Alumni and students' communities /
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Club of Friends (Mitra Kunj)
Establishment date: May 18, 1967
State registration: certificate No. 257 /050)/59
Total number of graduates in the country: over 5,000
Number of the graduates who are members of the Association: around 3,500
Branches, affiliates, clubs, etc.: 5 branches nation-wide
Structure of governing bodies: general meeting and executive committee
Mailing address: Russian Centre for Science & Culture, Kamalpokhari, Kathmandu, Nepal
Vijaya Nath Uprety: president, graduated from Moscow Institute of power Engineering (MEI) in 1967 (phone 977-1-4412427);
Santosha Nand Mishra: vice-president, graduated from Volgograd Polytechnic Institute in 1986, Cand. Sc. (Engineering) (phone 977-1-4419679);
V. B. Singh: general secretary, graduated from Peoples' Friendship University (UDN) in 1980 (phone 977-1-4370432);
Lokendra Sharma: secretary, graduated from Peoples' Friendship University of Russia (RUDN) in 1992, Cand. Sc. (phone 977-1-4421463);
Sh. L. Kayastkha: accountant, graduated from Tashkent Polytechnic Institute in 1982 (phone 977-1-5580593).
Mitra Kunj - an important part of the scientific and technical elite of the Nepali society
The Association of the alumni of the HE institutions of the USSR and the CIS countries - Mitra Kundj (Friends' Club), created in Nepal in 1976, seeks to protect the alumni's human rights and professional interests. After reorganization, it got registered with the Ministry of Justice of Nepal as a public organization facilitating professional and educational contacts and cooperation of the Nepali alumni with the CIS HE Institutions.
Mitra Kundj boasts the largest membership and is the most active one among the organizations of Nepali alumni who got their education abroad. It unites about 2,000 individuals out of the 5,000-some alumni of the CIS countries' HE institutions. About 70% of its members have engineering and technical education, 20% - medical and about 10% - humanities background. The Association publishes an annual magazine and a regularly updated alumni guide.
Today, Mitra Kundj pursues various streams of activity: assistance and provision of advisory services in getting jobs, creating conditions for the alumni professional and scientific advancement, selection of enrollees for studies in the RF HE institutions on a fee-paying basis, enhancing cooperation with the Russian Center for Science and Culture in Katmandu to further Russia-Nepal cultural, educational, scientific, technical and business ties.
Mitra Kundj plays an important role in the alumni world movement, primarily in Asia. That is why the First Asian meeting of alumni was held in Nepal's capital in 2000.
Mitra Kundj is a member of the INCORVUZ-XXI International Coordinating Council with which it has signed an Agreement on Cooperation and a Contract on enrolling Nepali nationals to study at the RF HE institutions on a fee-paying basis. The Organization of the Nepali entrepreneurs in the CIS is its coordinator in Russia.
The 500- strong Association of the RUDN's friends is an active arm of Mitra Kundj. It publishes is own annual magazine as well.
Through its concerted efforts, the organization has won broad recognition and high esteem with the Russian (Soviet) HE institutions' alumni as well as the Nepali authorities. It has demonstrated in practice its capability to resolve challenges facing it, primarily in protecting the human rights and professional interests of its membership.
Just one example: 44 alumni of the Russian medical schools filed a suit in 2000 against the Medical Council of Nepal, which refused to register and license them thus depriving them of their right to engage in professional activity. Mitra Kundj played a decisive role in the outcome of the case heard at the Supreme Court of Nepal which passed a ruling in favor of the claimants.
An out-patient clinic and a Medicare hospital were set up in Katmandu with its aid and the alumni funds. These medical centers hire mainly experts trained in Russia.
The organization prides itself on the fact that the Russian (Soviet) HE institutions' alumni are justly considered an important component of the scientific, technical and cultural elite of the Nepali society. Many of them hold key positions in the public and private entities today - ministries, academic and educational centers as well as commercial companies.
Another proof of their top professional qualities and merits was the appointment by Royal Decree of D. Giavali - the Moscow Energy Institute's alumnus - to the post of the Minister for Water Recourses and G. P. Sharma - the Leningrad Medical Institute's alumnus - that of Vice Chancellor (Rector) of the Tribhuvan University.
In addition, many Russian (Soviet) HE institutions' alumni are high ranking public servants. They play an important role in such scientific and research and production centers as the Royal Nepali Academy of Science and Technology, the Nepali Council for International Affairs, the Nepali Association for Political Sciences, the Center for Strategic Studies, the Center for Nepali and Asian Studies, the Center for Economics and Administration, the Association of Nepal's Engineers, the Nepali Surgical Association, etc.
Thus, Mitra Kundj is one of diversified public organizations in Asia and the world which hold key positions in the non-governmental sector, public and private entities, and ministries, academic and educational institutions. It maintains close contacts with the Russian Center for Science and Culture in Katmandu which is often the venue for its meetings, conferences and the Executive Committee's sessions. Its most active functionaries, jointly with the Russian Center hold social, political, scientific, informational and cultural events which draw top people from the ministries and agencies, journalists, Russian diplomats, etc.
Mitra Kundj's increased capacity became particularly manifest in 2000 during the preparation and holding of the First Asian meeting of the alumni of the HE institutions of Russia and the other CIS countries in Katmandu. The forum, which attracted delegates from 12 Asian Associations, adopted the Katmandu Declaration - a program document for future cooperation between these Associations in the Asian region.
The Association currently focuses, among other, on helping Nepali businesses establish contacts with Russian partners, reviving the Nepali-Russian economic ties, primarily through reconstruction of the industrial facilities built in Nepal in the 1960s-1980s with the assistance of the Soviet Union.
Mitra Kundj stands for more active efforts in attracting the Nepali young people to study in the Russian HE institutions. To this end, there are plans to do a detailed study of the educational market and identify Nepal's needs in qualified experts. The centerpiece of its efforts continues to be the issue of a full recognition in Nepal of Russian diplomas of higher education and certificates of scientific degrees, especially in medical and engineering fields.
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