A Chancellor and the Team Attended the Seminar in Islamabad

Nepal Academy team led by Honorable Chancellor Mr. Ganga Prasad Uprety participated in the Workshop-cum-Seminar on Contemporary Nepali and Pakistani Literature in Islamabad. The team included Mr. Basu Dev Dhakal, the proprietor of Makalu Publications and Mr. Rabindra Timsena, Editor of Nepal Academy visited Islamabad at the invitation of Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) from 16 to 18 January 2019.
On the first day of the visit, after having an informal meeting with the Director General of PAL Mr. Rashid Hameed, the team visited National History and Literary Heritage (NH & LH) Division and met with the Secretary of the Division Engr. Aamir Hasan and Federal Parliamentary Secretary Ms. Ghazala Saifi. In the Division, Joint Secretary of the division Mr. Syed Junaid Akhlaq, the Chairman of PAL, welcomed the team.
Later, the team visited Shakarparian Park, Pakistan Monument and Monument Museum before attending the dinner meeting hosted by the Chairman of PAL in the evening. The meeting was attended by the Secretary of NH & LH Division, Director General of PAL, Ambassador of Nepal for Pakistan Ms. Sewa Lamsal and distinguished Pakistani writers including Mr. Khalid Hassan, Mr. Iftikhar Arif and Dr. Inam-ul-Haq Javed.
On the second day, the team visited National Library of Pakistan and met with the Director Mr. Syed Ghyour Hussain and went to the Saidpur Modern Village, which is also known as Old Temple. The Old Temple has its unique identity where temple, mosque and Gurdwara are located at the same place. Then the team attended the Seminar on Contemporary Nepali and Pakistani Literature on the second half. Speaking at the seminar, Honorable Chancellor said that Nepal Academy now focuses on the establishment of bilateral relationship with the same nature of organizations of other countries for the promotion of
language, literature and culture. In the same program, translated version of a book “Pakistani Women Writings” was launched; it was translated by Nepal Academy from English into Nepali as per the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by
Nepal Academy and PAL. Honorable Chancellor handed over the English version of the book “The Voice of Nepal” to the Chairman of PAL for translating it into Urdu. Token of Love was exchanged between both parties in the program. Also, Honorable Chancellor gave interview for the Pakistan Television in the evening and expressed his happiness for collaborating with PAL for the promotion of language, literature and culture of both the countries.
On the last day of the visit, the team visited National Book Foundation and talked with the Managing Director Dr. Inam-ul-Haq Javeid and Director (Admin) Ms. Afshan Sajid before visiting Archaeological Museum, Taxila. The Curator of Museum Mr. Abdul Nasir welcomed the team and the Assistant Curator Humera Naz provided details about the museum. Finally, they visited Lok Virsa (Folk Museum), which depicts most of the folk traditions of Pakistan.
Honorable Chancellor and the team visited the Embassy and met with the Ambassador of Nepal for Pakistan Ms. Sewa Lamsal before the departure. During the meeting, they discussed strengthening the relationship of the two countries, promoting language, literature and culture and operating direct flight services from Nepal to Pakistan and vice versa.

NA and PAL to Support Each Other

May 13, 2018


A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between Nepal Academy (NA) and Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) on 13th May 2018 in Kathmandu.

Ganga Prasad Uprety, the Chancellor of NA and Rashid Hameed, the Director General of PAL signed the MOU. The objective of signing MOU is to broaden the relationship between the people of both countries through supporting for the literary development of each other. As per the agreement, both of the parties will arrange the training and visit programs for the writers, poets, sociologist and the researchers of another country. Both parties agreed to translate the Literature of each other and publish the significant books written by the scholars of another country. In addition, NA and PAL will jointly organize the book festivals, seminars and conferences in coming days.

Speaking in the program Mazhar Javed, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Nepal stated that the old historical and religious monuments in Nepal prove the relation between Nepal and Pakistan is very long. Also, he expressed the commitment to provide physical and financial support to the Nepalese scholars to do the research in that topic.

Hameed, Director General of PAL told that the MOU was signed in order to unite the people of Nepal and Pakistan through the development of language and literature of both countries. Uprety, the Chancellor of NA told he was assured that this agreement would create the milestone for the promotion of language and literature of both countries.

Dr. Bishnu Bibhu Ghimire, the Vice Chancellor of Nepal Academy spoke that the MOU created enough space for the dialogue between the scholars of both countries for the common interest.

After signing MOU, Chancellor Uprety and Director General Hameed spoke about the literature of their own country in the second session of the program which was chaired by Professor Dr. Triratna Manandhar. In that program, Bharat Mani Subedi, the joint secretary of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation of Nepal and Naushad Khalique, the Member of Pakisatani Delegates spoke about the culture of their own country.

Prof. Dr. Jivendra Deo Giri, the Member Secretary of NA gave the vote of thanks and concluded the program.