SASA launched 2015 spring semester with Nepal fika seminar

The South Asian Student Association welcomes old and fresh students to a new year full of activities. The first SASA 2015 Fika without borders seminar was dedicated to Nepal. It was held on Thursday 5 February 2015, 17–19, at the usual venue: The basement floor at Lund University External Relations (ER) building, Stora Algatan 4, Lund. The event was hosted by Noshan Bhattarai and Rubana Musharrat from the SASA board, and Lars Eklund from SASNET. Dr. Uddhab Pyakurel from Kathmandu University, during the early spring 2015 based in Copenhagen as a Danida scholarship holder and being connected to the Dept. of Education, Aarhus University, was the chief guest. 35 people came to listen to his presentation entitled ”Politics of Education & Marginalized Community in Nepal”. See the poster.

pyakuelDr. Pyakurel (photo to the left) has a PhD from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and is teaching Political Sociology as Assistant Professor in the School of Arts at Kathmandu University. He is also associated with various democracy forums i.e., South Asian Dialogues on Ecological Democracy (SADED), Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (VK), and Network Institute for Global Democratization (NIGD). In 2007, he wrote ”Maoist Movement in Nepal: A Sociological Perspective” (New Delhi: Adroit Publishers, 2007), and he has been the co-author of two books – ”Dalit Representation in National Politics of Nepal” (Kathmandu: NNDSWO 2012) and ”State of Conflict and Democratic Movement in Nepal” (New Delhi: Vij Books, 2013). Last year, 2014, he also edited a monograph entitled ”Higher Education in Nepal: Inclusive Policy Guidelines” (Lalitpur: School of Arts, Kathmandu University & SNV=Nepal, 2014). Lund University student and SASA board member Noshan Bhattarai also held an interesting presentation about his way from studying in Nepal to doing research in Sweden.

Dr. Neil Webster from Danish Institute of International Studies (DIIS), but previously for three years working as regional technical advisor with the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) in Kathmandu, who happened to be in Lund on this day – invited by SASNET – made some extremely relevant comments and summaries to the two Nepalese speakers presentations. Finally the Swedish NGO ABC with work being done in Nepal presented themselves, and they also catered for the food being served.

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Noshan Bhattarai to the left getting comments on his presentation from Neil Webster.

Fika Without Borders South Asia events is a project started by SASA, in collaboration with SASNET, in which SASA organises a fika once a month, each time focusing on one of the eight South Asian countries. During 2015, SASA will in addition to these regular events show movies from South Asian countries. First out was a film shot in Nepal, providing a powerful depiction of the rural lives of Nepal. It was Éric Valli’s film Himalaya from 1999 that was screened on Thursday 29 January 2015, and almost 40 people turned up for the event. More information about the movie.

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