Brief Profile of Chandra Kumar Laksamba


claksamba@nou.edu.np
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House No. 9, Civil Homes Colony 1-A, Ward No. 12, Thecho, Godawari Municipality, Lalitpur

Chandra Kumar Laksamba achieved his Ph.D. in Lifelong Learning from the University of Surrey in 2005. Prior to pursuing an academic career, he served for 19 years in the British Gurkhas. He is a founding member, former Executive Director, and Senior Researcher of the Centre for Nepal Studies UK (CNSUK). He coordinated CNSUK’s ‘Large-scale Survey on Nepalis Living in the UK 2006 - 2009’. Dr. Laksamba was a researcher at the University of Oxford from 2009 - 2012. He was a lead researcher of ‘British Gurkha Pension 2012 - 2014’ and ‘Social Mobility Research on Nepali Diaspora in the UK 2015 - 2017’. He was an Examiner of the University of Cambridge International Examinations from 2014 - 2018. He was a facilitator, mentor, and assessor of City & Guilds ‘Professional Recognition Awards (PRA Level 4 – 8)’ from 2005 - 2019. Dr. Laksamba was also a British Gurkhas Pension Expert and Advisor of the British Gurkhas Case. He was a Member/Gurkhas Pension Expert of the ‘Gurkha Technical Committee 2017 - 2018’ formed by the Minister of State for the Armed Forces John M Lancaster TD, MP on 29 March 2017 to address the Gurkha issues. He is one of the research team members of the ongoing ‘SSAFA Gurkha Services Research Project 2018 – 2020’. Dr. Laksamba is an Adjunct Professor/Associate Professor and Faculty Course Coordinator of Social Sciences, Nepal Open University (NOU). He has been teaching/supervising M.Phil. and Ph.D. at the NOU since July 2018. He is a Senate Member of Lumbini Buddhist university nominated by the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the university.
 
