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AIT receives proposal for establishing campus in Nepal

Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) is already getting suitors with proposals to establish campuses in various countries. A delegation from Nepal submitted a proposal on 16 July 2010 to establish an AIT center in Nepal.

AIT receives proposal for establishing campus in Nepal

Dr. Sriram Bhagut Mathe

The delegation led by Dr. Sriram Bhagut Mathe, Chairman, Nepal Education Foundation, and Former Dean, Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University (TU), Nepal, submitted their proposal for establishing the proposed center. The proposal was presented to the AIT President, Prof. Said Irandoust at a meeting held at AIT. It has been submitted by Nepal Education Foundation (NEF) in collaboration with Consortium of Colleges, Nepal (CCN).

The AIT President welcomed the initiative and stated that AIT will be inviting proposals from various countries which will be referred to a reference group. The strongest proposal would be accepted, he said. He emphasized that internationality was a significant component of AIT’s branding, and all AIT centers should not only have international students, but also international faculty and staff.

Dr. Mathe stated that they were keen to initiate a collaborative program with AIT at the earliest. The President welcomed the initiate stating that the collaborative program can be launched earlier, while the issue of establishment of a separate AIT campus at Nepal will be deliberated in conjunction with other similar proposals. Dr. Mathe revealed that they had formed a consortium of three colleges and had pooled their resources.He added that their proposal required no capital investment from AIT.

Mr. Umesh Shrestha, Chairman, LA College of Higher Studies (LACHS), added that they had already acquired some land for launching such a venture. Mr. Pramod S. S. Pradhan, former President of the Nepal Chapter of the AIT Alumni Association, and Chairperson of NITI and SAIT, described Kathmandu as an ideal location for hosting an AIT Center. “We are happy that we are the first alumni to come up with such a proposal," he remarked.

Later the delegation held discussions with Prof. Dennes T. Bergado, Director (Unified Programs) regarding a unified Bachelor's-Master's program. They also discussed the possibility of an undergraduate program with the School of Engineering and Technology (SET).

The delegation from Nepal also included Dr. Madan Manandhar, Director, LACHS and Principal, LA College of Management and former Director, Nepal Administrative Staff College; Rajesh Shrestha, Chief Financial Controller, LACHS; and Ms. Shristi Limbu, Corporate Director, LACHS.

Apart from the Prof. Irandoust, the AIT team which met the delegation included Prof. Joydeep Dutta, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dr. Pritam. K. Shrestha, Head, External Relations and Communications Office (ERCO); Mr. Karma Rana, Institute Secretary and Ms. Sumana Shrestha, Program Officer, ERCO.