Governing Board (GB) Members of the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC), member country representatives and development partners welcomed the first Nepalese and 11th Director General of the College, Dr. Ram Hari Lamichhane in a simple Welcome Dinner and Turn-Over Ceremony held on September 13, 2016 at CPSC.
Led by the CPSC Governing Board Chairperson, Her Excellency, Aruni Ranaraja, Ambassador of the Embassy of Sri Lanka, GB Members and representatives from embassies of Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore and Thailand acknowledged the assumption of charge of the new Director General and conveyed their warm wishes for the duration of his tenure.
Following her best wishes on the appointment of Dr. Ram Hari, the Board Chairperson, on behalf of the GB Members, said that "Your appointment to this high post is a clear manifestation of the trust and confidence of the member countries of CPSC that have been reposed in your ability to steer the organization in building a global knowledge workforce across the Asia Pacific region that is inclusive and sustainable. I'm confident that CPSC under your able leadership will be able to maintain an efficient, effective and high quality TVET systems relevant to socio-economic demands and challenging market needs of the world of work, I'm sure during your tenure of office CPSC will be able to maintain its culture of quality in designing, conducting and evaluating demand-driven training program, consultancy projects and research and development initiatives."
In response, the 11th Director General stated that "I acknowledge the very good cooperation CPSC has with our member countries, partner organizations and friends. I am committed to maintain this cooperation and where possible, explore further opportunities to bring our partnership to greater heights. I believe that together, we can do more for the benefit of the countries in the Asia Pacific region if we synergize each other's strengths and service-orientation. Let us work together for our partnership to bear mutual benefits and be in alignment with our respective organizational objectives and goals.
Rest assured that I am going to give my 101% in any endeavor of CPSC. Your messages will serve as inspiration and motivation for me to work hard every day in leading CPSC..."
Prof. Dr. G. Kulanthaivel, Faculty Consultant welcomed Dr. Lamichhane on behalf of the CPSC faculty and staff. He handed over to the new Director General the key to the Office of the Director General as a symbolic way of turning over leadership as he relinquished his responsibilities as Acting Director General. Prof. Dr. GK mentioned latest accomplishments of the College and extended pledges of strong support of all the faculty and staff to his new leadership.
Other GB Members and representatives present were Vice Chair HE Thanatip Upatising of the Embassy of Thailand; HE Maj. Gen. John Gomes, psc (Retd.), Bangladesh; HE Safdar Hayat, Pakistan; Deputy Chief of Mission Mr. Scott Loh Chee Heong, Singapore; Minister Counsellor/Deputy Chief of Mission Mr. Akmal Che Mustafa, Malaysia; First Sec. (Commercial) Mr. N. Ramakrishnan, India and Counsellor Ms. Lei Lei Sein, Myanmar. The DG in his response particularly thanked the embassies of Iran and Indonesia for joining the event in his fervent hope for sustained talks with them on possible rejoining to CPSC. Minister Mr. Seyed Hossein Mir Eskandari and Second Secretary (Economic) Mr. Arief Adnan represented Iran and Indonesia, respectively.
Representatives from member countries Bhutan, Fiji, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand also joined the welcome dinner to honor the new DG. High ranking officials from various ministries, departments, TVET institutions and education sector of said member countries are in Manila for the Regional Program on Skills for TVET Sustainability being held from September 13-17, 2016.
International networks and development partners such as Asian Development Bank, Toyota Motor Foundation, Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIED) and Access Skills Training (AST) also came to wish the new DG strengthened alliance and cooperation towards mutual aspirations for TVET.
Dr. Lamichhane hails from Makawanpur, Nepal and had served as Member Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) in Kathmandu, Nepal (2013-2016) prior to his appointment as CPSC DG. He had also been the Director of the Technical Division of CTEVT and worked as a Project Manager for the ADB-Funded Skills for Employment Project (SEP), in Kathmandu, Nepal (2007-2010). He had taken charge of various international projects in some countries as Manager and Coordinator since 2000. He had also been in the academe as Principal of Pokhara Tourism Training Center, Pokhara, Nepal (1996-2000) and as Instructor of different technical schools in the country.
The new DG earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Education Leadership from Kathmandu University in Nepal (2000-2006). He has a degree in Educational Administration, Planning and Policy as a Humphrey/Fullbright Professional from Peabody College/Vanderbilt University, Tennessee, USA (2010-2011). Dr. Lamichhane obtained his Master in Business Management (MBA) (1989-1990) and his Bachelor in Commerce degrees from (1987-1988) from Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu Nepal.
Cultural dance, song and instrumental performances from the CPSC staff and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Employees' Rondalla serenaded Dr. Ram Hari and which formed part of the program and merry-making during the happy occasion of welcoming the new DG.