Brief History of Lumbini Buddhist University !

Lumbini Buddhist University

The first World Buddhist Summit held in Lumbini from 30th November to 2nd December,1998 proposed to establish a Buddhist university in Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, to impart standard education on Buddhist Philosophy, Literature and Culture, and the Lumbini Declaration, issued at the conclusion of the Summit, requested the Nepal government to take immediate action in this direction. Accordingly, the Lumbini Development Trust constituted a seven-member Preparatory Committee with Prof. Tulasi Ram Vaidya as convener and Ven. Sudarshan Mahasthavir, Ngawang Hoser Lama, Pt. Badri Ratna Bajracharya, Prof. Mohan Prasad Lohani, Prof. Tri Ratna Manandhar and Mr. Min Bahadur Shakya as members. Finally, on 14th Marga 2061 B.S. (29th November 2004), Lumbini Buddhist University was formally established with the promulgation of an Ordinance. Later in 2006, the Parliament approved the Ordinance with modifi cations as Lumbini Buddhist University Act (Lumbini Bauddha Vishwavidyalaya Ain 2063).

Following the People's Movement of 2006 (2062 - 63 B.S) the Legislative assembly Adopted an Act relating to the establishmentn of LBU, Lumbini in 2006 ( 2063 B.S).

The Act provides for the Prime Minister of Nepal as Chancellor of LBU and the Minister of Education, Nepal as Pro - Chancellor. The University's Vice Chancellor acts as Chief Executive who is assisted by the Registrar in financial and general adinistration and the Dean in academic programmes.

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  • Objectives

    1. To Propagate the teachings of Gautam Buddha for the promotion of peace, brotherhood, amity and understanding in the world

    2. To impart education relating to Buddhist religion, philosophy, literature and culture.

    3. To develop LBU as a Centre for intellectual interation among the Buddhist scholars of the world for the welfare of humanity at large.

    4. To enter into education and cultural agreements with local and intenational organizations for the promotion of Buddhist learning.

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  • Decision Making Bodies

    1. University Councili is the supreme decision-making body on policy making, budget, rules and regulations for managing the University.

    2. Executive Council implements operational decisions. It makes decision on grants, affiliation to private campuses and appointments of University officials.

    3. Academic Council makes decision on policies and practices regarding curricula, teaching, examinations and research.

    4. Research Committee formulates policies and programmes approves guidelines for researchers and co-ordinates the functions of University level research organisations.

  • Appointment of Registrar

    Rt. Hon’ble Prime Minister and Chancellor of LBU Dr. Babu Ram Bhattarai, on the recommendation of the Executive Council, appointed Dr. Pitambar Lal Yadav, Associate Professor of History at Mahendra Bindeswari Campus, Rajbiraj, as the Registrar of LBU for four years term.

    Dr. Yadav has written several books on the political history of Nepal and is also the recipient of Mahendra Vidya Bhusan and Amar Singh Thapa Award. He joined LBU as the Registrar on 6 March, 2012.

  • Appointment of Dean

    As per Lumbini University Act 2006, the Vice Chancellor has appointed Dr. Bhadra Ratna Bajracharya as the Dean of the University. Dr. Bajracharya was the Campus chief of Lotus Academic College , under the affiliation of LBU.

    Dr. Bajracharya served in the Central Department of Buddhist Studies from its inception in 1999.

Academic Complex at Lumbini

An Academic building is under construction in Lumbini at the cost of 25 million NRs, made available by the University Grants Commission. The construction is expected to complete by May 2013. The building has twenty four rooms including conference and seminar halls, library, multimedia centre, administrative section and class rooms.

Nepal Consult Pvt. Ltd. prepared the design and drawings of the building, and Chandra and Basanta- Babul Co. J/V, Siddhartha Nagar is entrusted with the construction works. The agreement for construction was signed between LBU and the contracting company on 27 April 2012. A brief ceremony was also held in Lumbini to lay foundation stone on May 6. Vice-Chancellor of LBU Prof. Tri Ratna Manandhar laid the foundation of the building amidst a function in which the Buddhist monks, Vajracharya priests and Lamas chanted sacred Mantras and performed Puja. Registrar Pitambar lal Yadav and Dean Prof.

Shanker Thapa of LBU, Vice Chairman of Lumbini Development Trust, Head of the Buddhist Studies Program at Bhairahawa Campus, representatives of the monasteries in Lumbini, and other dignitaries were present at the occasion. During the interaction held after formal foundation laying ceremony, the invitees expressed their views about LBU and its academic activities, and also highlighted on the signifi cance of the university established in the holy place of Lumbini.

The Building is scheduled to be completed by May, 2013.


  • Council Meeting (7th August 2013)

    The fourth meeting of University Council is held at Singha Darbar Hall under the chairmanship of Sri Khil Raj Regmi, Chairman, Council of Ministers and Chancellor of Lumbini Buddhist University. Vice Chancellor, Dr. Tri Ratna Manandhar highlighted on the progress made by the university during the last twelve months.

  • Seventh University Day Observed

    Lumbini Buddhist University (LBU) observed seventh annual day on 30 November 2011 with Dr. Ganesh Man Gurung, Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC) as the chief guest.

  • Ph.D. Enrollment - 2069 VS

    Ten students are admitted for Ph.D. in the Shrawan semester 2069. Name of registered Ph. D. candidates and tentative titles of their research are as follows –

  • Master's Programmes Inaugrated

    Lumbini College of Buddhism and Himalayan Studies has started MA programme in Buddhism and Himalayan Studies affi liated to LBU. A grand opening of the programme is scheduled to be presided by HH Fourteenth Shamar Rinpoche Chokyi Lodro scheduled in January 2013.

  • Appointment of the VC, Registrar and Dean

    After the retirement of the first Vice Chancellor, a selection committee was formed by the Chancellor to recommend a new VC for appointment. Consequently, Prof. Tri Ratna Manandhar, former Professor of History, Tribhuvan University, was appointed the second Vice Chancellor

  • Donation of Books

    More than 100 books on history and culture, specially related to Buddhist Archaeology, from the collection of Late Babu Krishna Rijal have been donated to LBU by Mrs. Mallika Rijal.

  • Lumbini Workshop on Curriculum of BA and MA in Buddhist Studies

    As a part of the academic activities of Lumbuni Buddhist University, the university has been planning to introduce BA and MA courses in Buddhist Studies. For this purpose, a workshop was organized from 30th October to 1st November 2010 in Lumbini for a detailed discussion on the draft curriculum.

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