Prime Minister Deuba praises Nepal Academy for promoting languages, literature and culture « Khabarhub

Inaugural ceremony of the National Poetry Festival held on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the Nepal Academy on Thursday.

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba says the Nepal Academy has played a leading role in spreading Nepalese language, literature and culture at home and abroad over the past six last decades and a half.

Addressing the inaugural program of the National Poetry Festival on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the Nepal Academy on Thursday, he said the Academy still has to do important work for the promotion of language, literature, culture, philosophy and social sciences in a dynamic way.

The Prime Minister informed that the construction of the Mahakabi Laxmi Prasad Devkota Museum is nearing completion and the Pragya Nepali Brihat Shabdakosh (the complete dictionary of the Nepali language) containing 100,050 entries has been prepared.

He said that the necessary budget for the Academy to carry out constructive activities would be provided after consultation in the Council of Ministers.

Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Prem Bahadur Ale, said that Nepalese all over the world can now use and benefit from the comprehensive dictionary of the Nepali language using the application prepared by the ‘Academy.

Minister Ale, who is also the patron of the Academy, said that it will publish important dictionaries on culture and folklore of Sanatana, among others, this same year. He expressed his displeasure with the Ministry of Finance cutting the budget for the Academy which he says has a lot of work to do.

National Planning Commission (NPC) member dealing with culture, Dr. Ram Kumar Phuyal, stressed the need to develop the Academy into a specialized institution of study and research in step with the times. He also underlined the need to increase the budget of the Academy.

Chancellor of the Ganga Academy Prasad Uprety said the Academy conducts studies and research on various subjects of Nepal in accordance with the constitution. He added that the Academy has also carried out works through the exchange of visiting academicians in partnership with similar academies in neighboring countries.

Former Chancellor Bairagi Kainla stressed the need for vigorous work in science and knowledge creation.

The Vice Chancellor of the Academy, Dr. Jagaman Gurung, described the Academy as an important institution, the crown, for the development and promotion of the language, literature, art and culture of the nation. He said the publication of “Nepal Darpan (Nepal Perspective)” featuring the country’s seven provinces could not be done due to lack of budget and the COVID-19 pandemic.

On occasion, it was shared that the Academy was preparing to publish a book containing studies on the history, language, culture, music, agriculture and other subjects of the province of Madhes in august.

The Academy’s member-secretary, Prof. Jagat Prasad Upadhayay, said the pension has been significantly reduced for academicians in the budget allocated to the Academy for the current financial year. According to him, although 150 books are ready to be published, they could not do so due to lack of budget. He urged the government to provide the budget for this.

Coordinator of the Main Organizing Committee of the National Poetry Festival, Hemnath Poudel said that the Academy has been organizing the poetry festival since 2022 BS with special emphasis on poetry. So far, two hundred and sixty poets have won the first, second and third prizes of the National Poetry Festival.

Also this year, five poets would be awarded, including one poet coming out first, two poets standing second and three poets coming out third in the poetry competition.

It is said that 588 poems were received from within the country and abroad for the national poetry contest. Among them, 30 poems have been selected to be recited in today’s program.

The results would be announced that evening.

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