Establishing and building our own Nepalese community centre has been a long time aspiration of entire Nepalese Community in Victoria. The dream of Nepalese community centre was conceived after the inception of Nepalese Association of Victoria (NAV) in 1997 under the presidency of Dr Raju Adhikari. To turn this aspiration into reality, we are delighted to announce the establishment of Australian Nepalese Multicultural Centre (ANMC) under the leadership of respected community leader and past NAV president Ranjan Vaidya. ANMC is a joint initiative of NAV, NRNA Australia (VIC) supported by all Nepalese community organisation and passionate individuals. The sole objective of ANMC is to undertake the responsibility of establishing and operation our own community centre. It will also initiate and enact all necessary formalities to establish the Centre. It is very important to clarify that ANMC is not just another parallel community organisation but a mutual collaboration of the whole community with distinct objective. Currently there is no community venue for Nepalese community in Victoria, hence the community organisations are struggling to serve the community effectively and efficiently. ANMC in Victoria will provide a venue ; – to service delivery groups to support new migrants (Nepalese community is emerging community) to settle in Australia. – to practice spiritual / religious functions – to share the culture with all community groups – for meetings – for senior citizens to meet regularly This venue will also be available for other community groups (by booking) for their community activities.
Rajesh is a founding treasurer of ANMC and has been continuously serving ANMC in various capacities from its inception in 2014. With his 20 plus years of professional background as a Chartered Accountant, Rajesh has worked in banking, public practice, property development, Government Department and education sector. He is the founder and managing director of Blue Lotus College and Lotus smart Accountants Pty Ltd. Rajesh is highly passionate and committed to building a Nepalese cultural centre in Victoria. Migrated to Australia in 2007, Rajesh believes that having a Nepalese cultural centre will promote multiculturism and diversity in Australian society. As a President, he is responsible for coordinating the tasks of various sub-committees managing community relationship, setting strategic direction, policy development, risk management, fund raising and overseeing overall operation of the committee.
Vice President (W)
Niru Tripathi is a professional journalist and an author who has specialized in various realms such as; women and gender equality, social and community development, media and literature, and professional organization communication. She has been associated with some community organizations in Australia and Nepal. Currently, Ms. Tripathi is working as PR Officer and Executive Assistant to Hon. Consul General of Nepal to Victoria and also, she an Editor at Nepali Times Melbourne (NTM), a Co-publication of Nepali Times Australia (NTA). She has been regarded as the youngest and first woman Editor of Nepali print media in Australia. She has experience working as a reporter for a number of media in Nepal. She has studied Master of Professional and Organizational Communication (Journalism) from Victoria University, Melbourne. She was awarded by the OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO POSTGRADUATE LIFE AWARD, awarded by Victoria University Postgraduate Association. She has been commended as CERTIFICATE OF MERIT in the category of MEDIA, at Victoria’s Multicultural Awards for Excellence. She was appointed as a brand ambassador for the SERENDIP award initiated by the Sri Lankan community in Victoria. She was presented by IIM-Africa' 'Honorary fellow of the Institute of Information Management (FIIM) in recognition of good work, remarkable achievements and exemplary leadership in the community, 2018. She was awarded the MEDIA PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR by Non-Resident Nepalese Association also awarded by Presidential Award by NRNA respectively. Her other organization affiliation are: Currently, she is vice president of the Australian Nepalese Journalist Association (ANJA) and spokesperson and Head of Media Department of South Asian Community Link Group (SACLG). She has been served as Secretary at Australian Nepalese Multicultural Centre (ANMC)'s Saptaha Project as well as secretary and International Relations Manager for Nepal Festival 2016 and 2018 respectively. She is a long-standing contributor and commentator to various newspapers, digital news services, and Print media outlets in Nepal and Australia. Her interests are in literature writing, community service, and traveling.
Narayan Prasad Kafle has completed Masters of Science (MSc) in Sustainable Energy Systems and Management (SESAM) from University of Flensburg, Germany. Mr. Kafle also has finished Bachelors in Engineering (BE), Civil Engineering from Trubhuvan Univeristy, Nepal. Professionally a CEC accredited PV system designer, Mr Kafle has servied as commercial Photovoltaic (PV) system designer more than 13 years in Australian Solar industry. He also has served as dy. Executive director of Alternative Energy Promotion Centre (AEPC) Nepal and renewable Energy lecturer in Institute of Engineering, Nepal.
Mr. Kafle has served as Secretary of Australian Nepalese Multicultural Centre (ANMC) in ExCom from 2017 to till now. He is servicing as Non-resident Nepalese Association (NRNA) ICC member, Secretary of ICC Foundation department & co-chair of Youth Volunteers For Nepal (YV4N) committee. He has served as NRNA Australia NCC member in 2015. Also, Mr Kafle was elected president of Free Students Union in Institute of Engineering, Punchwork Campus in 1992. Mr Kafle has served in different capacity in numerous organizations in Australia.
