Udaya Shumsher J.B. Rana is a Member of the Parliament who was elected from Lalitpur constituency # 1. He is a prominent and promising youth leader of the Nepali Congress party and also is the President of Nepal Tarun Dal which is the youth organization of the Nepali Congress Party. The Nepali Congress Party is a Social-Democratic Party and largest party in the Nepali Parliament. In the legislature he is also a member of the finance committee. Udaya also contested the CA elections in 2008 and narrowly lost by less than 900 votes.
Udaya received B.A. honours (History) degree from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University and completed his Masters degree from Cornell University, New York. He completed his high school; (class X) from St. Joseph’s College (North Point) Darjeeling (India) and went on to completed his higher secondary (class XII) from Lawrence School, Sanawar (India). Udaya’s interest in politics started during the Peoples’ Movement of 1989 when he was a student in Delhi University and as President of Nepal Students Union (NSU) he organized many programmes including rallies, talk programme to galvanize support for the democratic movement back home in Nepal. Udaya was also the Vice President of International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY), Vienna, Austria 1997-98. Udaya is from a political family, his father Sagar Shumsher Rana was Central Committee Member of the Nepali Congress and his uncle Bharat Shumsher was the leader of the opposition in the first parliament in 1959 as the leader of Gorkha Parishad Party.
Udaya’s family has also been involved in business and he is director of Nepal Traditional Crafts Pvt. Ltd. Established in 1964 by his father and is the oldest and was the first company to exports handicrafts from Nepal. Udaya has a wife Urvashi and two sons Ayush and Samar.
MY BIO DATA
- Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.
Master of Arts, January 1994
Thesis: The Foreign Policy of Nepal: with emphasis on relations with India and China.
- St. Stephen's College, University of Delhi, India.
Bachelor of Arts, Honors in History, May 1991
Minor: Political Science
- Lawrence School, Sanawar (Shimla Hills), India.
All India Senior School Certificate Examination, May 1988
- St. Joseph's College (North Point), Darjeeling, India.
Indian Certificate of Secondary Education, February 1986
- Member of Constituent Assembly-Elect 2013. From Lalitpur Constituency # 1
- President Nepal Tarun Dal 2012-
- Nepali Congress Candidate for Constituency Assembly-2008 (Direct) Elections from Lalitpur Constituency # 1. Lost by slim margin of around 900 votes.
- Nepali Congress MahaSamiti member Lalitpur Constituency # 1
- First Vice President of Nepal Tarun Dal 2007- 2011
- General Secretary of Nepal Tarun Dal 2006-2007
- Central Secretariat Member, Executive Committee Member & Chief of Foreign Department of Nepal Tarun Dal. 2002-2006
- President Nepal Tarun Dal, Lalitpur District 1998-2002.
- District Executive Committee Member of Nepali Congress Lalitpur.
- Joined Nepal Students Union (NSU) in 2045/03/21 B.S.
- Vice President International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) 1996/97.
- President of Nepal Students Union (NSU), Delhi Unit 2046/47.
- Rehabilitation of the Rajkulo of Lalitpur
Consultant/Advisor (August 2005 – July 2009)
Rehabilitation of the ancient royal irrigation canal that fed water to the Patan city from the outskirts of the valley. The canal is in a dilapidated condition. The project is funded by the Government of India and the implementing agencies are Environment and Heritage Conservation Nepal, Lalitpur Municipality and the local user’s committee.
- WHO & RUWDUC
Research Associate (September- December 2004)
The project funded by WHO and Family Health Division, Ministry of Health on "Collection and Compilation of available information with regard of Gender Based Violence in Nepal". Materials were both in Nepali and English; the report/catalogue was submitted in English.
- The Asia Foundation (TAF)
Consultant (March – May 2004)
Worked under a team leader to conduct an assessment study on US-AID funded project on Combating Trafficking of Women and Children in Nepal. Personally responsible for developing tools, checklists and for writing the final report. Besides meeting concerned persons in Kathmandu visited majority of the programme districts, including several VDCs. Analysis and recommendations were made for the next phase of the programme.
