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(Participants in front of University Building)

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. Inaugurated by the Minister of Education, the workshop was participated by forty three scholars on Buddhist Studies including professors from Tribhuvan University, Sanskrit University and Kathmandu University and representatives from Nepal Bauddha Mahasangha, Akhil Nepal Bhikshu Mahasangha, Dharmodaya Sabha, Lotus Academic College and other Buddhist institutions.

Professors from the University of Delhi, Banaras Hindu University and Indian Institute of Archaeology and Heritage Conservation also actively participated in the workshop. Th e VC, Registrar, Dean, members of the Academic Council and Research Committee and supporting staff were also the participants of the workshop.

Curriculum drafts were thoroughly discussed in the workshop. Th e main purpose of this workshop is to fi nalize teaching subjects and their details in the form of curriculum.

Following experts drafted curriculum on various themes of Buddhist Studies that were thoroughly discussed.

(Workshop in progress)

A draft curriculum for B.A. was also presented in the workshop. Dr. Bhadra Ratna Bajracharya drafted the curriculum containing 1500 marks. Th e major divisions of the curriculum structure are -

Compulsory papers (English, Pali, Sanskrit, Tibetan), Core Areas (Origin and Development of Buddhism, Religion and philosophy and Pali and Sanskrit Buddhist Literature), Allied Papers (World religion, Buddhist culture and tradition of Nepal, Anthropology of Nepal, Religions of Nepal, Buddhist Art), and Electives (Th eravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana and Applied Buddhism).

Th is workshop made various suggestions to be incorporated in the rough drafts. LBU has decided to form a panel of experts to consider those suggestions and incorporate them in the fi nal curriculum. Later, fi nal draft will be forwarded to the Academic Council for approval.