Nepal PM recalls JNU days
Last Updated: Sunday, December 18, 2011, 13:44
Kathmandu: Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai, a scholar from the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University, recalled his student life at the varsity campus during the early 80s at a function organised here to launch the JNU Alumni Association Nepal (JAAN).

57-year-old Bhattarai said he has emotional attachment with the New Delhi-based University that has produced a number of scholars and politicians.

"I have learnt many things from JNU which I have been able to put into practice in the real life," said Bhattarai, who got his Ph.D. from the university.

"I have gained knowledge and learnt to be a hardworker from JNU and I am trying to put into practice the JNU culture in my real life," he said.

During a recent interview to PTI, Bhattarai said that he got his first political lesson in JNU.

Indian Ambassador to Nepal Jayanta Prasad, who had also studied in JNU in the early seventies, said that JNU has promoted connectivity among different people.

Prime Minister Bhattarai seemed to have more emotional attachment with JNU than myself, he remarked.

A gathering of around 50-60 people which included JNU graduates and current students at JNU formed JNU Alumni Association Nepal (JAAN) at a function yesterday in the presence of Prime Minister Bhattarai, Ambassador Prasad and JNU's Professor Alka Acharya.

Prof Madan Kumar Koirala was appointed as the chairman of the 13 member adhoc committee and Deo Kumari Gurung became its Vice chairman.

Rajiv Singh was appointed as the secretary and CB Budhathoki as Joint Secretary.

"We will utilize the knowledge gained from JNU for the upliftment of the Nepalese society," said Koirala.

"We will be involved in different academic exercises in the society with the experience and knowledge we have gained from JNU," he added.


First Published: Sunday, December 18, 2011, 13:44

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