- SNV, Nepal & SAMANATA
Consultant (August 2003 – February 2004)
Hired as a consultant for a Study on “Decentralized Governance & Its Impacts on Development”. The study examined how the three different models of (local) governance impacted the delivery of goods and services to the people. Personally responsible for tools development, questionnaire and writing the final report. Besides interviewing central level decision makers also visited districts for field study.
- ESPS/DANIDA – Environment Sector Programme Support, Kathmandu
Team Leader (July – August 2003)
Environmental Management / Environment Sector Programme Support) trained Women Electric Vehicle (EV) Drivers”. Task included impact assessment study for the training that was carried out and also recommendation were made for the new and more effective training regime. Various methods were used, such as, questionnaires, interviews, on site visits and group discussions.
- Development Support Center (DESC), Lalitpur, Nepal
Project Coordinator (April 1994-September2001)
Coordinated rural development activities in South Lalitpur for DESC, a Non-Government Organization. Responsibility included communication with donor agencies affiliated organizations, local people and agencies. Conducted various projects ranging from health, educations, social mobilization, development and income generating programmes. Most importantly developed model village in Bhattedada for growth of value added agro product, animal husbandry with new technology and market support.
- Nepal Traditional Crafts Pvt. Ltd. (NTC), Lalitpur, Nepal
Assistant Manager (March 1994 - till date)
NTC is the oldest and one of the largest exporters of Nepalese Handicrafts from Nepal; a family business established in 1964. Besides the over all management of the company, concentrate in marketing and product development. Participate in various trade fairs in Europe including, Inhorgenta Jewelry Fair, Munich, March 1994; Frankfurt International Autumn Fair Tendence, Germany, August 1997; Maision & Object Trade Fair, Paris, September 1997.
- Nepal Tarun Dal (NTD)
President (2012-Till Date)
First Vice President (2007-2011)
General Secretary (2006-2007)
Central Secretariat Member& Chief of Foreign Department (2002-2006)
Founding President NTD, Lalitpur District (1998-2002)
NTD is the youth organization of the Nepali Congress Party. Traveled extensively through out the country for organizational work. Represented NTD in various national and international programmes and seminars. Elected to the central committee at the National Convention in July 2007 with the largest margin of votes.
- Center for Consolidation for Democracy (CCD), Jawalakhel, Nepal
Member (1995-till date)
A non-profit, non-government institution committed to the basic value of democracy and cause of social justice. CCD activities concentrates in two fronts i) publications related to the subject including documentations, survey and data collection studies ii) organizing discussions, workshops, seminars and discourse related to the subject; Personally: a consultant in a Data collection/survey conducted by the centre titled “Nepal People, Polity and Governance, A Survey of People’s Response to the Democratic Experiment (1991-95)” and published its findings.
- International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY)
Vice President (1995-1997)
An INGO with its secretariat in Vienna, Austria, it has a total of 124 member organizations from youth organizations from more than 95 nations. Primary objective of the international is to promote solidarity amongst youth that share a similar ideology and political platform. Elected to the post of Vice President at the XXI IUSY World Congress at Reggio-Emila, Italy; personally responsible for activities in the Asia-Pacific region and carried out a study on Child Labour.
- Nepalese Students Association (NSA) of Delhi
A non-political organization working towards the welfare of the Nepalese community in Delhi. Membership exceeded more than thousand students. Organized and led demonstrations supporting the "People's Movement" for democracy in Nepal. Efforts received coverage in leading Indian newspapers and magazines, including the Indian Express and the Telegraph.
- Nava Yug (Magazine of Nepalese Students Association of Delhi)
Assistant Editor (1989-1990)
Spent the spring of 1993 conducting intensive primary research for MA thesis - The Foreign Policy of Nepal, with emphasis on relations with India and China - in Kathmandu. Interviewed and discussed the relevant issues with prominent Nepalese, Indian and other politicians, former ministers, diplomats and scholars.
- Traveled to more than 30 countries in North America, South America, Africa, Europe and Asia-Pacific region and to more than 60 districts in Nepal.
- Participated in th International Leaders programme on invitation of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office British Government in London November 22-27, 2015
- Participated in Program for Visiting Members of Parliament, Leadership in the Digital Economy on invitation of NDI, IRG and House of Democracy Partnership Washington, D.C. & San Francisco and Silicon Valley, CA, February 10-20, 2015
- Member of a high level delegation led by former Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Sher Bahadur Deuba to China on the invitation of the Governor of Sichuan Province to grace the inaugural function of the Chendu Trade Fair, May 2007.