Highlights:  
  • Senate Member of Lumbini Buddhist University.
  • ‘British Gurkha Pension Policies and Ex-Gurkha Campaigns: A Review’ - a research report presented at the Gurkha Welfare Inquiry, All Party Parliamentary Group on Gurkha Welfare, House of Commons UK on Wednesday 12th March 2014 - Laksamba, C.K., Adhikari, K. P., Dhakal, L. P., David N. Gellner, Oxford University.
  • British Gurkhas Pension Expert and Advisor of the British Gurkhas Case.
  • Member and Gurkhas Pension Expert of the ‘Gurkha Technical Committee’ formed by the Minister of State for the Armed Forces John M Lancaster TD, MP on 29 March 2017 to address the Gurkha issues and find a way forward to resolution it.
  • Chief Election Commissioner, Non-Resident Nepali Association, UK 2017.
  • CNSUK’s Census - Dr. Chandra K. Laksamba interviewed by Khagendra Nepali for NTV.
  • Founding Editor-in-Chief – Journal of Social Sciences and Education, NOU
  • Founding Editor - Journal of the Global Nepali Diaspora, CNSUK
  • Founding Editor-in-Chief - Europeko Nepali Patra.
  • Founding Editor-in-Chief - The Gurkha Voice.
  • Editorial Team Member - अथक योद्धा अम्बिका साँवा स्मृति ग्रन्थ, २०१९ (९७६ पृष्ठ)
  • Co-supervision: PhD; Supervision: Level 8 (Equivalent to Ed.D. and Ph.D.), and Level 7 (Equivalent to M.A. and M.Sc.)
  • Research interests - lifelong learning policy and practice of Nepal, lifelong learning and globalization, problems and prospects of open and liberal learning, Gurkhas and issues of equality, active citizenship and youth movement, the role of anthropology in planning and development, anthropology of Nepali diaspora and social mobility.
Special Accomplishments
Selected 
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:                                                     
  • Effectiveness of Facebook-Integrated Instructional Method in Improving Learners’ English Reading Proficiency (Keshab Kumar Sijali and Chandra Kumar Laksamba). Journal for Research Scholars and Professionals of English Language Teaching 19(4) (2020): 1-12.
  • Effectiveness of Facebook-integrated Instructional Method in Improving Learners’ English Listening Proficiency in Schools in Nepal (Keshab Kumar Sijali and Chandra Kumar Laksamba). Language in India 20(5) (2020): 28-40.
  • An authentic and generous adult educator: Peter Jarvis, 1937-2018 (John Holford, Steven Hodge, Marcella Milana, Richard Waller and Susan Webb (Chandra K. Laksamba, p. 47-48). International Journal of Lifelong Education 37(6) (2018):637-658.
  • Shrines and Identities in Britain’s Nepali Diaspora (David N. Gellner, Sondra L. Hausner, Chandra Laksamba, & Krishna P. Adhikari). Diaspora 19(1) (2016): 116-47.
  • Social Mobility of Nepalis in the UK: A Case Study of Fairfax Road, Farnborough (Chandra K. Laksamba, Krishna P. Adhikari, Lokendra P. Dhakal). The Britain-Nepal Society 40 (2016): 26-31.
  • Fairly Dynamic: A Case Study of Nepali Migration in Fairfax Road, Farnborough (Chandra K. Laksamba, Krishna P. Adhikari, Lokendra P. Dhakal). NRNA Voice, December 2016.
Selected Online Academic Articles: Book Chapters:
  • Vernacular Religion: Cultural Politics, Community Belonging, and Personal Practice in the UK’s Nepali Diaspora (David N. Gellner, Sondra L. Hausner, Laksamba, C. K., Adhikari, K. P.) in David N. Gellner (ed) Shrines and Identities in Britain’s Nepali Diaspora, pp. 103-131. VAJARA BOOKS/CNSUK). (2019).
  • CNSUK’s 2008 Survey of Nepalis in the UK: Counting Ourselves (Adhikari, K. P., Laksamba, C. K.) in David N. Gellner and Sondra L. Hausner (ed) Global Nepalis: Religion, Culture, and Community in a New and Old Diaspora, pp. 303-31. Oxford University Press. (2018).
  • Education and Employment (Laksamba, C. K., Dhakal, L. P., Holford, J.), in Adhikari, K. P. (ed) Nepalis in the United Kingdom: An Overview, pp. 69-90. CNSUK. (2012).
  • Battlefields to Civvy Street: Struggles in Britain’s Gurkhas (Laksamba, C. K.) in Adhikari, K. P. (ed) Nepalis in the United Kingdom: An Overview, pp. 102-22. CNSUK. (2012).
Books:
  • ब्रिटिस गोर्खा निबृतीभरणसम्बन्धी नीतिहरु र भूतपूर्वगोर्खा अभियान: एक समिक्षा (लक्सम्बा, सी. के., अधिकारी, के. पी., ढकाल, एल. पी., डेभिड, एन. गेल्नर). सिएनएसयुके (२०१९)
  • British Gurkha Pension Policies and Ex-Gurkha Campaigns: A Review (Laksamba, C.K., Adhikari, K. P., Dhakal, L. P., David, N. Gellner). CNSUK. (2013).
Selected Presentations:
Report: Selected Panel Discussion: Selected Articles (Opinion/Perspective): Selected Academic Papers Presented at Conferences and Workshops:
  • Navigating between two cultures: Nepali Youths in the UK. (Chandra K. Laksamba, Krishna P. Adhikari, Lokendra P. Dhakal and Sangita Shrestha) - A paper presented at the BNAC’s 15th Nepal Study Days at Bournemouth University on 12 - 13 April 2017.  
