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 Vice Chancellor

    After the retirement of Prof. Triratna Manandhar, the second Vice Chancellor, the Chancellor at the recommendation of the selection committee formed by him, has appointed Prof. Naresh Man Bajracharya, Professor of Buddhist Studies, Tribhuvan University as the third Vice Chancellor of Lumbini Buddhist University. Prof. Bajracharya was the founder head of the Central Department of Buddhist Studies. Associated with various Buddhist associations, Prof. Bajracharya was a Fulbright scholar-In-Residence 2009-2010, in USA. Prof. Bajracharya joined the University as the Vice-Chancellor on November 9, 2014.

    Rev. Dr. Naresh Man Bajracharya

  • Message from the Vice Chancellor on 11th University Day

    It gives me immense pleasure to be part of Lumbini Buddhist University (LBU). On this auspicious occasion, I would like to extend my gratitude and express warm greetings to all the concerned on the 11th Lumbini Buddhist University Day. Being the only Buddhist University of the country, located in the birth place of Sakyamuni Buddha, it envisages being an international centre of excellence in Buddhist Studies and research.

    It has been a year since I have had an opportunity to lead this esteemed academic institution with zeal. As soon as I embarked in the University with a new role, realizing the need for a Master Plan to materialize the vision and mission of LBU. Eventually we have been able to formulate Academic Master Plan which had been approved by LBU Senate Meeting held in 27th Jestha 2072. We at LBU believe that the Master Plan will help us in achieving the set goals and objectives of LBU and to impart the teachings of Buddha across the globe for promotion of the World Peace. At this juncture I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all those who extended their support and cooperation to bring the University at this stage and look forward further support and cooperation from all concerned in the days to come.

    Prof. Dr. Naresh Man Bajracharya



  • LBU Annual Day Celebration

    Lumbini Buddhist University celebrated its' 11th Annual Day on 14th Marga 2072 at the Nepal Academy seminar hall, Kamaladi, Kathmandu. The function was chaired by DR Pitamberlal Yaday, the Registrar of Lumbini Buddhist University. On the occasion, Prof. Dr. Parasar Koirala Chairman, University Grant Commission (UGC) inaugurated function lighting traditional oil lamp and offering a Khada to the image of Buddha subsequently he launched the sixth issue of LBU Newsletter brought out on the auspicious occasion of University Day. The other dignitaries presented Prof. Dr. Tulsi Ram Vaidya, former Vice-Chancellor, LBU, Prof. Dr. Triratna Manandhar, former Vice-Chancellor, LBU, Prof. Dr. Hridaya Bajracharya, University Grants Commission, Dr. Dinesh Raj Pant, Ven. Nigrodh, Vice-President, Lumbini Development Trust, Mr Ajit Man Tamang, Member-Secretary, Lumbini Development Trust, Dr. Keshava Man Sakya, Professors, Academic personalities, Principals of LBU affiliated colleges from other distinguished guests from various sectors.

  • Nominations

    1. The Executive Council of LBU has nominated Phupu Chhembe Sherpa and Mr. Indra Prasad Kafle, the Campus Chief of Central Campus as member of Executive Council on 8th Baishakh 2072.
    2. Dr. Christoph Cupper has been nominated as Visiting Professor of Lumbini Buddhist University with effect from 1st Shrawan 2072.
    3. Dr. Indra Siddhi Bajracharya has been appointed as Member of Faculty Board with effect from 10th Ashwin 2072.

  • Appointments

    1. Prof. Nirmal Man Tuladhar has been appointed as Executive Director of Centre for International Affairs with effect from 1st Shrawan 2072.
    2. Acharya Norbu Shepa has been appointed as Teaching Assistant in Central Campus Lumbini with effect from 1st Bhadra 2072.

  • Research Methodology Workshop for Ph. D. Candidates

    LBU has conducted two weeks Research Methodology Workshop cum Orientation of Buddhist Studies from 16th to 30th Poush 2072. Eighteen candidates have registered for Ph. D. degree in LBU in 2072. In the workshop, twenty five scholars presented papers and delivered lecture in wide range of subjects which includes History of Buddhism, Buddhist Philosophy, Buddhist Literature, Buddhist Art and Architecture, Buddhist practices in Nepal Mandala and Northern Nepal, Research Methodology, Research in Buddhist Studies, Buddhist Meditation and so on.

