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Brief History of Lumbini Buddhist University
Th e fi rst World Buddhist Summit held in Lumbini from 30th November to 2nd December,1998 proposed to establish a Buddhist university in Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, to impart standard education on Buddhist Philosophy, Literature and Culture, and the Lumbini Declaration, issued at the conclusion of the Summit, requested the Nepal government to take immediate action in this direction. Accordingly, the Lumbini Development Trust constituted a seven-member Preparatory Committee with Prof. Tulasi Ram Vaidya as convener and Ven. Sudarshan Mahasthavir, Ngawang Hoser Lama, Pt. Badri Ratna Bajracharya, Prof. Mohan Prasad Lohani, Prof. Tri Ratna Manandhar and Mr. Min Bahadur Shakya as members. Finally, on 14th Marga 2061 B.S. (29th November 2004), Lumbini Buddhist University was formally established with the promulgation of an Ordinance. Later in 2006, the Parliament approved the Ordinance with modifi cations as Lumbini Buddhist University Act (Lumbini Bauddha Vishwavidyalaya Ain 2063).
Appointment of the VC, Registrar and Dean
After the promulgation of the Lumbini University Ordinance, the government of Nepal appointed Prof. Tulasi Ram Vaidya as the fi rst Vice Chancellor on 4 August 2005. Similarly, Mr. Kedar Shakya was appointed as the Registrar on 31st August 2005. Upon the resignation of the latter, Prof. Khadga Man Shrestha succeeded him as the Registrar on 26th November 2007. As the university started working, Prof. Shanker Th apa of Central Department of History, Tribhuvan University was appointed as the Dean of LBU on 6th February 2009. Th enafter, University Council, Executive Council and the Academic Council were also constituted under the Act. With the implementation of Lumbini Bauddha Vishwavidyalaya Niyam -2067 (Lumbini Buddhist University Rules - 2010), a Research Committee was formed in July 2010 to regulate research programmes conducted by the university.
After the retirement of the fi rst Vice Chancellor, a selection committee was formed by the Chancellor to recommend a new VC for appointment. Consequently, Prof. Tri Ratna Manandhar, former Professor of History, Tribhuvan University, was appointed the second Vice Chancellor of Lumbini Buddhist University. Prof. Manandhar was formerly Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Tribhuvan University and also worked in various capacities including a member of the National Curriculum Council, and also a member of the Royal Nepal Academy (Prajna Sabha). Prof. Manandhar joined the University as the Vice Chancellor on 12th March 2010.
Initial Activities of LBU
LBU started its initial activities with a Liaison Offi ce at Bhrikuti Mandap, Kathmandu. An inspection team was sent by the university to explore viable land at Devdaha. Later, the LBU Sahayog Samiti - Devdaha proceeded to get possession right of 155 bighas of land at Devdaha. However, the procurement is not yet completed. In December 2008, a special core group was constituted with Ven. Ananda as the Convener to develop LBU as an international centre of Buddhist learning and research.
A Resource Mobilization Seminar was held on 8th March 2009 at Lumbini attended by distinguished persons including the VC, Registrar and Dean of LBU, Member-Secretary of UGC, Vice Chairman and MemberSecretary of Lumbini Development Trust, Treasurer of Devadaha Development Committee and others. Registrar Dr. Khadga Man Shrestha presented a working paper, and the participants off ered various suggestions on it.
Renovation of University Building at Lumbini
For the use of the university, the government of Nepal has made available a piece of land at Parsa Chauraha, Tenuhawa VDC in Lumbini. In July 2009, the government handed over the right of possession
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of the land to the university. Th e total area of the land is 2-3-11 bighas. LBU has renovated an old dilapidated building there at the cost of 1.5 million rupees. Th e building may be used for administrative as well as other purposes. At present, the University central offi ce has been located there.
As per the need of the university, LBU has submitted a detailed proposal for the construction of an academic building as well as residential blocks to the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Culture. Till date, the progress in this connection is almost non-existent.
Until April 2009, the university administration was operated from its Kathmandu offi ce. As the university has to be located in Lumbini, its central offi ce was established in a rented house in Siddhartha Nagar. After completion of renovation of its building, the university central offi ce has now moved to Lumbini. LBU has been doing utmost eff ort to fi nd resources for the construction of necessary buildings and the development of the University.
