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Nepalese earthquake, diaspora topics of conference at NMSU

The Nepalese Students’ Association at New Mexico State University will host its eighth annual international conference at the NMSU campus on March 12.

The conference, titled “Role of Diaspora for Sustainable Homeland,” will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 12 in Room 111 of O’Donnell Hall. The conference is free and open to the public.

Last year, Nepal was hit by a catastrophic earthquake, and the country has long suffered from continuous political instability and lack of good governance, conference organizers said. The conference will focus on these topics and seek views and ideas about how diaspora can contribute to Nepal to help make it sustainable. The conference also provides a platform for scholars to present their academic research, views and ideas.

Ram N. Acharya, one of two faculty advisers for the Nepalese Students’ Association, said the group has been organizing the international conference each year on contemporary issues since 2009.

“Although its initial intention was to provide an opportunity for students to share their research findings with faculty and students, its breadth and scope have reached beyond NMSU,” Acharya said. “Now, the conference draws participants and event sponsors from a wide range of audience within as well as outside New Mexico.”

The conference will be divided into four sessions and includes opening speeches from university officials and organizers, research presentations, poster presentations, invited lectures and a keynote speech by noted Nepalese researcher and veterinarian Dr. Drona Prakash Rasali, who now lives in Canada.

Organizers said that on average, more than 50 students, faculty and professionals from various institutions including NMSU, the University of New Mexico, the University of Texas El Paso, the University of Arizona and Arizona State University have attended the conference in recent years.

For more information, email academic.nesa@gmail.com or visit http://web.nmsu.edu/~nesa/symposium_call_8.html.