  • Ranjan-Bhaktananda Gold Medal

    With generosity of Prof. Dr. Ranjana Banjrachary and Engr. Bhaktananda Bajracharya established a Gold Medal entitled "Prof. Dr. Ranjana – Engr. Bhaktananda Bajracharya Gold Medal" to be awarded to the LBU Topper in M.A. level examination every year. In the midst of 6th LBU Senate Meeting the Bajracharya duo handed over cheque bearing Rs. 500,000 as seed money for the establishment Gold Medal. The main motive of the Gold Medal is encouraging students and to promote Buddhist Studies.

  • Salt Tradition Corporation Scholarship

    Salt Trading Corporation has established scholarship of Rs. 50,000 to be awarded to the higher scorer amongst students completed M.A. in Buddhist Studies from Lumbini Buddhist University. The LBU extends gratitude to Hon. Laxmi Das Manandhar, the Chairperson of Executive Committee of Salt Trading Corporation and the Management of Salt Trading Corporation whose generous effort to make this possible.

  • PBPMDC Internship

    An MoU has been signed between Lumbini Buddhist University and Buddhist Philosophy Promotion and Monastery Development Committee (PBPMDC) on 18th Ashwin 2072 to provide internship to the students of M.A. students and Ph. D. scholars from LBU under the "Ancient Monastery Research Internship Programme" The MOU was signed by Prof. Dr. Naresh Man Bajracharya on behalf of LBU and Mr Narendra Kumar Gurung on behalf of PBPMDC. The Internship of Rs. 30,000 each will be awarded to two Ph. D. research scholars and Rs. 20,000 each to M.A. 2nd Year students of LBU.

  • MoU between two Buddhist Universities

    At the juncture the Conference on “Buddhism in the Mekong Region: Its History and Development” jointly organized by Vietnam Buddhist Research Institute and University of Social Science and Humanities, Vietnam, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed in between Lumbini Buddhist University and Vietnam Buddhist University on 13th November 2015 at the conference venue. The MOU focuses on mutual benefit through a cooperation program promoting scholarly activities which includes: exchange of faculty members, students, joint research activities, conferences and seminars and exchange of academic materials, etc. The MOU was signed by Prof. Dr. Naresh Man Bajracharya, Vice Chancellor on behalf of Lumbini Buddhist University and Prof. Dr. Thich Tri Quang, The Rector on behalf of Vietnam Buddhist University.

  • Seminar on Buddhist Philosophy

    Lumbini Buddhist University in collaboration with Nepal Academy, Department of Philosophy has organized one day seminar on Buddhist Philosophy on 11th Ashadh 2072. The seminar was presided by Prof. Dinesh Raj Pant, the Chief of Department of Philosophy, Nepal Academy. On this occasion, two scholarly working papers were presented by Dr. Kashinath Neupane and Dr. Surendra Man Bajracharya which were commented by Mr. Vishnu Prabhat and Dr. Kabindra Bajracharya respectively.

  • Presentation of Plan of Action of the Centre for International Affairs

    Prof. Nirmal Man Tuladhar, the Executive Director of Centre for International Affairs made a presentation on Plan of Action of the Centre for International Affairs on 18th Kartik 2072 at the Lotus Academy Meeting Hall. The Meeting was convened by Dr. Bhadra Ratna Bajracharya, the Dean and the Secretary of the LBU Master Plan Draft Committee. The man invitees of the meeting were Mr Kedar Bhakta Mathema, Former Vice Chancellor of Tribhuvan University (TU); Dr. Kamal Krishna Joshi, Former VC of TU; Prof. Dr. Triratna Mananddhar, Former VC of LBU; Dr. Dibya Man Karmacharya, Former Executive Director, Centre for International Relations, TU and Dr. Hridaya Bajracharya, University Grant Commission, and who have made very constructive comments and suggestions for newly established CIA.

  • Up-gradation of Research Cell into Research Division

    LBU has upgraded its existing Research Cell into a Research Division as to expand its scope and strengthen the capacities to undertake research projects on following areas:

    1. Buddhist manuscript, (procurement, archive, editing, translation, study, publications)
    2. Buddhist monuments (engineering, archaeology, art and architecture, rituals, history and renovation and preservation, etc.)
    3. Buddhist Traditions and Culture: (documentation, promotion, exhibition)
    4. Exploration of new Buddhist aspects, etc.