On June 14, 2016, citizens of rural and urban areas of Bhairahawa, local leaders, educators, and various national and international dignitaries and policy makers came together for the opening of a new vocational training campus building. The newly constructed campus building for Pratiman-Neema Memorial Vocational Training Institute was jointly inaugurated by Deepak Bohara, minister for labor and employment, and Ambassador of India to Nepal Ranjit Rae.
The double-storied building, constructed with Indian financial grant of Rs 44.35 million, consists of 18 rooms, library hall, reception, visitor’s room, and separate restrooms for male and female students. An international research hub — Lumbini Center for Sustainability– is also located in the building.
The Pratiman-Neema Memorial Foundation, a non-profit making, non-governmental organisation and the umbrella organization which runs the polytechnic vocational institute was established in memory of late Pratiman Chandra Bohara, a freedom fighter (2007 BS) and the former governor of Pyuthan region.
The inaugural event was attended by former Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma (Kathmandu University), VC Dr. Naresh Man Bajracharya (Lumbini Buddha University), Dr. Alok K. Bohara (Professor, University of New Mexico), Dr. Swarnim Wagle (former planning commission member), Dr. Krishna Gyawali (former Secretary of Ministry of Environment), Dr. Siddhartha Bajracharya (director, NTNC), Jos Assalino (Director, International Labor Organization), Maurizo Busatti (Chief of Mission, International Organization for Migration), Ram Prasad Dhital (Executive Director, Alternative Energy Promotion Centre), Madhu Kumar Marasini (IECCD Chief/Joint Secretary) and various other local and national level officials and personalities.
The visitors were briefed about various initiatives undertaken by the PNMF and its affiliate –Lumbini Center for Sustainability: Danda River Bio-Gallery, pro-women community projects (women’s hygiene health camp), sustainable building construction –Women’e Community Center, Bahunipati (UNM, PNMF, KU — collaboration), and the Danda River water quality tracking citizen science project. A master plan of the institute showing the current and the future vision was also discussed during the visit. Click here