International Conference on Challenges and Prospects of Quality Education in Nepal in Federalism Era, Feb 23-24, 2018

Feb 23-24, 2018

 

Jointly organised by

  1. Tribhuvan University Nepal
  2. Kathmandu University Nepal
  3. Pokhara University Nepal
  4. Purbanchal University Nepal
  5. Mid-Western University Nepal
  6. Far-Western University
  7. Open University Nepal
  8. Liverpool John Moore University UK
  9. Bournemouth University UK
  10. The University of Sheffield UK
  11. California State University USA
  12. Global Policy Forum for Nepal
  13. Higher Institutions and Secondary Schools' Association Nepal (HISSAN)

 

Supported and managed by

Higher Institutions and Secondary Schools' Association Nepal (HISSAN)

 

BACKGROUND

Nepal is in a transition period, reforming its existing central national system to adopt a federal model.  There is an ongoing discussion with attempts to devise a viable model to serve the nation. For example, in educational sector, the national government has a leading role among other non-governmental education stakeholders including -private institutions, cooperatives and foundations in the restructuring process. In the existing system, private institutions are playing a vital role in complimenting the endeavours of the government in providing quality education all the way from primary schooling to the university level. These institutions are preparing students and faculties to participate fully in the kind of education that responds to the demands with the highest human values and aspirations. Meanwhile, promoting research communication among faculty and students at national and international level has always been the focus.

The large body of evidence suggests that an effective educational infrastructure is vital in providing quality education. There is need for innovation in education through encouraging a learning environment that incorporates problem solving and critical thinking. The process of political restructuring offers a unique opportunity to improve our education system.

We propose an international conference to be held in February 2018 to bring scholars (researchers/educationalists) from universities in Nepal and abroad together with policy makers to discuss educational practice and research and ways of organising and providing education to cater for the need of Nepal. The discussions will revolve around contentious issues on the quality education in federalism era and designing future strategies to address the need of Nepal in global context and research to advancing the field.

THEMATIC AREA

1. Teaching and Learning

2. Research and Scholarship

3. Social and Global Engagement

Within these themes, we will cover discipline specific issues, for example:

  1. Science, Engineering and Technology
  2. Health Sciences
  3. Management , Humanities and Social Science

 

CONFERENCE DESIGN

  • Key note speeches
  • Paper presentations/poster presentations to allow more productive interaction and sharing
  • Panel discussions
  • Symposium
  • Satellite meetings
  • Exhibitions
  • Sponsored sessions
  • Participants: scholars in the field of sciences, engineering  and technology, health sciences, humanities, social sciences and  management

 

 

TENTATIVE PROGRAMME

Day 1

Feb 23, 2018

8:00 -9:00: REGISTRATION

9:00-10:30: INAGURATION

10:30-11:00- TEA BREAK

11:00-11:30: KEY NOTE SPEECH-1

11:30-12:00- KEY NOTE SPEECH-2

12:00-1:00- PARALLEL SESSIONS ON FOLLOWING THEMES

  1. Science, Engineering and Technology
  2. Health Sciences
  3. Management , Humanities and Social Science

1:00-2:00-LUNCH

2:00-5:00- PARALLEL SESSIONS ON FOLLOWING THEMES

  1. Science, Engineering and Technology
  2. Health Sciences
  3. Management , Humanities and Social Science

2:00-5:00- Global Policy Forum for Nepal Symposium

6:30 Cultural program followed by DINNER

 

Day 2

Feb 24, 2018

8:00-9:00 AM: TEA/COFFE

9:00-10:30: KEY NOTE SPEECH-3

10:30-11:00    KEY NOTE SPEECH-4

11:00-1:00- PARALLEL SESSIONS ON FOLLOWING THEMES

  1. Science, Engineering and Technology
  2. Health Sciences
  3. Management , Humanities and Social Science

1:00-2:00-LUNCH

2:00-4:00- PARALLEL SESSIONS ON FOLLOWING THEMES

  1. Science, Engineering and Technology
  2. Health Sciences
  3. Management , Humanities and Social Science

4:00-4:30-KEY NOTE SPEECH-5

4:30-5:30- CLOSING CEREMONY

 

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Call for the abstract- 1 August 2017
  • Symposium proposal  submission opens: 15 August 2017
  • Abstract / Symposium proposal  submission deadline-20 January   2018
  • Early registration closes- 15 January  2018
  • Pre-conference Press-Meet: 22 Feb 2018

 

Registration Fee

Category

Up to 1 Jan 2018

2Jan to 30 Jan 2018

After  31 Jan 2018  and onsite

Overseas Participants

USD 200

USD 250

USD 300

SAARC Participants

USD 100

USD  150

USD 200

Nepali participants

Nrs. 5000

Nrs. 6000

Nrs. 7000

 

 

 

 

 

Call for the abstract and Symposium:

Participants wishing to present their research in the themes mentioned above are invited to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentation. Guidelines for the abstract submission can be found in the website of the conference.

