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Brief History of 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.

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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.

Message from the Vice Chancellor

Prof. Dr. Naresh Man Bajracharya

Today, Lumbini Buddhist University (LBU) is celebrating the 13th anniversary of its establishment. In the last 13 years of journey, LBU has gone through tremendous bends. At this junction, LBU has made significant progress by expanding length and breadth of its academic programs and accelerated the pace of infrastructure development since the last couple of years.

It is a matter of immense pleasure for us at LBU that it has not only completed the Master Plan but started implementing some of the parts on a priority base. New academic courses are being introduced such as one-year certificate level courses in Sanskrit, Pali, and Tibetan languages and a four-year Bachelor level course in Buddhism, Travel and Tourism Management (BBTTM) from academic year 2074/75 BS. Similarly, in the first phase of infrastructure development, seven residential quarters are being constructed which includes three residential quarters for university authorities, two for teachers, and two for staff. These buildings are expected to be operational by next year Hence the minimum physical infrastructure would be fulfilled.

No need to say that studying Buddhism in Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha would be vibrant and magnificent. So now it is high time to introduce an International Buddhist College (IBC) which draws attraction to the international students. Conducive environments in terms of academic courses, human resources, management, infrastructure, etc. are taking in place to facilitate international students at LBU.

Apart from the degree-oriented courses, LBU has also envisioned "Awareness Program" with the slogan "Do Good, Be Good" in order to educate citizens throughout the nation focusing on morality, meditation, wisdom, and peace which would be instrumental in building good governance and peaceful Nation.

From the very beginning, LBU has been funded by the Government of Nepal as a National University. In the midst of political stability in progress, the country is going to have a federal form of governments in Central and Provincial level in near future. LBU being Buddhist University located in Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, its national and international significance as envisioned in its vision and mission sought the greater role to play in propagating the teachings of the Buddha across the globe through academic activities. Hence, we at LBU firmly believe that the LBU will continue in gaining support as National University under the Central Government of Federal Republic of Nepal.

Prof. Dr. Naresh Man Bajracharya