Kathmandu, April 27, 2018: Nepal Vocational Academy (NVA) initiated newari architecture course in Bhaktapur with the objective to produce competent and market-oriented skilled workers, giving them practical experience and then employment, with the capacity to train 200 people. NVA is now officially established in Kamalbinayak, Bhaktapur.
Rabindra Puri with the aim to restore Newari architecture in Panauti opened his first academy in January 2015. With the increasing demand inauguration of the new academy was done by Education Minister, Giriraj Mani Pokharel and Chairman of Germany’s Schülerhilfe für Nepal, Joerg Bahr. During the inauguration event, Minister Pokharel said “I am not a keen person who likes attending inauguration programmes but I have seen Puri’s rebuilding work before. He has done remarkable contribution rebuilding the damaged schools in Kavre and Ramechhap by the 2015 earthquake.”
The winner of Asia Pacific Cultural Heritage Award, Puri said, “After the 2015 earthquake, the demand for traditional houses equipped with modern amenities has shot up, leading to the growth in the number of trainees. That’s the main reason behind why we have added another campus in Bhaktapur”.
The new Academy is planning to give training on courses such as Electrician, Plumbing, Wood Carving, Teachers Training and so on to rebuild traditional houses after the Gorkha Earthquake and to mitigate unemployment in Nepal. The academy comprise of four workshops, eight classrooms, an office, a meeting room and a conference hall. Puri made donation of one ropani land which current market worth is Rs 70 million, also Schülerhilfe für Nepal donated Rs 50 million to the academy. The academy in Bhaktapur will be running training programmes from August. The academy offers a year-long training programme-three months of vocational training based on CTEVT and nine months on the job training based on its curriculum.