Bishweswar Prasad Koirala, after whose name the Foundation is established, is the symbol of Nepali renaissance. His ideas and vision made him a unique mixture of liberalism, humanism and social justice. He was a crusader against all forms of injustices perpetrated in various forms and through various agencies, state and non-state. He occupies a unique place in politics, literature and intellectual thinking process making him a statesman – politician. B.P. had the distinction of being the first elected Prime Minister, following his party’s overwhelming victory in the 1959 general election.
B.P.’s involvement in the Indian Nationalist Movement and its impact on his political thinking process made him a close friend of India.
A unique institution for cultural co-operation between India and Nepal:
The B.P.Koirala India – Nepal Foundation (BPKF) was established in December, 1991. The BPKF was instituted by the two Governments during the visit of the then Prime Minister, G.P.Koirala (B.P.Koirala’s youngest brother) through a historic Memorandum of Understanding between Government of Nepal and the Government of the Republic of India.
The BPKF was jointly inaugurated in 1992 by the Prime Ministers of India and Nepal, with the objective of supplementing the normal cooperation and interaction at the Government – to – Government level by providing business leaders, statesmen, media persons, economists, professionals, students, theatre personalities, artists and others with channels of communication to constantly nurture and further enhance the understanding and friendship between the two countries.
The Foundation is financed through revenues generated from a Trust Fund, which has been set up principally through grants made available by Government of Nepal and the Government of India. The Foundation also accepts unconditional grants from other agencies, both public and private.
The BPKF has been set up:
(i) To foster educational, cultural, scientific and technical cooperation between India and Nepal.
(ii) To promote mutual understanding and co-operation through the process of wide sharing of knowledge and professional talents in both academic pursuits and technical specialization.
he thrust areas of activities identified for promoting understanding and cooperation are:
1. Education and Culture
2. Agricultural Research
3. Science and Technology
5. Technical Training
6. Development Studies
7. Women Development
8. Area Studies
9. Media Studies
The Foundation extends financial supports for higher studies, research and other educational activities and in – service training, visits and exchange of scholars, writers, politicians, media – persons, administrators, businessmen and other professionals in various fields.
Structure of the Foundation
The BPKF is managed by a ten member of Board of Directors headed by the two Co-Chairpersons. The Ambassador of India to Nepal and the Nepalese Ambassador to India are the Co-Chairpersons of the Board. Other members of the Board are nominated by the two Governments from amongst the distinguished persons in their respective fields, while the two Joint Secretaries incharge of their respective Foreign offices of India and Nepal desks will be the ex-officio members. Two officials of respective Embassies are designated to act jointly as secretaries of the Foundation.
The Board manages, supervises and controls the affairs of the Foundation. It meets twice a year to consider various proposals and projects received by the Foundation, and sanctions funds. Towards meeting the stated objectives, individuals, institutions or groups can approach the Foundation for consideration of their proposals through prescribed format made available in foundation offices in Delhi and Kathmandu.