Tuesday, 23rd Jan 2018


Martin Chautari’s work on media encompasses all five aspects of the institution’s work domains. These include research on media in Nepal, mentoring of young researchers, and publication of books on various aspects of the Nepali media and an annual journal Media Adhyayan. MC’s media related work also includes the development of a special collection of books on media in Nepal and abroad. This special collection of about 4,000 books, theses, reports and other reference items is the largest of its kind in any reference library in Nepal. Online search of that collection is available via the MC Online Library Catalog.  MC has also organized many media-related seminars. It has also organized an annual Media research conference  since 2010. Since 2012, this conference has been held in collaboration with Department of Languages and Mass Communication of Kathmandu University.

MC’s media research work is done by a group of full-time researchers based at the institution. As part of MC’s broader effort to promote media research in Nepal, it offered research fellowships to MA thesis writers and independent researchers from 2006 to 2012. A list of the fellowships awarded and an internal evaluation of how this program was executed can be found by clicking the links below.

List of Martin Chautari Media Research Fellows and Their Research Topics (2006-2012)

Chautari Media Research Fellowship Self-evaluation Report

Nineteen books have been published between 2001 and 2014 from MC’s own program in media research. Similarly MC has published seven books on Nepali media written by various journalism practitioners and scholars based elsewhere. Information about titles and authors/editors can be found by clicking the link below.

Publication on Media

Recently MC has also published research briefs related to the media in Nepal.

Ten volumes of the annual journal Media Adhyayan have been published since 2006. Internal and external evaluations of the first eight annual issues of Media Adhyayan can be found by clicking the link below.

Eight Years of Media Adhyayan: Self Evaluation

Eight Years of Media Adhyayan: External Review

Framing Interventions to Universal Connectivity in Nepal

Project Introduction


'Framing Interventions to Universal Connectivity in Nepal' is a two-year (April 2014 - 2016) research and policy intervention on the possible pathways to Universal Connectivity (UC) in Nepal funded by the Ford Foundation (http://www.fordfoundation.org/), South Asia Regional Office. The research seeks insights into the variation in access and use of the Internet and related technological choices such as fixed-line broadband and mobile telecommunication from the local perspective. The research consists of field assessment, policy reviews, stakeholder interviews, technological surveys and historical analysis of the Internet-based technologies. The field research includes a household questionnaire survey, in-depth interviews, focus group discussions, case-studies and ethnography of the institutions and actors involved in the Internet construction, maintenance and use.




Research Locations Partner Institutions
1. Changunarayan (wards 3,5)
2. Dapcha-Chatrebanjh (wards 7)
3. Panauti (ward 6)
4. Pragatinagar (ward 16)
5. Tangting (ward 1,2,3,4,5)
  • Nasancha Pucha:, Panauti
  • Himalaya Milan Secondary School, Tangting
  • Pragatisheel Mahila Samaj, Changunarayan






Publications (Articles, Research/Policy Briefs, Bibliography)

  • A Regression Analysis into Nepali ICT's Energy Consumption and its Implications (Download) [Presented at SKIMA; Available in IEEE Xplore]
  • Universal Connectivity in Nepal: A Policy Review (Download)
  • Stakeholders for Universal Connectivity in Nepal (Download)
  • Writings on the Internet in Nepal: A Bibliography (Download)




Newspaper/Magazine Articles



  • Utopian Visions (Read)
  • The efficiency dilemma (Read)
  • दाउराले इन्टरनेट चल्दैन (Read)
  • इन्टरनेटको विस्तारमा आइएसपी (Read)
  • इन्टरनेट विस्तारका लागि नीतिगत सुधार (Read)
  • इन्टरनेट विस्तारमा टेलिकम कम्पनी (Read)




Events (Workshops/Conferences)      

Presentation Slides

  • Seventh Annual Media Research Conference, 2016 (schedule)
  • 'Access to and Use of the Internet in Nepal: Findings from the Field Research', 13 December 2015 at Panauti (Slides in Nepali)

[A fifteen minute reporting of the event was broadcasted on the state owned Nepal Television (plus) the day after.]




