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US-NPRC's 2019 Conference

"Technology for development, transparency and good governance."

Can technology be applied to solve some of Nepal's challenges including fighting corruption?

Technological solutions have played an essential role in helping to solve some of the world's significant challenges.  Can technology be applied to solve some of Nepal's challenges including fighting corruption, and establishing good governance and robust institutions?

The US-Nepal Policy Research Center (US-NPRC) intends to explore the expert ideas on how technology and robust institutions could strengthen inclusive socio-economic development and fight corruption and establish good governance in Nepal. US-NPRC cordially invites all members, scholars, professionals, and institutions to attend and participate in its annual policy and development conference "Technology for development, transparency and good governance."

The conference organizing committee also requests all to submit full-length or work-in-progress papers or abstracts or poster or proposals on the relevant topics: Technology, development, good governance. This conference is a continuation of the previous three conferences held by US-NPRC in Chicago (2016), Washington D.C. (2017), and Boston (2018).

Abstracts due: May 20th, 2019

Conference date & time: Saturday, May 25, 2019; 9 AM PST

Location: The Faculty Club, University of California, Berkeley @ The Faculty Club: https://www.berkeleyfacultyclub.com/default.aspx?p=DynamicModule&PageId=353798&ssid=317756&vnf=1

Nearest airport: a) Oakland International Airport (OAK); b) San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

Nearest Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART): Berkeley Downtown BART

Please send your abstract as an attachment to usnprc@gmail.com

Conference topics:

Oral presentations or posters or proposals may include, but not limited to, the following topics of interest:

  • Technology for transparency & good governance.
  • Policy options and needed reforms to improve the quality of life, create jobs, enhance institutions for economic opportunities, and inclusive growth in Nepal.
  • Science, technology (including biotechnology), innovation, and infrastructure to drive smart and inclusive growth.
  • The importance of organizations (actors, players), institutions (rules), and institutionalization of institutions (systems) for the smart and inclusive growth.
  • Education, environment, health, agriculture, energy, youth employment, and women empowerment for smart, and inclusive growth.
  • Social and business entrepreneurship to produce private and social values and enhance smart and inclusive economic growth.
  • Creative financing options (e.g., cooperatives, micro-finance, crowdfunding, foreign direct investment) to drive smart and inclusive economic growth.
  • Interdisciplinary research and data (big data or open data) for smart and inclusive growth.
  • The role of the diaspora in national development.

Other relevant topics are also welcome!

Submission deadline (full-length or work-in-progress papers or abstracts or poster or proposals):

The abstract submission deadline is May 20, 2019. We expect that the authors whose abstracts are accepted will confirm their participation by May 22, 2019, and submit a copy of their full paper or work-in-progress papers or abstracts by May 24, 2019.

Submission guidelines and other details:

Abstract:

Word limit: 500 words; Font: Times New Roman; Title: Bold, size: 14; Author’s names (including co-authors), affiliations, email address: Italics, size 10; E-mail of the corresponding author: italics, size 10; Abstract Text (Body): size 12;Keywords: 3 – 5 words, italic, size 12

Note: Please italicize and underline where appropriate (e.g., Italicize species’ name)

Proposal Contents:

Word limit: Extended Abstract 1-3 pages (including title, authors, affiliations, acknowledgment, references, etc.); Font: Times New Roman; Title: Bold, size: 14; Affiliations: Italics, size 10; Abstract Text (Body): size 12; Keywords: 3 – 5 words (to appear after abstract text), italic, size 12

Poster:

Standard format (usable area): 3.75’ (45’’) x 7.75’ (93”). The minimum size recommended is 24 inches by 36 inches; Title: Bold, size: ~25; Affiliations: Italics, size ~15; Abstract Text (Body): Font: ~20-point font so that attendees can read the content from 4 to 5 feet or more; Keywords: 3 – 5 words (to appear after abstract text), italic, size 15

Submission:

Please send the abstracts, paper or proposal to usnprc@gmail.com as an attached Word document (.doc or docx) to usnprc@gmail.com. For up-to-date information on the symposium, please visit the website http://www.usnprc.org/)

US-NPRC's 2018 Conference

"Institutionalizing the Human Capital for Inclusive Development."

