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Wednesday, 29 July 2015
Nepal Study Center at UNM offers platform for research, global engagement
Bohara brings scientific research to urgent questions in Nepal
Economics professor Alok Bohara wants to establish the Nepal Studies Center at the University of New Mexico as a beacon. Bohara is the founder and expert guiding the Nepal Study Center’s research and community engagement work in Nepal.
A Nepalese-native, Bohara is very concerned about the number of bright minds like his that have left Nepal to live and work in other places. In collaboration with many of his colleagues from various U.S. universities, he is working on a way to turn what most people would call a brain drain from Nepal into something else.
“Let’s call it a brain bank,” he said, “and take that intellectual repository that is developing in the west, in North America, and see if we can tap and divert it back in Nepal.”
That’s why the Nepal Study Center offers a way for UNM students and faculty to look at fundamental questions of poverty, health, climate change and survival in the Himalayas.
Bohara and Mark Stone, associate professor of Civil Engineering, are participating in a volunteer project with UNM engineering and architecture students who are designing a low-cost earthquake-resistant house that could be built in Nepal with locally available materials. If all goes well, the students hope to take their design to two villages in Nepal next December. They will work with the Pratiman-Neema Memorial Foundation and local residents to build the demonstration homes.
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