Collections Spotlight: Nepal Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science Project

9 03 2018

Did you know MSU participated in an international program in Nepal?  Archivists recently added materials into the Nepal Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science Project records, and now the collection is complete.

A006560

The Dean of the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS) in Nepal and the Director of the Midwest University Consortium for International Activities (MUCIA) project look at a globe, 1978 (A006560)

During the Nepal project, MSU collaborated with the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Midwest University Consortium for International Activities (MUCIA) to assist Tribhuvan University in the development of the Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS) in Rampur, Nepal.  Nepal needed IAAS to train people for Nepal’s agricultural sector.  MSU contributed to the project from 1975 to September 1984.  Faculty from MSU and other institutions traveled to Nepal provide technical assistance, assist with curriculum and program development, help with research and setting up research facilities, and to advise on administration of the institute.  In addition, students from Nepal came to the United States for education and then took their expertise back to Nepal.

pictures and program booklet

Cover of the “Pictures and Programme” booklet, Tribhuvan University, June 29, 1982

The eight boxes of Nepal project records in the University Archives contain progress, end of tour and final project reports, administration and financial records, inventories, and information about MSU and local employees.  There is also information about the agricultural research projects undertaken during the project.  The majority of the records are in English.

Soybean report

Cover of the Soybean Research Report

This collection is one of many related to MSU’s involvement in international projects.  Others include the Vietnam Project (http://archives.msu.edu/findaid/ua2-9-5-5.html), University of the Ryukyus in Japan (http://archives.msu.edu/findaid/ua2-9-5-16.html), University of Nigeria (http://archives.msu.edu/findaid/ua2-9-5-4.html), Pakistan Academies (http://archives.msu.edu/findaid/ua2-9-5-12.html), and the Brazil Project (http://archives.msu.edu/findaid/ua2-9-5-11.html).

Written by Sarah Roberts, acquisitions archivist

Sources:

Nepal Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science Project records (http://archives.msu.edu/findaid/ua2-9-5-25.html)

Horn, Nancy E., A Project History of Michigan State University’s Participation in International Development 1951-1985, College of Education Records (UA 15.7), June 1985, pages 162-163

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