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First Annual Himalayan Policy Research Conference 2006 at Madison, (Oct. 19, 2006) organized by NSC, University of New Mexico
At the pre-conference venue of the University of Wisconsin's 35th Conference on South Asia (October 19-22, 2009)

First HPRC 2006 Announcement, Timeline, Theme, and Seminar Coordinators

Title and Venue:
Himalayan Policy Research Conference
Organized by Nepal Study Center, University of New Mexico (Oct. 19, 2006)
at the pre-conference venue of the U. of Wisconsin's 35th Annual Conference on South Asia
Senate Room A (First Floor - Concourse Hotel Info)

Deadline for Abstract Submission:
A short abstract and the title of the paper are due by April 15th, 2006.

The overall theme of the conference will be development, democracy, conflict, and the environment to be broadly divided into two policy oriented sessions: 1) Development Issues and 2) Democracy.

Research Scope:
Examples of research areas would be: health, education, poverty and income distribution, international trade, remittances, development finance, exchange rates, gender and ethnicity, land use, public economics, SAARC issues, GIS analysis, urbanization, environment, regional balance, and water and forest resources.

Interdisciplinary research with policy implications, such as democratization, conflict, and the restructuring of a state are equally welcome.

South Asia Theme:
We also strongly encourage papers on cross-country analyses involving more than one country in South Asia.

To be posted later.

Seminar Coordinators:
Alok K. Bohara, PhD, U. of New Mexico, <>
Mukti P. Upadhyay, PhD, E. Illinois U. <>
Vijaya R. Sharma, PhD, U. of Colorado, Boulder <>
Ambika P. Adhikari, PhD, Arizona State U., <>

Paper Abstracts, Program Outline, Panelists, and List of Participants

Program Outline
Paper Abstracts
Program Brochure
Introduction to Nepal Study Center (PP slides)

Acknowledgement, Conference Survey Feedback and Comments
Acknowledgement: We are grateful to the University of Wisconsin ’s 35 th Annual South Asian Conference for giving us a pre-conference venue. We also would like to thank those who have provided financial support to Nepal Study Center to conduct this conference. Our supports include: Dr. Phil Ganderton, Department of Economics, University of New Mexico ; Dr. Upendra Mahato, President of Non-Resident Nepali International Coordination Council (NRN-ICC), Mr. Jiba Lamichhane, Executive Member of NRN-ICC, Russia, and Mr. Naresh Koirala.

NSC would like to thank Dr. Mukti Upadhyay, Dr. Vijaya R. Sharma, Dr. Ambika P. Adhikari and all the participants for their help in organizing the conference. Similarly, NSC appreciates support and encouragement from Dr. Gyan Pradhan, Dr. Jugal Bhurtel, Prakash Adhikari, Dr. Dharmendra Dhakal, Dr. Kamal Upadhyaya, Dr. Gaury Adhikary, Professor Jeff Drope, Maria Daw, Mike Milligan, and Steven J Archambault.

Feedback: An exit opinion survey was conducted, and on a scale of 1 to 10, almost all gave a 10 indicating a strong support for holding a regular conference every year. On the satisfaction level, the participants gave it a mean score of 9 out of a possible 10. These two numbers are highly encouraging for a young organization like NSC. Similarly, many expressed a strong desire to come back next year to this conference (an average of 7 out of a possible 10). We believe that the networking and the advertisement effort at the venue are likely to attract new pool of participants for next year.
“Thanks to you and your colleagues for a very successful conference. I really liked the venue, because the Nepal pre-conference connected to the Nepal portions of the larger conference. Having meals provided was a real bonus, too -- it allowed for conversation and discussion among the conference participants.”

"Congratulations on a successful conference. I personally thought it was organized and executed in a professional manner by everyone responsible. I would be interested in continuing some association with the center, which of course would mean participation in future events as well.”
“Limit to 4 panels a day; by panel 5 people are too tired; Great work”

For details, see the following:
Survey Report.

HPRC 2006 Proceedings

Download: Proceedings and Paper Abstracts of the First Annual Himalayan Policy Research Conference, Madison, October 19, 2006
Special Issue of the Himalayan Journal of Development and Democracy (HJDD)

HPRC 2006 Conference Photos


Alok K. Bohara ,UNM

Ambika Adhikari, Arizona State U.

Amod Pokhrel, UC Berkeley

Karen Macours, Johns Hopkins U.





Biswo Poudel, UC Berkeley



Joel Heinen, FLorida Int. U.

Jay Sah, Florida Int. U.

Kamal Upadhyaya, New Haven U.

Keshav Bhattarai, C. Missouri State U.

Mary Crawford, U. of Conneticut

Michelle Kaufman, U. of Conneticut

Mukti Upadhyay, E. Illinois U.


Prakash Adhikari, U. of New Mexico

Round Table Discussion

Saurav Bhatta, U. of Illinois at Chicago

Vijaya Sharma, U. of Colorado
Photo courtsey: Dr. Keshav Bhattarai, Mr. Prakash Adhikari, Dr. Gyan Pradhan, and Dr. Kamal Upadhyaya

HPRC 2006 Conference Video Clips

Introduction to NSC (12 min.)

Morning Session (9 min.)

Afternoon Session (10 min.)
Video Courtsey: Prakash Adhikari, Ananda Regmi, Biwesh Pradhan, Mani Nepal, Justin Smith


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