First Meeting of the University Council
Th e fi rst meeting of the University Council was held on 27th June 2010 under the chairmanship of Rt. Hon. Prime Minister and Chancellor Mr. Madhav Kumar Nepal at Singha Durbar. Th e Vice Chancellor, in his welcome speech requested the council members for their valuable opinion and suggestions to make the University an international centre of Buddhist education and research. He also requested the Nepal government to provide support for the construction of academic and administrative buildings, residential blocks and other necessary wings to start Master's degree programme next year.
Th e Registrar of the University presented the proposed budget for the fi scal year 2067/68 B.S., and a proposal to endorse the previous budgets and the decisions of the Executive Council. Likewise, the Dean proposed to establish the central campus at Lumbini, and start Ph. D. and Master's programmes. Th e Council members discussed every agenda with great interest and unanimously passed the proposals.
Th e Vice Chancellor presented the draft rules of Lumbini Buddhist University 2010 for approval.
After discussion, the Council passed the regulation by constituting a committee to make necessary amendments in the draft within a week. Finally, the rules were approved.
While addressing the Council meeting, Pro Chancellor of the university, Hon. Minister of Education Mr. Sarvendra Nath Shukla, expressed hope that the university will make successful implementation of its academic programmes, and assured to provide possible help from the government.
In his formal address from the chair, the Chancellor of the University, Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Mr. Madhav Kumar Nepal congratulated the concerned authorities for the successful conclusion of the fi rst meeting of the University Council. He directed the University authorities to concentrate on diff erent aspects of Buddhist Studies, so as to make the University a centre of learning and research on Buddhist studies.
Donation of Books
Various persons have shown their good will to Lumbini Buddhist University by donating books on diff erent aspects of Buddhism.1. More than 100 books on history and culture,
specially related to Buddhist Archaeology, from the collection of Late Babu Krishna Rijal have been donated to LBU by Mrs. Mallika Rijal.
2. 100 Books on diff erent aspects of Buddhism specially the Tibetan Buddhism have been donated to LBU by Mr. Ratna Shrestha, a bookseller from Th amel, Kathmandu.
3. Fifty-Six hardbound volumes of Tripitaka written in Devanagari script have been handed over to LBU by Mr. Bekha Ratna Shakya, a former Mayor of Lalitpur Municipality.
4. More than 50 books on diff erent aspects of Buddhism have been donated to LBU by Mr. Min Bahadur Shakya, Director of Nagarjuna Institute of Exact Method and member of the Academic Council of LBU.
5. Few books on diff erent aspects of Buddhism have been donated by Ven. Sangharakshita to LBU.
6. Hon. Anurapriyadarshana Yapa, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources of Sri Lanka, handed over sixteen volumes of Encyclopaedia University Council Meeting
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of Buddhism to the Vice Chancellor of LBU at a function held at Lotus Research Centre, Lalitpur, on 17th September 2010. Hon. Anurapriyadarshana Yapa has expressed his satisfaction in providing the Encyclopaedia as a gift from his country to the Lumbini Buddhist University. Th e Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Nepal H.E. Th osapala Hewage expressed his desire to support LBU in every possible ways. Th e Vice Chancellor expressed his gratitude to the Sri Lankan Minister and the Ambassador for their valuable gift to the LBU Library. Th e Encyclopaedia of Buddhism has been considered to be a most comprehensive and classic work on Buddhism.
Ph. D. Programme of LBU
Th e fi rst University Council meeting has instituted academic programmes of LBU. Th e programmes include BA PG Diploma, M.A., Ph. D., and other short term programmes. As LBU is dedicated to conduct various academic programmes, the university decided to start with Ph. D. programme. Th e Faculty of Buddhist Studies planned and introduced the programme in July 2010. Twenty fi ve research scholars are permitted for temporary registration for Ph. D. after careful evaluation of submitted research proposals.
List of Ph. D. Candidates and Tentative Titles of Research
Ajay Kranti Shakya - Kathmanduka Bahilaka Shakyahar ko Samskriti ek Adhyayan.Arpan Subedi - Application of Buddhist Philosophy in Contemporary Nepali LiteratureBhesh Nath Sapkota - Human Development in Nepal