Ganesh Adhikari, originally from Chitwan, is a resident of Craigieburn Victoria. He has completed his Master of Engineering Studies (Telecommunication and Electrical) from University of Wollongong, Australia and Bachelor degree in Electronics Engineering from Institute of Engineering, Pulchowk Campus, TU, Nepal. Ganesh is the director of Everest Electrical Engineering Services Pty Ltd and Fully Promoted Campbellfield. From 2011, Ganesh worked as a Gaming Technology Office for Norther Territory Government for 5 years. Ganesh has involved in several community organizations in Northern Territory and Victoria: Secretary of Nepalese Association of Northern Territory Inc 2012-13 , President of Nepalese Association of Northern Territory Inc 2014-16, NRNA Australia- NCC Member from VIC 2017-19, Executive Committee Member & Acting Vice President of Multicultural Council of Northern Territory 2014-15, Executive Committee of Neighborhood Watch NT 2014 and Advisor: Current NRNA Australia Victoria. His interests are Community services, Lawn Tennis, Cricket, Soccer, Travel, Music.
Dr Tilak Pokharel has completed his PhD in Structural/Earthquake engineering from the University of Melbourne in 2017. He has finished his masters and bachelors in Engineering from the University of Tokyo and Tribhuvan University respectively. He has received the gold medal for scoring highest grades in both bachelor and masters in Engineering. He is also a recipient of Nepal Bidhya Bhusan from Government of Nepal and Academic and Professional award from NAV. Currently, Dr Pokharel is working as a National Technical Manager at AEFAC at the Swinburne University of Technology. Dr Pokharel has served as an executive committee member of NAV. He is also volunteering to run the Nepali Radio program "Melbourne Chautari" since 2016. He has involved several community organizations in Nepal, Japan and Australia including founding president of Nepali Students Association in the University of Melbourne.
Executive Member (W)
Kalpana Gyawali completed Masters of Nursing Science from Melbourne University. Kalpana has also finished MPA from Charles Sturt University. She has also completed Masters in Business Administration from Pokhara University, Nepal. Currently, working in Nursing home. Kalpana has been involved in community work and has been the active member of Didi Baini Samaj Victoria. She believes that being a part of ANMC can help to preserve and uplift the Nepalese culture and she truly believes that culture reflects and shape values and aspirations thereby defining the identity. So, to work in a team in ANMC and to transfer the culture to the upcoming generation is essential.
Executive Member (W)
Sanjita Neupane is a Registered Nurse by Profession and is currently working as a senior RN in Northern Hospital as well as an Immunizer for the Hospital. Sanjita has completed her Masters of Nursing in Chronic diseases from Charles Darwin University in 2018 as a Royal Darwin Hospital scholar. Sanjita has worked in different Public and private Hospitals at Sydney, Darwin, Melbourne as well as Nepal. Sanjita is currently an executive member of (ANMDA) Australasian Nepalese Medical and Dental Association member for Victoria, Australia. Sanjita has been involved in few of the Nepalese communities by doing some voluntary work like Epping Wollert Nepalese community. She believes working together in a team makes everything possible. Hence, working collectively to make ANMC's agenda successful will be her main objective.
Gandhi Bhattarai graduated BSC (PCM) in Kanpur India And moved to Kathamandu. He become secondary teacher from 2002 -2006 meanwhile completing Bachelor of Education and pursuing Master of science from TU. Gandhi moved to Melbourne in 2007 and since then involved in community activities. By profession Gandhi is a Retail Manager managing businesses since 2010. Gandhi has been actively contributing in Vic Tas team Recognition in Business to make work place enjoyable and promote culture of rewarding and recognise team for their contributions above and beyond. In community service terms Mr. Gandhi has served as executive admin of Nepali Dharma Samaj in Kanpur India from 1998 -2001. Where Aakar Shree Pashupati Temple is successfully run. Temple was established in 1979 and completed in 2000. In Melbourne Gandhi contributed as a Secretary of Gulmi Samaj Victoria (2 terms) from 2016 to 2019 and following by President of Gulmi Samaj Victoria since July 2018. He is also serving ANMC as an executive team member since 2016 and Royal western FC since 2020. Gandhi has successfully run numerous community initiatives in the term of health emergencies, Natural disaster relief and COVID -19 support etc under his leadership in GSVA. Gandhi’s main reason to involve in community service is to pursue our culture and traditions to second and third generation Nepalese Australians.