Symposium proposals: Symposium proposals are invited for suitable topics related to quality education as per the themes mentioned above. Each symposium session is 60 Minutes with up to 4 speakers.  To apply to host the symposiums please connect with the organiser in the email mentioned in the website.

STEERING COMMITTEE

CHIEF ADVISOR:  Hon Gopal Man Shrestha, Deputy Prime-Minister and Education Minister

CHAIR:  Prof. Tirtha Khaniya VC, Tribhuvan University Nepal

MEMBERS

  1. Chair, University Grant Commission
  2. VC, Kathmandu University Nepal
  3. VC, Pokhara University Nepal
  4. VC, Purbanchal University Nepal
  5. VC , Mid-Western University Nepal
  6. VC, Far Western University Nepal
  7. VC , Open University Nepal
  8. Prof Jib Raj Pokharel VC  NAST
  9. Secretary, Ministry of Education
  10. Secretary Ministry of health
  11. Dr Edward Harcourt, Pro-Vice-Chancellor  Liverpool John Moore University, UK
  12. Dr. Neil Ruiz, Dean of Law, GWU  USA
  13. Prof. Vanora Hundley Deputy Dean Research and Professional Practice Bournemouth University UK
  14. Prof. Edwin van Teijlingen,  Bournemouth University UK
  15. Prof Brad H. Pollock University of California, Davis
  16. Dr Andrew Lee, The University of Sheffield UK
  17. Prof Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma
  18. Prof Kedar Bhakta Mathema
  19. Prof. Dr. Kamal Krishna Joshi
  20. Prof. Dr. Bhagwan Koirala
  21. Prof. Dr Sanduik Ruit
  22. Mr. Mahabir Pun
  23. Dr Yub Raj Khatiwada
  24. Dr. Chirinjivi Nepal
  25. Mr. Kulman Gishing
  26. Hon. Umesh  Shrestha
  27. Hon. Dr. Babu Ram  Pokharel
  28. Hon. Geeta  Rana
  29. Prof. Dr Chet Raj Pant
  30. Prof. Dr Arjun Karki
  31. Prof. Dr Ramesh K Adhikari
  32. Prof. Dr. Hemang Dixit
  33. Prof. Tara Pokharel
  34. Dr Ram P. Shrestha

MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

Chair: Ramesh Silwal, Chairperson HISSAN

Secretary: Navaraj Pandey, HISSAN

Members: Umesh Thapa

                

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

Chair : Prof Dr Padam Simkhada, Liverpool John Moores University UK

Secretary: Dr Sujan B Marahatta, Associate Professor MMIHS/Tribhuvan University and Visiting Faculty Liverpool John Moores University UK

Members : Prof Edwin van Teijlingen Bournemouth University UK

Prof Luc de Witte, ScHARR The University of Sheffield UK

Prof. Dr. Cyril Blavo, Nova Southeastern University Florida, USA

Prof Brad H. Pollock University of California, Davis

Dr Simon Rushton The University of Sheffield, UK

Prof Donald Peterson, Utah University USA

Kathy Peterson , Utah University USA

Prof  Upendra Acharya- Gonzaga University, USA

Prof. Laura C Bishop, Liverpool John Moores University UK

Dr. Andrew C Lee, The University of Sheffield UK

Dr Jaranit Kaewkungwal Faculty of Topical Medicine, Mahidol University Thailand

Prof. Kedar Rijal, Head of Department Environmental Sciences Tribhuvan University

Prof.  Chandrakala Sharma, Tribhuvan University    

Dr. Bishow P. Shrisvastav

Prof Madhav Koirala

Prof Yadhav Koirala

Prof Dr. Madhav Baral

Dr. Dinesh Bhuju

Prof. Indra Tiwari

Prof Prem K Khatri

Prof Radheshyam Pradan

Prof Puskar Bajracharya

Dr Ajaya Bikram Sthapit

Rajan Poudyal

Dr Nar B Bista

Yubraj Sharma

Kapil Regmi

 

TIME PLAN

  • Concept finalization / formation of  committee : 15 June 2017
  • First public announcement: 15 June  2017
  • First meeting of the committee 29 June 2017
  • Selection of the Key note speaker and send invitation-30 June 2017
  • First draft of the conference brocherue-30 June 2017
  • Guideline for  the abstract -15 July 2017
  • Call for the abstract- 1 September 2017
  • Symposium proposal  submission opens: 15 September 2017
  • Reconfirmation of the Key note speaker –September  2017
  • Second meeting of the committee and second announcement -15September  2017
  • Third meeting of the committee and third announcement-16 November 2017
  • Early bird registration-15 November 2017
  • Abstract / Symposium proposal  submission deadline- 25 January 2018
  • Fourth Meeting -1 Jan 2018
  • Finalization of the program: 30 Jan 2019
  • Conference preceding: -1 Feb 2018
  • Fifth Meeting -15 Feb 2018
  • Meeting of the advisory committee: 20 Feb 2018
  • Pre-conference Press-Meet: 22 Feb 2018