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Jagaran Media Center Honors High Scoring SLC Students Among Dalits With Awards

Jagaran Media Center (JMC) awarded two Dalit students, Ms. Shiwani Rasaily and Mr. Pankaj Rokka, who scored highest marks among Dalit students in the SLC examinations 2066 with the “Talented Dalit Student Award”. Ms. Shiwani Rasaily of Eureka Residential School – Dharan, Sunsari district scored 88.00% and Mr. Pankaj Rokka of Gandaki Higher Secondary Boarding School – Lamachaur, Kaski district scored 86.25%.

JMC also distributed consolation award to four other Dalit students, Ms. Dipa Pariyar (87.88%), Vidhya Aarjan English School-Mulpani, Kathmandu, Ms. Abha Darnal ((87.25%), Galaxy Public Ma Vi-Gyaneswar, Kathmandu, Ms. Shanti Bogati (86.13%)- Kadaghari, Kathmandu and Mr. Anup Rokka (85. 88%), Kamal English Boarding Higher Secondary School-Balkhu, Kathmandu.

Mr. Rem Bahadur BK (JMC Chairperson) facilitated the program and Mr. Padam Sundas, Patron of the Amina Sundas Dalit Scholarships Fund, congratulated and highlighted about the importance of education to Dalit community. Mr. Ram Saran Darnal, prominent musician from the Dalit community, and Ms. Kalawati Paswan, Assistant Minister from the Government of Nepal, gave awards to the Dalit students.

The award included the Certificate of Appreciation and cash of NRs. 10,000 to the two highest scoring male and female students, and NRs. 2,500 each for the students receiving consolation awards.

Amid the award ceremony, JMC organized a Tea Party on the occasion of Dashain & Deepawali 2067. More than 100 people participated in the event.

Amina Sundas Dalit Scholarships Fund was established in 2008/09. The fund provides award to two Dalit students (a girl and a boy) every year who pass the SLC examinations with the highest score.

For further information, please contact:
Jagaran Media Center
P.O.Box: 19619
Ph: +977 1 4780597
Fax: +977 1 4782851
Buddhanagar, Kathmandu


Nepal Government and NRNA sign an agreement for a collaborative venture of Open University of Nepal

The Open University of Nepal (OUN) is envisaged as a public university dedicated to breaking geographic and socio-economic barriers that are hindering access to higher education for the people, especially in remote, rural and marginalized population. There is a strong presence of nepaldalitinfo members in the OUN initiative through Dr. Pramod Dhakal, Dr. Drona Rasali, Dr. Bidyanath Koirala and Dr. Madan Pariyar, who are focusing on bringing higher education to Dalits in the rural areas of Nepal.

Kathmandu, October 7, 2010: Ministry of Education (MoE) and Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) signed on a resolution to launch a collaborative venture, Initiative for Open University of Nepal, amidst a high level interaction program held in Kathmandu today.

Dr. Frits Pannekoek, President of International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) and Athabasca University (AU) was the keynote speaker of the program, who shared many valuable experiences gained by open university movement and those by AU. Special attendees of the program were Minister of Education Sarvendra Nath Shukla, President of NRNA Dev Man Hirachan, Vice-Chancellor of Nepal Academy of Science and Technology Dr. Surendra Raj Kaphle, Vice-Chancellor of Tribhuvan University Dr. Madhav Raj Sharma, Vice-Chancellor of Kathmandu University Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma, Secretary of the Minister of Education Deependra Bikram Thapa, Joint Secretary of Planning Janardan Nepal, and Joint Secretary of Higher Education Mahashram Sharma.

In the agreement, Open University of Nepal (OUN) is envisaged as a public university dedicated to breaking geographic and socio-economic barriers that are hindering access to higher education for the people, especially in remote, rural and marginalized population. As legislative instruments are being developed in Nepal, the initiative was launched to build technical capacity in preparation for the establishment of OUN.

The assembly thanked Nepalese scholars, policymakers and ministry officials who have long advocated an open university in Nepal. Also thanked were NRN scholars and NRNs who, through the Canada Foundation for Nepal (CFFN), NeCASE, NRN-Canada, NRN-USA, NRN-SKI and NRNA, galvanized support and developed the environment of collaboration with Athabasca University (AU) and International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE). Contributions of Houston and Ottawa conferences and their outcomes, works of NRNA Open University of Nepal Strategic Committee (OUNSC), and enduring personal contributions made by Dr. Pramod Dhakal, were also recognized.

It was agreed to advance the work of the Initiative for Open University of Nepal in partnership and collaboration between MoE, NRNA, CFFN and AU. And a Steering Committee was formed in the chairmanship of Ministry of Education, with a mandate to create all necessary condition to establish a publicly owned Open University of Nepal. A National Advisory Board was also formed.