Universal Connectivity Public Discussion Series

  • Status of "Digital Nepal": Findings on Nepali Internet Access and Use (22 December 2015) - Shailesh Pandey, Researcher, Martin Chautari
  • Earthquake: Resilience Analysis of Telecom Infrastructures and Lesson Learnt (14 July 2015) - Shaligram Parajuli, Senior Engineer, Nepal Telecom and Birodh Rijal, ICT Researcher
  • Current Trends of Cyber Crime in Nepal (3 April 2015) - Naresh Bahadur Malla, DSP, Central Bureau of Investigation
  • State and Dynamics of Internet Connectivity in Nepal (20 February 2015) – MC Researchers
  • The Freedom in the Software Domain: Free and Open Source Software in Nepal (19 Dec 2014) - Hempal Shrestha, FOSS Solutions: A Knowledge Collaboration Enterprise
  • Visions of Nepali Information Technology Policies (12 September 2014) – MC Researcher
  • Present State of E-commerce in Nepal and Its Challenges (8 August 2014) - Niranjan Shrestha, Muncha.com, and Manish Shrestha, Bhatbhatenionline.com
  • Nepal Telecom: Evolution of Service and Technology Infrastructure (11 July 2014) - Saligram Parajuli, Senior Engineer, Nepal Doorsanchar Company Ltd
  • Information Technology Policies and Roadmaps of Nepal (6 June 2014) – Presenter: Subash Dhakal, Director, Department of Information Technology, Government of Nepal; Commentator:  Anup Banskota, Assistant Professor, Kathmandu University




UC Online Resources

Universal Connectivity Group Page (Facebook)

UC blog (Link)




Short Introduction of the Research Sites


  • Changunarayan municipality is located 19.1 km. from the Kathmandu city and is most famous for the Changunarayan temple situated at the hill-top. The location provides a rich cultural experience with hiking routes to Nagarkot, a popular destination for national and international visitors. The municipality and the selected sites are a vibrant composition of mainly Tamang, Newar and Brahmah-hill residents.


  • Dapcha Chhatrebanjh is situated 35 km. south-east from the district headquarters of Kavrepalanchowk.  A way to reach the town is to take a linking road (Kavre bhanjyang and Kavre bhanjyang Dapcha road) at the 8 km. point of the B.P highway. Tamang, Newar and Brahman communities make up the population of the VDC who are mostly involved in agriculture. The number of people abroad to seek employment is also significant. The town does not have a cyber-cafe or a newspaper-magazine shop.


  • Panauti is an important city in the Kavrepalanchowk district situated at 32 km. south-east of the Kathmandu city. Panauti municipality exhibits diverse ethnicities but the city is largely a majority of the Newari households. Agriculture and related businesses can be seen as the major sources of income for the residents. The city is a unique mixture of the use of modern day technologies whilst deeply drenched in the cultural heritage that dates back a long period. The residents claim initiatives have been taken to bring Panauti to the economic levels of Banepa and Dhulikhel.


  • This is a new settlement beside the Manohara river situated 200m north from the Jadibuti Bridge in the Araniko highway. This settlement houses people from all over Nepal including India with diverse ethnicities. Most family relies on daily wages and many households have someone abroad for employment. The settlement started with basic huts made from temporary material with corrugate iron roofing but a lot of them have now moved to a semi-permanent building construction. The school is one of the few multi-storey buildings in the area.


  • Tangting is a village situated in the south of the Annapurna conservation area project (ACAP). Tangting falls within the Namarjung VDC which is situated 24 km. North-East of Pokhara, a difficult terrain in the lap of Annapurna-II and Lamjung mountains. The terrain provides attractive routes for trekking tourism from home and abroad. Most of the households have somebody abroad for employment opportunities. The male population has aspirations of being in the army abroad which dates back to the First World War.


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