Chitwan, Oct 7 : The first- ever Tharu Research Center has been established at Bachhauli of Ratnanagar municipality-6 in Chitwan.
Non Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) former president Jiba Lamichhane inaugurated it amidst a programme here on Sunday. The center is set up as part of the Tharu Cultural Museum.
On the occasion, the NRNA former president expressed his hope that research about the Tharu culture and life history would be easier with the establishment of the center. He was honoured on the occasion.
The Khemlal and Harikala Lamichhane Trust had assisted Rs 1.23 million to construct the center’s building.
As said by Museum chair Birendra Mahato, lawmakers Surendra Pandey and Rukmani Chaudhary contributed Rs one million under the electoral constituency infrastructure development programme to the project and the then Bachhauli VDC wards 5, 6, and 7 had provided Rs 400 thousand, Rs 500 thousand was managed through internal sources and two French students donated Rs 200 thousand to establish the center. There were other several organisations who had financially assisted the project.
The Museum was established in 2063 BS. People from home and abroad arrive here to visit the Museum and the research center was the outcome of combined efforts of the local Tharu community, the National Trust for Nature Conservation and the Museum, it is said.