A rare honour for Chand
A special programme was held at the residence of German Ambassador, Franz Ring
on April 24. The ‘Bundersverdienstkreuz’ or the Medal of the Order of Merit of
the Federal Republic of Germany was awarded to Michael Chand for the contributions he has made towards teaching German language and strengthening the relations between the two countries for the last 25 years. The award was given by Horst Kohler, President of Federal Republic of Germany and presented to Chand by Ambassador Ring.
Expressing his joy at being the first Nepali involved in teaching German language Chand said, “I believe in karma in life. I followed what has been said in Gita — to keep working without expecting results. But there was someone watching my work — Norbert Mayer, he is the mastermind behind this.”
Chand also pledged to always abide by the spirit of the award and keep his allegiance towards it and continue towards keeping the harmonious relation between the two countries.
“This award is dedicated first to the country, then the institute and finally to my family,” said Chand.
Norbert Mayer, Counsellor, Deputy Chief of Mission said, “Chand has not only been working as the director of the Goethe Zentrum Kathmandu but has been doing much more, so I proposed his name for this special distinction.”
“He is the antenna to German culture in Nepal and we are proud of it. It is very rare and only if the President thinks it is worthwhile then this award is given. And it is for Chand’s outstanding performance that the award has been bestowed upon him,” he added.
Besides this another important event was also a part of the programme. Prehistoric Cultures in Nepal, a book by German archeologist Dr Gudrun Corvinus was also launched.
The book which includes research done over the last 20 years consists ground breaking revelations about Nepal’s cultural heritage.
Another publication, Golden Jubilee Souvenir, to mark 50 years of Nepal-German Diplomatic Relations was also launched at the programme.