3rd Annual Conference

Institutionalizing the Human Capital for Inclusive Development

Saturday, August 25, 2018, At Harvard Medical School 260 Longwood Ave, Boston, MA 02115

Program Schedule

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM: Light Breakfast

8:15 AM – 12:00 Noon: On-Site Registration

9:00 AM - 10 AM: Conference Opening

1. Welcome remarks: Amod K. Pokhrel, Ph.D.; Chairperson, US-NPRC

2. Conference theme presentation, “Institutionalizing human capital for economic development” by Surendra R Devkota. Ph.D.

3. Follow-up work of the previous conference: “Establishing agriculture commodity exchange market in Nepal” by Aalok Devkota

4. Member-Secretary/Executive Officer’s Report by Arjun Banjade, Ph.D.; MS/EO, US-NPRC

10:00 AM - 10:15 AM: Tea Break 10:15 AM – 11:00 AM:

Session I Session Title: Institution & Local Government, Session Chair: Rajan Pant, Ph.D.

1. "Building scientific capacity in Nepal?" by Yadav Pandit, Ph.D.

2. “Constitution of Nepal and local government” by Ramchandra Pokhrel

3. “Running Indrawati rural municipality” by Bansa Lal Tamang, Municipality Chief

4. "2020 U.S. Census overview” by Amitabh Das, Ph.D. Partnership specialist U.S. Bureau of Census

11:00 AM - 12:00: Session II Agriculture, Foreign Direct Investment, and Economic Development Session Chair: Arjun Banjade, Ph.D.

1. “Foreign Direct Investment in Nepal” by Shikhar Bhattarai

2. “Rubber farming in Nepal” by Tilak Bhandari, Ph.D.

3. “Economic cost of education inequality in Nepal” by Kul Kapri, Ph.D.

4. “Adult Learning and degree completion” by Sekhar Regmi, Ed.D.

12:00 - 1:00 PM: Lunch Break   1:00 AM - 2:00 PM: Session III Session Title: Health and Development Session Chair: Jagadamba Adhikaree

1. "What modality of family planning training would work in Nepal" by Laxmi Bilas Acharya, Ph.D.

2. "Nervous system in infection and host defense mechanism” by Pankaj Baral

3. “Focus on human capital in health care in Nepal” by Kobid Dahal & Jagadamba Adhikaree

4. “Creating mental health awareness in Nepali speaking Bhutanese refugee” by Mukesh Baral

2:00 PM- 2:30 PM: Session IV Session Title: Diaspora, Science & Information Technology Session Chair: Desh Raj Sanyok, Ph.D. P.E.

1. “Balancing multiple loyalties: Diaspora and homeland” by Bishnu Ghimire

2. Nepal’s development challenges: Through the prism of Indo-Nepal relations” by Shiva Hari Dahal, Ph.D.

3. "Attracting information technology in Nepal" by Ajit Baral

4. " Detection of Explosives by Electrogenerated Chemiluminescence” by Suman Parajuli, Ph.D.

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM: Tea Break

2:45 PM- 3:15 PM: Session V Session Title: Ongoing & Future Collaboration Session Chair: Mr. Tarun Paudel

1. "Introducing conditional cash transfer in Nepal" by Ada Thapa

2. “Air pollution and health in Nepal” by Anobha Gurung, Ph.D., Rudra Aryal, Ph.D. Amod Pokhrel, Ph.D. and Puru Shrestha, Ph.D.

3. “Visit Madhesh: Gateway to tourism in Madhesh Nepal” by Raj Sarraf

4. “Single-molecule Identification of Proteins” by Prakash Shrestha, Ph.D.

5. “US-NPRC & Krishna P Bhattarai Foundation joint seminar on “New Institutions: Crisis or Opportunity” in Nepal

6. The vote of thanks by Deen Bandhu Bhatta, member, US-NPRC

3:15 PM - 5:00 PM: Conference Closure US-NPRC General Assembly & Board Meeting

US-NPRC's 2017 Conference

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Abstracts from 2017 Conference

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Science and policy to accelerate the smart growth under the new constitution, newer institutions, and old leadership in Nepal

September 2, 2017, at Springfield, VA

2nd Annual Conference

Science and policy to accelerate the smart growth under the new constitution, newer institutions, and old leadership in Nepal

Held on Saturday, September 02, 2017, at Springfield, VA

Conference Opening

  1. Welcome Remarks: Amod K. Pokhrel, Ph.D.; Chairperson, US-NPRC
  2. Member-Secretary/Executive Officer’s Report: Arjun Banjade, Ph.D.; MS/EO, US-NPRC
  3. The vote of thanks: Desh Raj Sonyok, Ph.D.; Member, US-NPRC

Session I: Local Governance & Urban Development

Session Chair:  Rajan Pant, Ph.D.

