Call for Presentation and Poster Proposals 2015

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International Conference on “Strategic Partnership between Diaspora and Homeland”

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Nepalese Students’ Association (NeSA), New Mexico State University (NMSU) is pleased to invite you to submit presentation and poster proposals for its seventh annual conference incorporating the theme “Strategic Partnership between Diaspora and Homeland”.

Conference aims

In this increasingly interdependent and globalized world, Diaspora has emerged as a major developmental actor. It is widely acknowledged that the Diaspora with their augmented knowledge, capital and other social values are capable of making remarkable contribution to the political and socio-economic development of the homeland. The circulation and implementation of this treasure is of huge significance. However, especially in developing countries the Diaspora is only seen in terms of the remittance sent/brought home. Keeping this in mind the first part of our conference will focus on strategies that would be helpful to change the concept of remittance dependent definition of the Diaspora. This is done by highlighting the ability to bring about policy development and extract the knowledge of the people who are spatially and socially exposed to a diverse community. The second aim of the conference is to provide non-intimidating platform for young researchers to present their research. Graduate and undergraduate students from different discipline would present their research or literature related to their research. One of the key ideas here is to acknowledge the participation of many students for whom English is not a first language and thus, have a fear of presenting in English.


Oral presentations and posters may include but not limited to the following topics of interest:

  • Policy to include diaspora for development and diversity of diaspora
  • Economic development and infrastructures (electricity, transportation, information and communication, irrigation, etc.)
  • Host and homeland relation and advantages
  • Health, education, literacy, and population sector
  • Science, engineering, and technology
  • Development of information and communication technologies
  • Socio-political and cultural transformation
  • Foreign employment, brain drain, and immigration (international migration)
  • Remitance and other treasures

Important Dates

  • Proposal submission deadline: March 5, 2015
  • Notification to author(s)/presenter(s): March 15, 2015
  • Conference date: March 21, 2015 (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
  • Proceedings Submission Deadline: TBA
  • Proceedings Publication Date: TBA

Conference Format

The conference will be held on one day (March 21nd, 2015) and will be divided into three session. All oral presentations will be allotted 20 minutes for presentation, which includes about 5 minutes for questions and answers. Poster presenters should stand by their poster the entire length of the Conference Session II (12:00 – 1:00).

Symposium Event I: 9:00-12:00 – Interdisciplinary Core Subjects 

Symposium Event II: 12:00-1:00 – Lunch with accompanying roundtable talk and poster presentations
Symposium Event III: 1:00-5:00 – Keynote Speaker Dr.Gyanu Lamichhane‘s talk and other talks on the topic resonating with the title of the conference.

Main categories for Conference Session I and II:
Interdisciplinary academic and professional disciplines: economics & business management, education, engineering, health & sports, history, information communication technologies, law, science, etc. Posters may cover any of the subject matters found under the topics heading, additionally poster presentations will be held during session II.

Main categories for Conference Sessions III:
Nepalese Diaspora, foreign trials and opportunities: knowledge networking, emerging aspects of cultural developmental issues, political, socioeconomic, and strategies for motherland revitalization.

Submission Guidelines

Proposal Contents: Extended abstract maximum word limit is 1000 words (including title, authors, affiliations, references, etc.). However, a presenter can extend his or her abstract if requested from the NeSA academic committee director.

Abstract Guidelines:
Font: Times New Roman
Title: Bold, size: 14
Affiliations: Italic,size 10
Abstract Text (Body): size 12
Keywords: 3 – 5 words (to appear after abstract text), italic, size 12
Note: Please italicize and underline where appropriate (e.g. italicize species’ name)

Review Process: A three-member review panel will review all submitted abstracts.

Abstract acceptance and rejection: Based on the decision of the review panel, NeSA’s Research and Academic subcommittee reserves the right to accept or reject abstracts.

Registration Fee: No registration fee will be required. Donations for the conference are always welcome.

Audio-Visual Equipment:AV equipment for PowerPoint presentations will be provided. Any other equipment or arrangement requests must be made at the time of proposal submission.

Submission: Abstracts will be sent to as an attached word document (.doc). Authors interested to submit papers are advised to visit this link for the preparation of presentation:

Lunch and Beverages

Refreshments will be provided by NeSA-NMSU.


Nepalese Students’ Association
New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM

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Organizing Committee

Rishi R Sapkota
Rajan Koirala
Uttar Shrestha
Vijaya K Pandey
Deepak Basyal

Further Questions and Inquires

Conference Coordinator: Rishi R Sapkota