US-NPRC

US-NPRC Executive Board and Committee Members

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



 

Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts: US-Nepal Policy Research Center (US-NPRC) 2018 Conference

“Institutionalizing the Human Capital for Inclusive Development”

August 25, 2018, at Boston, MA

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 3rd annual conference, “Institutionalizing the Human Capital for Inclusive Development.”

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

Background

Innovation, technology, and human capital are some of the critical drivers for socioeconomic development. However, without appropriate institutions, knowledge and innovation-based economic development may not sustain. The US-Nepal Policy Research Center (US-NPRC) intends to explore the expert ideas on how knowledge, innovation, and institutions could strengthen inclusive socioeconomic development in Nepal. US-NPRC cordially invites all members, scholars, professionals, and institutions to attend and partipate in its annual policy and development conference: “Institutionalizing the Human Capital for Inclusive Development.” 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 topic. This conference is a continuation of the previous two conferences held by US-NPRC in Chicago (2016), and Virginia (2017).

Conference Topics

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

  • 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 August 12, 2018. We expect that the authors whose abstracts are accepted will confirm their participation by August 17, 2018, and submit a copy of their full paper or work-in-progress papers or abstracts by August 20, 2018. 

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 as an attached Word document (.doc or docx) to usnprc@gmail.com.

Conference Venue

Harvard Medical School. TMEC (Tosteson Medical Education Center), Room 227. 260 Longwood Ave. Boston, MA 02115

Hotel accommodation and other details

For hotel accommodation at a discount rate, please contact Marriott Boston Logan Airport, 225 William McClellan Highway, Boston MA 02128 (The Courtyard Marriott at Boston Logan Airport will provide discounted group rates for the stay if the reservations are made 2 weeks before the conference date)

Lunch

Lunch will be buffet style for all conference attendees on Saturday, August 25, 2018. 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 August 25, 2018. More details will be provided as we draw closer to the conference date.