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About Lumbini Buddhist University !

Lumbini Buddhist University

The first World Buddhist Summit held in Lumbini from 30th November to 2nd December,1998 organized by Lumbini Development Trust, proposed to establish an International Buddhist University in Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, to impart standard education on Buddhist Philosophy, Literature and Culture, etc.. Subsequently the Lumbini Declaration, issued on the concluding day of the Summit, requested the Nepal Government to take immediate action in this direction. Accordingly, Lumbini Development Trust constituted a seven-member Preparatory Committee with Prof. Dr. Tulasi Ram Vaidya as convener and Ven. Sudarshan Mahasthavir, Ven. Ngawang Hoser Lama, Rev. Pt. Badri Ratna Bajracharya, Prof. Mohan Prasad Lohani, Prof. Tri Ratna Manandhar and Mr. Min Bahadur Shakya as members.

The Proposal of establishing Lumbini International Buddhist University was thoroughly discussed in various meetings at different stages to justify the need for establishment of Lumbini International Buddhist University. Eventually a meeting presided over by Hon. Deepa Kumar Upadhyaya, the then Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation formed "Proposed Lumbini International Buddhist University Main Preparatory Committee 2061" on 3rd Kartik 2061 B.S. with Hon. Bharat Shah, the Member of Parliament as Convener and Prof. Dr. Naresh Man Bajracharya, Expert on subject matter and the then Head of Central Department of Buddhist Studies, Tribhuvan University as Member-Secretary.

Finally, on 14th Marga 2061 B.S. Lumbini Buddhist University was formally established with the promulgation of an Ordinance which was declared on 16th Marga 2061 B.S. at the 2nd World Buddhist Summit held in Lumbini. Subsequently the Main Preparatory Committee meeting held on 23rd Marga 2061 B.S. took six important decisions including renaming of committee as "Lumbini Buddhist University Main Preparatory Committee 2061" Later in 2062 B.S., the Parliament approved the Ordinance with modifications as Lumbini Bauddha Vishwavidyalaya Ain 2063 (Lumbini Buddhist University Act).

Vision

Lumbini Buddhist University in Nepal, the birthplace of the Buddha, envisions being an international center of academic excellence through teaching and supporting research in Buddhist Studies, it will also be an institution of higher learning committed to addressing contemporary social problems through application of core Buddhist values and to promote World Peace.

Mission

In order to materialize its vision, Lumbini Buddhist University adopts four basic initiatives: teaching, research, training and awareness. Its faculty and associates will teach about the Buddha's teaching and his philosophy, conduct research across the broad field of Buddhist Studies, impart knowledge of canonical language and literature, as well as Buddhist art and support monastic education and its preservation through training programs. It aims to reach out every household as possible through awareness program on the central Buddhist theme of "Be Good, Do Good".

Appointment of the VC, Registrar and Dean

After the promulgation of the Lumbini University Ordinance, the government of Nepal appointed Prof. Tulasi Ram Vaidya as the fi rst Vice Chancellor on 4 August 2005. Similarly, Mr. Kedar Shakya was appointed as the Registrar on 31st August 2005. Upon the resignation of the latter, Prof. Khadga Man Shrestha succeeded him as the Registrar on 26th November 2007. As the university started working, Prof. Shanker Th apa of Central Department of History, Tribhuvan University was appointed as the Dean of LBU on 6th February 2009. Th enafter, University Council, Executive Council and the Academic Council were also constituted under the Act. With the implementation of Lumbini Bauddha Vishwavidyalaya Niyam -2067 (Lumbini Buddhist University Rules - 2010), a Research Committee was formed in July 2010 to regulate research programmes conducted by the university.

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 of Lumbini Buddhist University. Prof. Manandhar was formerly Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Tribhuvan University and also worked in various capacities including a member of the National Curriculum Council, and also a member of the Royal Nepal Academy (Prajna Sabha). Prof. Manandhar joined the University as the Vice Chancellor on 12th March 2010.

After completion of tenure as Registrar of LBU, Prof. Khadga Man Shrestha was succeeded by Dr. Pitambar Lal Yadav as third Registrar of the LBU from 22nd Falguna 2068. Dr. Yadav was associated with Mahendra Vindeswori Multiple Campus, Rajbiraj. Subsequently Dr. Bhadra Ratna Bajracharya was appointed as the Dean of LBU with effect from 23rd Magh 2069 after completion of tenure of Prof. Dr. Sankhar Thapa as the Dean of LBU. Dr. Bajracharya was associated with Lotus Academic College, Lalitpur.

After completion of tenure of Prof. Dr. Tri Ratna Manandhar, as the second Vice Chancellor of LBU, The Chancellor at the recommendation of the selection committee, appointed Prof. Dr. Naresh Man Bajracharya as the third Vice Chancellor of LBU. Prof. Bajracharya was the founding Head of Central Department of Buddhist Studies, Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur. Associated with various Buddhist organizations, Prof. Bajracharya was a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence 2009-2010, in USA. He was also Member-Secretary of "Proposed Lumbini International Buddhist University Main Preparatory Committee 2061". He joined the University as the Vice-Chancellor on 9th November 2014.

After completion of four years tenure of Dr Pitambar Lal Yadav as third Registrar of the LBU, Mr Tilak Ram Acharya was appointed as the fourth Registrar of the LBU with effect from 2nd Chaitra 2072. Similarly Dr. Bhadra Ratna Bajracharya, the Dean of LBU was reappointed for 2nd time as the Dean of LBU with effect from 23rd Magh 2073.