On May 30th 2017, a group of doctoral and undergraduate students from the Arizona State University (ASU) of the United States of America (USA) visited Pratiman-Neema Memorial Health Institute (PNMHI) College in Siddharthanagar (Western Nepal). Led by the ASU faculty Dr. Nalini Chhetri and Ms. Cathy Clifton, the group interacted with the students of PNMHI and engaged in a vibrant discussion about the career goals, and shared experience of being an undergraduate student in the two vastly different environments. The group from ASU was accompanied by some students and a faculty from Tribhuvan University.
Dr. Chhetri, Ms. Clifton and the student group also visited the Lumbini Center for Sustainability (LCS) international research hub to learn about its various research programs and community-oriented initiatives. In particular, they were briefed about a proposed long-term Danda (River) ecological monitoring program (DEMP) that is being developed as a collaboration between the University of New Mexico’c Nepal Study Center (NSC) and the Pratiman-Neema Memorial Foundation (PNMF). The ASU team also enjoyed viewing the display of the Danda Bio-gallery, and curiously engaged in discussion about the upcoming citizen science program around the Danda River eco-systems and its environmental and public health implications.
On May 31st, the team was given a tour of some of the sustainable development projects and agro-industries in the city. The team was hosted by the representatives of the PNMF and its college (PNMHI) –Managing Director Mr. Dharma KC, Principal Neupane and other college staff and students.
PNMF is a not-for-profit umbrella patron organization that operates PNMHI college, coordinates activities of affiliated research centers (e.g., LCS), conducts community projects, and forges various global initiatives (e.g., study abroad platform, international volunteer program).