  • Which direction are we going? Social Mobility of Nepali Community in the UK: A Case Study of Fairfax Road Farnborough. (Chandra K. Laksamba, Krishna P. Adhikari, Lokendra P. Dhakal and Sangita Shrestha) - A paper presented at the BNAC’s 14th Nepal Study Days at LJMU Liverpool on 14 - 15 April 2016.
  • Ethnic Minority and Social Mobility: A Case Study of the Nepali Community in England. (Chandra K. Laksamba and Lokendra P. Dhakal) - A paper presented at the BNAC’s 13th Nepal Study Days at SOAS London on 16 - 17 April 2015.
  • British Gurkha Pension Policies: A Review. (Chandra K. Laksamba and Lokendra P. Dhakal) - A paper presented at the BNAC’s 12th Nepal Study Days at Oxford on 24 - 25 April 2014.
  • Shrines and Identities in the UK's Nepali Diaspora. (David N. Gellner, Sondra L. Hausner, and Chandra K. Laksamba) - A paper presented at the University of Oxford on 11 - 12 July 2012.
  • Counting on us: CNSUK's Survey of Nepali in the UK 2008. (Krishna P. Adhikari and Chandra K. Laksamba) - A paper presented at the University of Oxford on 9 - 10 July 2012
  • The Creation of Public Meaning in the Emergence and Growth of the Maoist Insurgency: An Analysis. (Chandra K. Laksamba) - A paper presented at Martin Chautari, Kathmandu, Nepal on 4 – 5 September 2011. URL:  http://martinchautari.org.np
  • The Policy and Practice of Lifelong Learning in Nepal: A Socio-Political Study. (Chandra K. Laksamba) - A paper presented at Lifelong Learning Revisited: what next? Conference, University of Stirling, Scotland, 23-26 June 2009. URL: http://radar.gsa.ac.uk/2204/1/CRLL%20Conference%20Programme%20Book%202009.pdf
Thesis (Doctoral):
  • Laksamba, Chandra (2005) Policy and practice of lifelong learning in Nepal: a socio-political study, Doctoral thesis, University of Surrey.
          URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/794561 Experience
  • 2018 -  Present:  Faculty Course Coordinator/Facilitator, Nepal Open University (NOU)
  • 2006 -  Present:  Senior Researcher, Centre for Nepal Studies UK (CNSUK)
  • 2006 -  Present: Founder Board of Director, Europe ko Nepali Patra, Weekly Newspaper, Published in London (www.nepalipatra.com)
  • 2005 - 02/2019:        Facilitator, Mentor and Assessor, Level 4 - 8, City & Guilds
  • 2014 - 12/2018: Examiner, University of Cambridge International Examinations
  • 2011 – 2015:     Editor In Chief: The Gurkha Voice
  • 2012 - 2014:      Executive Director, Centre for Nepal Studies UK (CNSUK)
  • 2009 - 2012:      Researcher, University of Oxford
  • 2008 - 2010:      Instructor, Youth Movement, HQ Surrey Wing Air Training Corps
  • 2007 - 2009:      Co-ordinator/Researcher, Nepali Population in the UK
  • 2006 - 2009:      Co-ordinator, CNSUK
  • 2006 - 2008:      Editor In Chief: Europeko Nepali Patra
  • 2005 - 2007:      Managing Director, Nepal Focus (A Socio-Political, Analytical/Academic Monthly Magazine -Published in Nepal).
  • 2000 - 2005:      M.Phil., Ph.D. Student, International & Policy Studies, Faculty of Arts and Human Science, University of Surrey, UK.
  • 1984 - 2003:      British Army, Brigade of Gurkhas (1997 – 2003, Mentor and Assessor, Defence Medical Services Training Centre, Ministry of Defence UK)
Education (Academic Qualifications)
  • Sociology (Lifelong Learning)
University of Surrey – Surrey, England
  • Sociology (Lifelong Learning)
University of Surrey – Surrey, England
  • Teacher Training - Post 16 Learners
University of Surrey – Surrey, England
  • Public Policy and Management
University of London – London, England
  • Philosophy
University of London – London, England
  • Science
Ascol, Tribhuvan University – Kathmandu, Nepal 
  • School Leaving Certificate
Bhanu Public Secondary School – Taplejung, Nepal

Education (Vocational Qualifications):
 
  • Assessors First Line: Vocational and Professional Skills Scottish Qualifications Authority – Scotland
  • Assessors Second Line: Vocational and Professional Skills Scottish Qualifications Authority – Scotland
  • AEPHC: Advance Emergency and Primary Health Care City and Guilds – London, England
  • OTT: Operation Theatre Technician Queen Elizabeth Military Hospital – Aldershot, England
  • Level 3: Training and Development Edexcel London, England
  • Level 3: Business and Administration Edexcel – London, England

Unpublished Work:
Book:
  • The transformation of Limbuwan into the Kipat system: The process of phasing out of the Limbu people and their identity
  • Policy and practice of lifelong learning in Nepal: A socio-political study
Article
  • The influence of religion and culture in lifelong learning: A case study of Nepal

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