Professor Emeritus Dr. Sahas Bunditkul, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the AIT Board of Trustees and former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, together with Professor Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai, Interim AIT President, led an AIT delegation on an official visit to Nepal during the third week of July 2013. The delegation was invited by the AIT Alumni Association-Nepal (AITAA-N) and the Nepal Education Foundation-Consortium of Colleges, Nepal (NEF-CCN) for a three-day visit, which was highlighted by meetings with the country’s president, Chairperson of the Interim Election Government and foreign minister.
On the first day in Kathmandu, the AIT delegation had the opportunity to visit the President of Nepal, Rt. Honorable Dr. Ram Baran Yadav, whose son is also an AIT alumnus. During the meeting, the President showed his appreciation for AIT’s contribution to the human resource development of Nepal, assuring AIT of his country’s full support, including the possibility of AIT setting up a satellite campus in Nepal.
The following day, the delegation paid a courtesy call on the Rt. Honorable Mr. Khil Raj Regmi, Chairperson of the Interim Election Government, who also showed his appreciation to AIT for playing an important role in the country and region. The meeting discussed the possibility of AIT launching modular programs intended for Nepali government officials as well as the possibility of AIT setting up an undergraduate satellite campus in Nepal.
This was followed by a meeting with the Nepal Foreign Minister H.E. Mr. Madhav Prasad Ghimire, who is also an AIT alumnus. During the meeting, Foreign Minister Ghimire gave his assurances in expediting the launch of the inaugural two scholarships from the Government of Nepal for Nepalese nationals to pursue their higher studies at AIT, as well as for the replenishment of the AIT Nepalese Local Currency Fund. He also welcomed any proposal to set up an AIT satellite campus in Nepal, and assured AIT of the Government of Nepal’s full blessing.
Dr. Naveed Anwar, Executive Director, AIT Consulting, who was in Nepal at the time conducting site visits for an ADB-funded program on School Disaster Risk Reduction, joined the AIT delegation which included Mr. Sanjeev Jayasinghe, Interim Head of Alumni Affairs and AIT Fundraising Director, and Mr. Karma Rana, Institute Secretary.