In 1966 the Tribhuvan University Syndicate apprehended a plan to form the Institute of Nepalology (Nepal Adhayan Samsthan) to study and to facilitate to studies on Nepali history, culture, art, religion,Tantra, language, literature and the like in order to project an authentic replica of Nepal both at the national and international level.
In 1968, institute of Nepalology, which was still a plan in principle, was renamed in the Institute of Nepal studies. In 1969, Institute of Nepal Studies actually came into formal existence. The committee was formed under the chairmanship of the Vice-Chancellor, and subcommittees of History, culture, Nepali, Literature and Sanskrit were also set up. On July 16, 1972 Institute of Nepal and Asian Studies (CNAS) - a teaching and research institute - replaced the Institute of Nepal Studies under the provision of the Tribhuvan University Act, 1971.
On September 8, 1977 the Institute was converted into the Centre for Nepal and Asian Studies (CNAS) a non-teaching Centre so that it could concentrate on the research. The Centre functions under Executive Director who is both its academics and administrative head.
The Centre publishes the books that present views, ideas and foster critical inquiry. The publication of CNAS is rare and is of unique materials. The Centre also published a bi-annual journal 'Contribution to Nepalese Studies' focusing on art and archaeology, history, historical-cultural forms, religion, folk studies, socials structure, national integration, ethnic studies, population dynamics, institutional processes, development processes, foreign policy, diplomacy, applied linguistics and socio-linguistics studies. It is a multi-disciplinary research Centre with a team of 11 full-time researchers from the different disciplines such as Sociology, Anthropology, History, Culture, Economics and Nepali language. To support these faculty, 19 support staffs are working at the Centre.
Objectives of the Centre
- To plan and conduct research on the problems of national integration and the impact of the modernizations.
- To promote and undertake studies on current development issues, ethnic diversities, tradition and change in political values, and cultural studies of Nepal and in other Asian countries.
- To undertake issue specific research on the environmental studies, gender studies, population studies, and migration studies, applied linguistics and sociolinguistic studies.
- To encourage academic exchanges with other research organizations both within and outside Nepal.
- To act as a venue for contact, affiliation and coordination of research activities of Nepalese and foreign scholars working on Nepalese studies
- To organize national as well as international seminars on current political and security issues;
- To disseminate research works on Nepal through publications.
The Centre gives priorities to research programmes and activities designed to
- Analyze the structure of Nepalese societies and to examine linkages that hold them as a nation
- Study the social response to the development programmes and its implications in terms of various policy options
- Assess Nepal’s political role and aspirations in the context of the Asian developments in general and neighboring countries in particular
- Examine localized Nepalese societies to arrive at fuller appreciation and understanding of those aspects of traditional cultures that contribute to the national identity.
The Centre holds glorious history, as it is in 67th position in the top 100 think tanks in Southeast Asia and the Pacific region according to the Pennsylvania University survey 2019. To conduct archetypal research, the Centre has received 50 million Nrs from the Nepal Government during the time of Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba in 2017 to set up a CNAS Research Endowment Fund. Faculty mini-research has been carried out, talk programmes, national and international seminars are organizing at the Centre. In 2018, annual fellowship programmes have been set up in the name of four CNAS veterans Prayag Raj Sharma, Dor Bahadur Bista, Kumar Khadga Bikram Shah and Dhana Vajhra Bhajhracharya and a Ph.D. fellowship for a Ph.D. student who is enrolled in Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Office at Tribhuvan University. Similarly, since 2018, CNAS has revived India, China and Japan Desks. The Centre conducts independent research in the humanities and social sciences domains. The main substantive activities at the Centre have been carried out by the research wings called faculty while the administrative and documentation units provide support services.
The Centre has been hosting both degree and non-degree foreign students and scholars for their research work in Nepal. Similarly, the Centre has singed MoU with several Asian and American universities.
- Culture and Heritage Studies : Art and archaeology, history, historical cultural forms; religion; folk studies.
- Social Change and Development Studies: Social Structure, national integration, ethnic studies, population dynamics, institutional processes, development processes, applied linguistics and sociolinguistic studies.
- Himalayan Studies: Study of man, environment, development, and geopolitical setting of the Indus-Brahmaputra regions.
- Nepalese Political Studies: Regional studies, Study of Institutions, process and international relations.
- South and East Asian Studies: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives , China and Japan.
Dr.Mirgendra Bahadur Karki
Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal
P.O. Box 3757
Tel: 977-1-4332078 /977-1-4331740/ 977-1-4333223