The Steering Committee of the Initiative for the Open University of Nepal comprises of the following members:

Chair: Secretary of the Ministry of Education (Mr. Deependra Bikram Thapa)
Vice Chair: President of NRNA (Mr. Dev Man Hirachan)
Member Secretary: Dr. Pramod Dhakal, (Coordinator of NRNA Open University of Nepal Strategic Committee, Member of NRNA-ICC, Executive Director of CFFN,)
Joint Secretary of Planning, Ministry of Education (Mr. Janardan Nepal)
Joint Secretary of Higher Education, Ministry of Education (Mr. Mahashram Sharma)
Executive Director of NRNA Secretariat (Mr. Hom Raj Acharya)
President of Athabasca University (Dr. Frits Pannekoek)
High Level Representative of AU (Dr. Mohamed Ally)
Honourable Dr. David Kilgour (Former Minister and former longest serving MP of Canada)
Hon. Prof. Stephen Lewis (Order of Canada, Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryarson University, former Ambassador to UN, former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa)
Representative of CFFN (Dr. Kalidas Subedi)
Representative of CFFN (Dr. Ishara Mahat)
Dr. Bidya Nath Koirala (TU, Nepal)
Dr. Mahabir Pun (Nepal)
Dr. Ambika Adhikari (USA)
Dr. Drona Rasali (Canada)
Dr. Raju Adhikari (Asia Pacific)
Dr. Krishna Chandra Prasad (Europe)
Dr. Kalyani Rai (Woman Scholar, USA)
Dr. Bidya Ranjeet (Woman Scholar, USA)

Members of the National Advisory Board of the Initiative for the Open University of Nepal are as follows:

Dr. Tirtha Khaniya (Member of National Planning Commission, Nepal)
Vice-President of University Grant Commission
Ambassador to UN (HE Gyan Chandra Acharya)
Ambassador to USA (HE Dr. Shankar P Sharma)
Ambassador to Canada (HE Dr. Bhoj Raj Ghimire)
Ambassador to Australia (HE Yogendra Dhakal)
Ambassador to Germany
Ambassador to United Kingdom
Representative of Ministry of Finance
Representative of Ministry of Law
Vice President of High Level Commission for Information Technology (Mr. Manohar Bhattarai)
Vice Chancellor of Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (Dr. Surendra Raj Kaphle)
Vice Chancellor of Tribhuvan University (Dr. Madhav Prasad Sharma)
Vice Chancellor of Kathmandu University (Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma)
Vice Chancellor of Pokhara University (Dr. Keshar Jung Baral)
Chief Patron of NRNA (Dr. Upendra Mahato)
Dr. Mana Wagle (Education Expert, Nepal)
Dr. Bishwa Nath Prasad Agrawal (Nepal)
Dr. Hridaya Bajracharya (Nepal)
Dr. Madan Pariyar (Nepal)
Dr. Sujan Acharya (Nepal)
MP Gagan Thapa (proponent OUN Bill)
MP Rabindra Bhattarai (proponent OUN Bill)
MP Keshab Nepal (proponent OUN Bill)

The resolution stated that the OUN will be based on the principles that: universal access to education should be available to all, regardless of citizens’ position in the socio-economic strata and geo-ethno locus; education programs and services should meet national and international standards; collaboration, resource sharing, efficiency, choices and innovation in education should be encouraged for sustainable growth of the institution.

Himalayan Times: Resolution to launch Open Univ of Nepal inked
Global Nepal: Open University of Nepal NRNA signs Open University agreement with MoE


Dalit girl gets financial support for education

News Source: REPUBLICA

SURKHET, Oct 3: Tej Bahadur Pariyar, a businessman from Chitawan-11, has provided a Dalit girl who was denied admission in a nursing college Rs 55,000.

Laxmi Pariyar had been denied admission at Surkhet Education Development Academy (SEDA) even after passing entrance examinations as her father was not able to afford Rs 144,000 for her admission.

Her father is a tailor by profession. Similarly, some other institutions and individuals have also provided her financial support.

“I am thankful to everyone who helped me,” said Laxmi.



  • Om Prakash VK Gahatraj  On October 12, 2010 at 11:08 am

    On October 7, 2010: Ministry of Education (MoE) and Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) signed on a resolution to launch a collaborative venture, Initiative for Open University of Nepal, amidst a high level interaction program held in Kathmandu. President of Athabasca University Dr. Frits Pannekoek also deliuvered his speech nearly for half an hour. Many of the speakers including Dr.Pannekoek emphasised on the significance of the OUN for marginalised group epecially for Dalits. I also attended the gathering but still am cofused how Dalit students could be benefited from OUN. Today’s literacy rate of Dalit is 47 %, that is 8 % back of the national average. This back is mainly due to economic backwardness of Dalit family and social discrimination in the nepalese sociaty. These main problems has not been addressed by any authority till now. Neither it has been accepted a need to address it particularly. Same situation remains for Dalit students in OUN process of education also. Then how could Dalit students be benefited from the OUN process of education if the economic and social condition remains the same. Could any provision be formulated to emancipate Dalit students from those upcoming barries and facilitate them to have educational degrees comfortably through OUN. Could any body answer these queries?

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