Our Vision, Mission and Goal
Pratiman-Neema Memorial Foundation was established in 2003, in the memory of Late Pratiman Chand Bohara and Neema Bohara. PNMF is a non- profit organization located in Western Nepal, Siddharthanagar of Rupandehi district. It focuses on three main platforms- academics, research and community engagements to bring together people and institution to work on creative and sustainable ideas.
PNMF is building of multi-service academic institution, Pratiman-Neema College (PNC) with a mission to provide holistic platform for engagements that gives students, researchers, policy makers and community leaders a competitive edge in their deliberation, analysis and understanding of the complex, interdependent knowledge-based society. It is also important to understand that as we involve our students for the community engagement work and they get broader perspective on identifying problems and finding ways to come up with solutions.
To that end, in 2014, a group of national and international scholars came together to establish the Lumbini Center for Sustainability (LCS) as knowledge platform to promote informed policy debate and provide pragmatic policy advice for enhancing human well-being of the central Himalayan community. Keeping sustainable development and human welfare at its core, LCS proposes to combine the methods of natural science, social science, humanities disciplines as integrative threads to propose solutions that are effective, sustainable and transferable.
Our holistic approach explores various key elements of sustainable development as the food-energy-water, nexus, natural disaster, response, environmental rehabilitation, bio-diversity, conservation, ecosystem services, community health, resiliency and adaptation, capacity building, indigenous knowledge, culture, and values. For example, the remarkable variability in connected human-ecological systems (CHES) along the river corridors of Nepal’s Himalayan range, which links the Tibetan plateau in the north and the Indian plain in the south, provides ideal conditions to investigate causes and consequences of climatic and social changes in one of most vulnerable regions of the world.
The basic theme of LCS came from a National Science Foundation research planning trip undertaken in Dec 2014 by an interdisciplinary team of UNM faculty –Dr Alok K. Bohara, Dr. Mark Stone, Dr Joe Galesky-economist, engineer and climate scientist from University of New Mexico and three graduate students. In addition, UNM team joined forces with the collaborators from Nepal, India and China including Dr. Madhav Karki (formally with ICIMOD), Dr. Siddhartha Bajracharya (NTNC), Dr. Rijan Kayastha (KU), Dr. Jonathan Wright (Tsinghau University, China), Dr. Yub Raj Bhusal ( Former National Planning Commision, Finance, Environment Secretary) and others. The team engaged in a wide range of discussions with various stakeholders in Kathmandu and across the Gandaki river corridor.
The PNMF’s vision is to be a center of excellence engaged in producing manpower and ideas that are impactful in reshaping the public policy debates and deliberations.
The PNMF’s mission is to provide a holistic platform for engagements that give students, researchers, policy makers, and community leaders a competitive edge in their deliberation, analysis, and understanding of the complex, interdependent and knowledge-based society. With a focus on poverty, health, education, and the environment, the evidence-based solutions and policies are directed to enhance the well-being of those who are underserved, underprivileged, and underrepresented.
As an umbrella organization, the PNMF’s goal is to develop three cutting edge platforms – academic college, research centers, and community outreach programs. Using the interdisciplinary approach that combines natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, PNMF aims to use these platforms to produce skilled manpower, conduct problem-driven research, and perform important community projects.
The Pratiman Neema Memorial Foundation (PNMF) was established in the memory of Late Governor Pratiman Chand Bohara in 2003 by his admires, well-wishers and family members. It was in his honor for his contribution to this country’s democratic movement of 2007 BS, and his belief in self reliance, education, and the grass root mobilization for development work.
Born in a small village called Aglung, in the neighboring district of Gulmi, Pratiman Chand Bohara had a remarkable career. He began his career in the military as an ordinary solider, and eventually became an officer. During the 1950 democratic liberation movement that overthrew Nepal’s autocratic Rana dynasty, he led a group of soldiers turned freedom fighters to free and successfully defend the district of Palpa in western Nepal, a former stronghold of the Rana regime. Following the successful revolution, Pratiman Chand Bohara became governor of Pyuthan.
Throughout his life Governor Bohara was passionate about socio-economic causes and local development. He believed in decentralization, self-reliance, and community development through local resources and volunteerism. He saw fundamental flaws in Nepal’s then overly centralized administrative systems and regional neglect, especially of those who were poor and powerless. Bohara lived his beliefs, and engaged in many forms of grass-root driven development work during his lifetime including constructing roads and establishing the first high school in the Pyuthan region.
These far-reaching, visionary ideas, expressed in letters and diaries, were turned into a biography by PNMF 50 years after Pratiman Bohara’s death.The inspiration for this biography came in 2001 when his youngest grandson, Sudeep Chand Bohara, a 4th grader at Mark Twain Elementary School in Albuquerque, New Mexico spontaneously recounted his grandfather’s legacy and praised his Nepali heritage during a media class project on a local TV News program. It was only fitting that the first project of PNMF was the successful grant funding of the science wing in Ratamata, Pyuthan high school. Subsequently, the PNMF planted the seed for a polytechnic college in Bhairahawa. We are very confident that his legacy and memory will continue to inspire his admirers and well-wishers for many years to come.
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