  1. "Whether local governments in Nepal can create capital?" by Surendra R. Devkota, Ph.D.
  2. "Stormwater management approaches in Nepal’s (Poor) urban areas" by Shirish Ranabhat, Ph.D.

Session II: Diaspora & Human Dimension

Session Chair:  Tarun Poudel

  1. “Bed, Bigyan, Purbia Darsan and Nepali Diaspora” by Raghu Nath Aryal, Ph.D.
  2. “Nepal Kaha Chha?” by Shiva Prakash
  3. “Role of Diaspora in Development” by Suman Timsina

Session III: Health & Development

Session Chair:  Jagadamba Adhikaree

  1. "Medical Physics in Nepal" by Prakash Aryal, Ph.D., DABR
  2. "Medical Regulations in Nepal: An Update" by Dr. Keshab Paudel
  3. "Low birth weight and developmental vulnerability: The role of parenting and socio-demographic factors" by Sangita Pudasainee-Kapri, Ph.D.
  4. “Avian Flu: It's Impact on Poultry industry” by Chintamani Lamichhane, Ph.D.
  5. "HIV Screening – an opt - out approach in primary health care services: Possible health policy discussion for Nepal" by Laxmi Bilas Acharya, Ph.D.

Session IV: Education, ICT, Offshoring, and Career Development

Session Chair: Suman Parajuli, Ph.D.

  1. "Offshoring and firm performance: Evidence from developing countries" by Kul Kapri, Ph.D.
  2. "Scientific career simplified: A virtual two-way bridge from home to abroad" by Soma Dhakal, Ph.D.
  3. “FDI Nepal Profile” by Shikhar Bhattarai
  4. “Higher Education in Nepal: Successes and Challenges” by Lekh Nath Adhihari, Ph.D.

Session V: Environment, Science & Technology

Session Chair:  Desh Raj Sonyok, Ph.D.

  1. "Development of self-decontaminating surfaces" by Ramesh R Pant, Ph.D.
  2. "Clean energy pathways to achieve smoke-free kitchens by 2017 in Nepal" by Amod Pokhrel, Ph.D.
  3. “Challenges in Formulating and Implementing New Policies on Long-term Solutions to Chronic Flooding Problems in Nepal” by Sagar Neupane, Ph.D.

Conference Closure

Group Discussion: Moving Forward--Next steps for US-NPRC

Moderated by: Amod Pokhrel, Rajan Pant, Arjun Banjade

Call for Abstracts

Science and policy to accelerate the smart growth under the new constitution, newer institutions, and old leadership in Nepal

September 2, 2017, at Springfield, VA

The US-Nepal Policy Research Center (US-NPRC) cordially invites you to submit a full-length or work-in-progress paper or abstracts or poster or proposals for its second annual conference, “Science and policy to accelerate the smart growth under the new constitution, newer institutions, and old leadership in Nepal.”

