Training

Interdisciplinary Analysts has been involved in training a younger generation of Nepali graduates. One course that it provided inputs to over the years was the Immersion Course on Contemporary Social Issues.

In 1998 Interdisciplinary Analysts, Himal Association and Rato Bangla Foundation began the Immersion Course on Contemporary Social Issues. There were various motives that guided the three organizations to begin the course. First was the understanding that graduates from Nepal’s university system have been poorly equipped in intellectually tackling contemporary social issues and processes. Second and related to it was the understanding that this shortcoming has not only deprived them of successfully competing, in more intellectually demanding job openings, with colleagues and peers trained elsewhere, but also retarded the development of a knowledge-oriented, broad-visioned Nepali society. The Immersion Course had as its goal a contribution towards helping make up for the lack of exposure to the social sciences in the Nepali educational system.

The Immersion course involved an orientation to sociology and anthropology followed by rigorous instructions on specific areas chosen mainly from, but not restricted to, the following subjects: education, history, law, development, ethnicity, media, gender, technology, health, religion, philosophy, globalization, religion and politics. Between 1998 and 2009, Immersion Course trained some 13 batches and some 300 Nepali graduates completed the course. In 2003 Interdisciplinary Analysts, Himal Association and Rato Bangla Foundation handed over the responsibility for undertaking the Immersion Course on Contemporary Social Issues to the newly emergent Social Science Baha and research associates at IDA continued their involvement in the Immersion Course in the capacity of moderators.

Social Science Baha, in turn, helped establish the Nepa School of Social Sciences and Humanities in early 2009. The primary mission of Nepa School of Social Sciences and Humanities is to ensure good quality higher education in social sciences and humanities in Nepal to help the country in its efforts to bring about more equitable and desirable social changes and a more open, democratic society.

Interdisciplinary Analysts has continuously provided inputs to Nepal School and its Chairman Dipak Gyawali is also the Chair at the school while its Director Sudhindra Sharma is a faculty member with the school.