- Member of Nepali Congress (D) delegation lead by party Vice President Mr. Prakash Man Singh to Delhi to garner support for the Peoples Movement. Met the leader of opposition Mr. L.K. Advani, President of BJP Mr. Rajnath Singh, various leaders of the Indian National Congress and the Foreign Secretary of India amongst others, February 2006.
- Led the Nepalese delegation to IUSY Asia-Pacific Committee Meeting, Bangkok, June 10-12, 2005.
- Participated in the conference, “India-Nepal Relations Perspectives for the Future” on invitation of Observer Research Foundation (ORF) Institute of Asian Studies - Nepal Center, New Delhi, February 13 to 14, 2003.
- Led the Nepalese delegation to International Youth Conference on Terrorism, organized by Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, New Delhi, February 10 to 11, 2003. The Conference was inaugurated by the Prime Minster of India A.B. Vajpayee and Closing Session was chaired by Deputy Prime Minster of India L.K. Advani.
- Wilton Park Conference, South Asia Forum: Governance and Local Development in South Asia; for 40 “high fliers” from South Asia, under the age of 40, West Sussex, UK, April 29 to May 3, 2002.
- Member of delegation from Nepal to the IUSY Asia-Pacific Committee meeting, Bangkok, Thailand, July 19 to 22, 2001.
- Leader of the delegation from Nepal to participate at XXII IUSY World Congress, Lillehammer, Norway, November 13 to 16, 1997.
- Member of the delegation led by Former Prime Minister Hon. Sher.Bahadur Deuba to participated in Socialist International (SI) World Council Meeting in Delhi November 9 to 11, 1997
- Participated in IUSY Presidium Meeting at Buenos-Aries (Argentina), February 1997; Abidjan (Ivory Coast, Africa) May 1997; Paris (France) September 1997 and Oslo (Norway) November 1997.
- Coordinator of Organizing Committee and a participant on behalf of the host organization at the IUSY World Council Meeting in Kathmandu, December 6 to 8, 1996, Asia-Pacific Regional Committee Meeting, December 2 to 4, 1996 and IUSY Presidium Meeting December 5, 1996.
- Member of delegation from Nepal to XXI IUSY World Congress at Modena, Italy, September 14-17, 1995, elected Vice President for the Asia Pacific Region 1995 to 1997.
- Participated in Training and Enterprise Development for Export (TED) Integrated Programme, Export Marketing and Market Research Project, jointly organized by PRODEC, Finland and FNCCI, Nepal, 1995-1998.
- Participated in the Second IUSY Asia-Pacific Committee Meeting in New Delhi, June 1995.
- Participated in First IUSY Asia-Pacific Regional Committee Meeting in Kathmandu June 1993.
- MA Thesis: The Foreign Policy of Nepal, with Emphasis on Relations with India and China.
- A new beginning, The Kathmandu Post, September 22, 2015
- Samriddhi ko Lagi Sambidhan, (Nepali) Kantipur August 26, 2015
- Sambhavana ho Yuva (Nepali) Kantipur August 11, 2015
- Yasari Huncha Rajnitik Sitrta (Nepali) Kantipur, July 25, 2015
- Budget Ka Pratamikta (Nepali), Nagarik, June 30, 2014
- Unity move of Congress, The Kathmandu Post, March 8, 2004
- Empowerment of Youth, The Kathmandu Post, July 11, 1995.
- Why a Youth Council? The Kathmandu Post, June 23, 1994.
- SAARC and the Role of the Regional Blocs. The Kathmandu Post, July 14, 1993.
- What is IUSY? FOTS Nepal '95 News, A monthly Journal of Forum for Technical Students Nepal, December 1997.
- IUSY Ra Nepal (in Nepali), Sagar NSU Lalitpur annual bulletin, October 1996.
- The Road Towards Democracy, Nava Yug, April 1991.
- Proficiency in Computers; Windows, Internet and e-mail. Fluent in English, Nepali and Hindi.