PM Modi Nepal Visit : During the Nepal visit, several agreements were sign including cooperation between higher educational institutions and power authorities of both the countries. PM Modi held a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of Nepal. After the meeting of the two leaders, six MoUs were signed on strengthening cultural ties. Cooperation in the education sector and projects related to hydropower sector.
The list of agreements signed between the two countries includes a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) and Lumbini Buddhist University on the establishment of Dr. Ambedkar Chair for Buddhist Studies. In addition, the establishment of the ICCR Chair of Indian Studies was signed between the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and CNAS, Tribhuvan University.
On the invitation of Nepal’s PM Deuba, PM Modi reached Lumbini on Monday on the occasion of Buddha Purnima.
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted, “PM @narendramodi held bilateral talks with PM Sher Bahadur Deuba in Lumbini. This is an opportunity to strengthen the ongoing cooperation in our multi-faceted partnership and to explore new areas.” Modi reached Lumbini on Monday on the occasion of Buddha Purnima at the invitation of Nepal’s Prime Minister Deuba. He met Deuba after offering prayers at the Maya Devi temple here. After this there was a delegation level discussion between the two sides.
MoU signed for establishment of Buddhist Studies Chair
According to the Ministry of External Affairs, some agreements/MoUs were signed after the meeting. In this, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) and Lumbini Buddhist University for the establishment of Dr. Ambedkar Buddhist Studies Chair. A Memorandum of Understanding was sign between ICCR and CANS Tribhuvan University for the establishment of ICCR Chair on Indian Studies.
A Memorandum of Understanding was also signed between the Indian Council of Cultural Relations and the University of Kathmandu for the establishment of ICCR Chair on Indian Studies. Along with this, a MoU was also signed between Kathmandu University of Nepal and Indian Institute of Technology Madras. A Memorandum of Understanding (LOA) was signed between the two institutes for a joint degree program at the postgraduate level.
Agreement signed for the development and implementation of the Arun4 project
At the same time, an agreement was sign between SJNV Limited and Nepal Electricity Authority for the development and implementation of the Arun4 project. Ahead of his visit, the Prime Minister had said his visit to Nepal was aim at deepening the “time-tested” ties between the two countries. He said that both sides will take forward the understanding reached on expanding cooperation in various fields including hydropower, development and connectivity.
PM Modi offered prayers at the Maya Devi temple here.
Prime Minister Modi said that he is feeling blessed today. He expressed hope that Lord Buddha will do welfare of all and make the world peaceful and prosperous. Nepal’s Foreign Ministry tweeted, “On the auspicious occasion of Buddha Purnima, both the Prime Ministers offered prayers at the Maya Devi Temple in Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha”. The Indian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that during their one-day visit. At the first stop, Prime Minister Modi visited the Maya Devi temple. Modi was accompanied by Deuba and his wife Dr Arju Rana Deuba.
PM Modi’s fifth visit to Nepal since 2014
Prime Minister Modi along with Nepal’s Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Devba also laid the foundation stone for the construction of India International Center for Buddhist Culture and Heritage in Lumbini Monastery area. The center will constructed by the International Buddhist Association (IBC). New Delhi on a plot of land belonging to the Lumbini Development Trust (LDT). It was allocate to IBC under an agreement signed between IBC and LDT in March 2022. This is Prime Minister Modi’s fifth visit to Nepal since 2014. The Prime Minister and his team reached here in a special helicopter of the Indian Air Force from Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh.