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:
migration, sociolinguistic and cultural studies of Nepal and other Asian countries
The following are the priority areas of the centre’s research:
Currently CNAS has the following academic administrative manpower:
|Professor||Nep. History, Culture and Archaeology||1|
|Deputy Account Controller||1|
|Technical Officer (Computer)||1|
|Chief Office Assistant||3|
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:
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-