Social Psychology in Nepal: Interview with Nepalese Psychologists


Article/Paper Review

Levine, R. (1993). Social Psychology in Nepal: An interview with Sarvagya Narayan Shrestha, Murari Prasad Regmi, and Ayan Bahadur Shrestha. Contemporary Social Psychology, 17, 4-7.

This article/paper is based upon the interviews done with three prominent psychologists from Nepal in late 1991 by Robert V. Levine through the mail. The three psychologists tell us about the status of social psychology and more about psychology in general, in context of Nepal. All of them were affiliated with the Central Department of Psychology, Tribhuvan University and had been Head of the Department.

Surprisingly, the quotes from 1993 article are still valid in the context of Nepal in 2010 after 19 years (interviews done in 1991) the conversations were reported. Dr. Sarvagya Narayan Shrestha was the founding president of Nepalese Psychological Association (NPA) established in 1982. Unfortunately, this body has not been efficient ever since it was established. It was recently revived by a group of psychologists and professionals but is still not very active even in the capital city of the country. This organization has been said to be among the ten first organizations to be registered in Kathmandu District Administration office.

The article mentions the names of few psychologists like Dr. Barun Kumar Tiwari, Dr. Bhuvan Lal Joshi, Dr. Ram Adhar Singh who left for foreign countries to pursue better career opportunites but they never came back to Nepal. We still have not heard about them. It also mentions Dr. Karuna Want (Pant), the only social psychologist back then who was working with the Family Planning Association of Nepal.

The psychologists give us the bleak picture of Psychology in Nepal and how underpaid the professors are. Dr. Sarvagya said, “If psychology is to be developed in Nepal, the discipline must be transferred from the faculty of humanities and social sciences to the institute of medicine or the institute of science and technology.” However, to this day, this discipline is still under the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The plea of the psychologist has been unaddressed.

In fact, psychology in Nepal is not a very popular subject of study nor a very popular profession. However, lately, more and more people have positive attitude towards this subject because of its broad scope and unlimited usefulness.

Downloads:

Review Paper: Articlelevine93.pdf

Full text: CSP interview Nepal.pdf

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