Background

Since the opening of its door to the outside world in 1950, Nepal has witnessed the political and economic ups and down several times. Although some economic, health, and human development indicators are showing some progress, most people are yet to have access to the basic needs to maintain the good quality of life. There still exists a huge gap between the urban and rural areas, east and west, and north and south. Among others, the attitudes of few power elites at the center to control the lives of the masses in the periphery, and the lack of proper institutionalization of the institutions or systems at various levels could be attributed to such gaps or the lack of desirable progress. The Constitution of 2015 assures a decentralized system to address Nepal's development challenges. Even so, the recent declaration of the new local level structure in a haphazard manner by the central government, shows that the attitude of the center to control the lives of the masses of the periphery is still there. There is no doubt that rapid development of new institutions brings enormous opportunities to its people, but simultaneously, it could also put a significant amount of pressure, and responsibilities. Thus, to bring the desired change, it is important to integrate social, economic, environmental, energy, and health need of the community. And, the institutional and individual’s roles, duties, attitudes, and behavior need to be modified. Among others, the people-centered smart growth and development policies and programs formulated at the local level with fresh input from outsiders could help newer institutions manage the transition. As the principal aim of smart growth and development is to provide citizens a high quality of life, it necessitates the participation and inputs of a diverse group of people to formulate policies to bring such change. The US-Nepal Policy Research Center (US-NPRC) seeks to explore and identify the best approach, programs, policies, research, and strategies for smart growth, and institutionalization of the newer institutions at various levels in Nepal so that newer institutions could offer deliberative democracy to its people. In this regard, the 2017 US-NPRC policy and development conference organizing committee cordially invites all members to attend the second Annual Policy and Development Conference (September 2, 2017) in Springfield, VA, and share ideas, and submit full-length or work-in-progress papers or abstracts or poster or proposals on any relevant topic during the plenary session.

Topics

Oral presentations or posters or proposals may include, but not restricted to, the following issues of interest:

  • Policy options and needed reforms to improve the quality of life, create jobs, enhance institutions and promote smart (and inclusive) growth in Nepal.
  • Science, technology (including biotechnology), innovation, and infrastructure to drive smart and inclusive growth.
  • The importance of institutions, and institutionalization of institutions (systems) for smart and inclusive growth.
  • Education, environment, health, agriculture, energy, youth employment, and women empowerment for smart, and inclusive growth.
  • Social and business entrepreneurship to produce private and social values, and enhance economic growth.
  • Creative financing options (e.g., cooperatives, micro-finance, crowd funding, foreign direct investment) to drive economic growth and inclusive development.
  • Interdisciplinary research and data (big data or open data) for smart and inclusive growth.
  • The role of diaspora in national development.
  • Other relevant topics are also welcome.

Submission deadline (full-length or work-in-progress papers or abstracts or poster or proposals)

The abstract submission deadline is August 20, 2017. We expect that the authors whose abstracts are accepted will confirm their participation by August 25, 2017 and submit a copy of their full paper or work-in-progress papers or abstracts by August 29, 2017. 

Submission guidelines and other details

Abstract

Word limit: 500 words

Font: Times New Roman

Title: Bold, size: 14

Author’s names (including co-authors), affiliations, email address: Italics, size 10

E-mail of the corresponding author: italics, size 10

Abstract Text (Body): size 12

Keywords: 3 – 5 words, italic, size 12

Note: Please italicize and underline where appropriate (e.g. Italicize species’ name)

Proposal Contents

Word limit: Extended Abstract 1-3 pages (including title, authors, affiliations, acknowledgment, references, etc.).

Font: Times New Roman

Title: Bold, size: 14

Affiliations: Italics, size 10

Abstract Text (Body): size 12

Keywords: 3 – 5 words (to appear after abstract text), italic, size 12

Note: Please italicize and underline where appropriate (e.g. italicize species’ name)

Poster

Standard format (usable area): 3.75’ (45’’) x 7.75’ (93”). The minimum size recommended is 24 inches by 36 inches.

Title: Bold, size: ~25

Affiliations: Italics, size ~15

Abstract Text (Body): Font: ~20-point font so that attendees can read the content from 4 to 5 feet or more.

Keywords: 3 – 5 words (to appear after abstract text), italic, size 15

Note: Please italicize and underline where appropriate (e.g. Italicize species’ name)

Submission

Please send the abstracts, paper or proposal to usnprc@gmail.com as an attached Word document (.doc or docx).

Conference Venue

Hotel accommodation and other details

For hotel accommodation at a discount rate, please contact

[room rate to $94.00 per night; deadline August 18, 2017.

Group Code/Type: SMERF]

(703) 924-7200

Lunch

Lunch will be buffet style for all conference attendees on Saturday, September 2, 2017. More details will be provided as we draw closer to the conference date.

Dinner

Participants also gather to do a group dinner in the evening of September 2, 2017 (self-pay). More details will be provided as we draw closer to the conference date.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or further information is needed.

Regards,

Arjun Banjade, Ph.D.

Executive Officer/Member-Secretary

US-Nepal Policy Research Center

Cell: 214-680-2871

E-mail: usnprc@gmail.com


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