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Centre for Nepal and Asian Studies (CNAS)


CNAS, originally established as the Institute of Nepal Studies in 1969, was renamed as the Institute of Nepal and Asian Studies in 1972 with both teaching and research activities responsibility. In 1977, the institute was converted into a research centre and was named as the Centre for Nepal and Asian Studies (CNAS). CNAS is a statutory research centre under Tribhuvan University for conducting independent research and deliberation on issues and studies in social sciences. The main substantive activity at the centre is carried out by the research wings called Faculty while the administrative and documentation centre provides support services. CNAS is a multidisciplinary research centre with a team of 16 full-time researchers.


The objectives of the centre are as follows:

  • To study political, social, economic, humanitarian and other challenges of national integration from diverse disciplinary perspectives
  • To promote and undertake studies on current development issues, ethnic diversities, gender,

migration, sociolinguistic and cultural studies of Nepal and other Asian countries

  • To encourage and maintain international academic exchange, affiliation and coordination of research activities of Nepali and foreign scholars
  • To organize national and international seminars, conferences and disseminate its research works in various publications

Research  Priority

The  following  are  the  priority  areas  of  the centre’s research:

  • Study and assess the social response  to development programmes and its implications in terms of various policy options
  • Examine localized Nepali societies to arrive at fuller appreciation and understanding of traditional cultures that contribute to national identity
  • Conflict studies, security of small states, politics, development and inter-state relations in South Asia
  • Area studies, particularly political economic and strategic developments in the Asian region

Human Resources

Currently  CNAS  has  the  following  academic administrative manpower:

Academic Staff:


Position Discipline Nos.
Professor Political Science 3
Professor Nep. History, Culture and Archaeology 1
Reader Sociology 1
Reader History 4
Reader Linguistics 1
Reader Anthropology 1
Reader Political Science 1
Lecturer Political Science 1
Lecturer History 1
Lecturer Economics 1
Lecturer Nepali 1


Administrative Staff:


Position Nos.
Deputy Administrator 2
Deputy Account Controller 1
Library Officer 1
Technical Officer (Computer) 1
Section Officer 2
Chief Office Assistant 3
Logistic Staff 13


Current  Activities

Master’s ofArts in Social Work (MSW) programme

The Centre and Dean’s office of Humanities and Social Sciences has agreed to run MSW Programme at CNAS since 2013. Behind the agreement to set up the programme at CNAS, there are two aims. First, since it is a Master’s programme, TU was interested to run this programme within the boundary of University Campus, Kirtipur. Even though MSW programme does not have a Central Department at this moment, the future plan is to develop it as a Central Department of TU. Second, CNAS holds relatively rich material infrastructure to run classes immediately and to provide an excellent academic

environment, for example, by giving opportunity for publication in CNAS Journal, Contributions to Nepalese Studies, which is one of the most circulated Nepali academic journals across the world since 1973.


Foreign scholars affiliated with the Centre are doing their research work on various field and subjects pertaining to Nepal. They include:

  • National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), UPR 299 Environment, Society and Culture in the Himalayas, France
  • Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation, Hiroshima University,
  • Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Oxford University,
  • The School for international training, Vermount, USA
  • Nityananda Institute, Oregon, USA
  • Centre for International exchange and Cooperation, Andong National University, South

Publications and Research Activities

So far, CNAS has produced more than 300 publications substantially contributing to the knowledge and understanding of Nepali society, culture, history, linguistics, contemporary politics and Asian studies.

Its biannual multi-disciplinary journal, Contributions to Nepalese Studies, has been publishing articles (both in English and Nepali) since 1973 and has remained the single most important journal of Nepalese Studies within Nepal and abroad. The latest issue published in 2014 is Vol.40, No. 2.



Dr.Mirgendra Bahadur Karki
Executive Director CNAS, TU

Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal

P.O. Box 3757

Tel:    977-1-4332078    /977-1-4331740/    977-1-


Fax: 977-1-4331184

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