and India. He urged the media persons and academicians to realize the eastern knowledge and philosophy rather than seeking to copy western ideas.
Speaking during the program, Founding Vice Chancellor of Kathmandu University. Prof. Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma said, “Media Plays a vital role in projecting an image of eminent personalities.” Prof. Sharma highlighted how media education should be focus on producing responsible journalists.
The seminar hosted a variety of sessions from Role of Media, Media Dynamics, and Media Education to the Cultural, Spiritual and Social Commonalities and Socio-Political Scenarios between the two countries with speakers from the fields of Media, Education and Politics. The program was inaugurated by Professor B.K. Kuthiala, Vice Chancellor of Makahanlal Chaturvedi University (MCU) and Tarun Vijay, Parliamentarian and Senior Journalist of India on Monday.
Keynote Speaker Tarun Vijay, Parliamentarian and senior journalist from India, said that entire peace, prosperity as well as the economic development of the hemisphere depends on Nepal India Relations. He urged journalists to be objective while reporting on issues related to Nepal India relations. He also suggested that MCU and KU should establish a news portal, which will cover the most authentic stories about Nepal India Relations.
Dr. Deepak Sharma, Registrar, MCU, said, “Politics of both Nepal and India have changed recently. But the societies have not. To respect and maintain the relationship between the two, both need to acknowledge and protect the diversity they possess.”
Surendra Karki, Minister for Information and Communications, Government of Nepal, also emphasized the importance of backing one's economy with politics.
Likewise, in a short remark, Sagar Sharma, Dean of School of Arts at Kathmandu University – emphasized on objective news reporting on bilateral issues.
Prabhu Shah, former minister and chairperson of parliamentary committee on International Relations said, “Media of both the countries should be free from politics in order for both the countries to flourish together.”
Welcoming the guests and all participants Dr. Nirmala Mani Adhikary, media theorist and Assistant Professor of Media Studies at Kathmandu University put his insights and analysis of how Nepal and India share common roots in social, cultural and religious spheres.
Research Methodology Workshop
HNRSC- KU organized three days Research Methodology Workshop on 24-26 March, 2008 for its master and PhD students. Training on data gathering tools and techniques, scientific writing and data interpretation was given to the students during this workshop.
Conflict Management Workshop
HNRSC together with Global Majority (INGO) organized a two-day workshop on "Conflict Management" in March 2008. Trainings on development of negotiation skills, conflict resolution and effective communication were given to HNRSC students by international experts.
HNRSC and University of Zurich jointly organized a three-day e-learning course on Globalisation and Livelihood Option for People living in Poverty (GLOPP) from in January 2009. Faculties and students from HNRSC and DEVS participated in this workshop.