The Nepal Academy (Nepali: नेपाल प्रज्ञा प्रतिष्ठान) formerly Royal Nepal Academy (Nepali: नेपाल राजकीय प्रज्ञा प्रतिष्ठान) is a national institution of Nepal for promotion of the languages, literature, culture, philosophy and social sciences of Nepal. The academy commissions research and aims to promote the development of cultural and intellectual endeavour by coordinating national and international activities.
A movement for a national cultural academy of Nepal began during the 20th century, with national figures calling for its establishment including the Nepali poet Laxmi Prasad Devkota. The Academy was established in 1957 as the Nepal Academy of Literature and Art. It was later named as the Royal Nepal Academy following the passage of the Royal Nepal Academy Act 1974. After the transition of Nepal into a Democratic Federal Republic in 2008, it was renamed to the Nepal Academy, by provision of the Nepal Academy Act 2007 enacted by the Parliament of Nepal.
There are five major departments within the Academy: Language, Literature, Culture, Social Sciences and Philosophy.
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