Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Message from the Dean

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is one of the four functioning faculties of Pokhara University. This faculty has a vision to be the Centre of Excellence on Social Sciences in the South Asian region. The Faculty has accordingly initiated its academic programmes on development and social engineering, which include Bachelor of Development Studies; Master of Development Studies; Master in Population, Gender and Development; MA and MPhil in English as well as PhD in Humanities, Social Sciences and Sustainable Development. The Faculty runs some constituent programmes and some other programmes are also run by affiliated colleges. The Faculty is in the process of expansion and will continue with new subjects which are more interdisciplinary, practical, market-oriented, and frontier. The Faculty focuses on contemporary and futuristic social sciences as we firmly believe that this Century has to be mainly dealt with social issues of development with a focus on mainstreaming of all social, economic, political and cultural groups in development of Nepal and rest of the whole world. This demands identity of all groups of people in the society and expects their inclusion not only in mainstream development, but also in decision making through participatory and democratic process.

Though universities are known to cover all academic disciplines in their formal education, the widening scope of university education and the increasing number of disciplines have functionally enforced university Faculties/Schools to limit their academic programmes and to be selective. The Faculty aims to lead the Nepalese and the South Asian society through teaching, research and publication, innovation, training and continuing education, outreach, intellectual leadership, and consultancy in the broad field of social sciences. The path to such leadership is different from the disciplinary approach that Faculties/Schools in many universities are following. It is an approach to disciplinary clarity, multidisciplinary distinction and interdisciplinary comprehensiveness. Our programmes are designed to maintain a balance between theories and practices and centered to humanity and sustainability of our education.

Our products graduated from some programmes are already in the job market since a decade and have started creating their own spheres in the professional and academic spaces. Some others will be in the job market soon. We equally expect our graduates’ entrepreneurial leadership, particularly a strong leadership in social enterprises. We are trying to create a habit of promoting professional comprehensiveness and competitiveness among our graduates and cultivating a culture of humanity and sustainability. Our courses, teaching methods, research works, publications, training and community services have been, and will be designed to these directions. The end result, however, depends upon the actual habits created and the culture cultivated by our faculty members, support staff, students, and alumni as well as the zeal where we want to place ourselves, individually and/or collectively.

Professor Indra Prasad Tiwari, PhD
Dean
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Please  See CURRICULUM VITAE OF PROFESSOR INDRA P. TIWARI, PhD

Vision

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is to lead the contemporary academia in the fields of Humanities and Social Sciences, with a focus to sustainable development and social engineering and to gain a strong international position in order to contribute towards the goal of Pokhara University.

Mission

The mission of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is to advance, promote and propel the social, economic, political, cultural, governance, and environmental development in theory and practice through teaching, research and study, innovation, publications, training, community and public services, and intellectual leadership. The Faculty also has the mission to provide students, researchers and knowledge aspirants a window to the nation, South Asian region and the whole world.

Goal

The goal of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is to produce a professional, academic and entrepreneurial community with scientific knowledge, intellectual insight, technical know-how, and practical skill (KITS) for independent thought, critical analysis, self-awareness and professional and academic proficiency based on disciplinary clarity, multidisciplinary distinction and interdisciplinary comprehensiveness.

Objectives

The teaching objectives of the Faculty are to provide learning opportunities in contemporary and frontier fields of social sciences, enhance the quality of education and teaching, to improve study efficiency, and to develop new courses and educational opportunities, focusing in particular on the national human resource market and social entrepreneurship development, yet ready to accept the international professional, academic and entrepreneurial challenges on societal and developmental fields.

The research, innovation and publication objectives of the Faculty are to increase and strengthen research activities in all schools/colleges, programmes and units; to enhance research capacity of all faculty members, research scientists, and students. The Faculty also has the objective to publish all research works on contemporary national and international journals and contribute to the stock of knowledge. Ultimately, research works and publications have to contribute to teaching, research and community services.

The training and continuing education objectives of the Faculty are to train academics, professionals and entrepreneurs thereby to continue refreshing and reinforcing the trained ones with a view to meet the working challenges in, and to continuously lead, the fields of social sciences and societal development.

The outreach objectives (also known as community and public service objectives) of the Faculty are to increase visibility of the Faculty’s activities with social responsibility in general, to focus more research projects towards community betterment and to disseminate actual research contributions to be benefit of the community as well as the local level development and social engineering organizations.

The consultancy objectives of the Faculty are to provide expertise as well as technical, professional and policy advise services in general and specific fields of society and development with a focus to policy studies and advice, planning (including implementation, monitoring and evaluation) and project management to community level; local, state and centre level Governments and their line agencies; bilateral and multilateral agencies; United Nations system; and NGOs/INGOs at local, state and central levels in Nepal and outside Nepal.

Academic Programmes

Pokhara University has offered the following Doctoral, MPhil, Master and Bachelor programmes under the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Doctor of Philosophy

As the scope of teaching and professional jobs is expanding in the country along with the expansion of Pokhara University, there is a growing demand for doctoral studies from within and outside of Pokhara University. Similarly, many foreigners are interested in doing a doctoral research in Nepal and there is a growing collaborative research work of Pokhara University with other foreign universities, research institutions and commission research of international organizations/institutions. Within this context, the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Management, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sustainable Development is a constituent programmes of the University. The PhD programme is operational under the Pokhara University Council for Doctoral Studies and managed by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Among the operational programmes, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sustainable Development degrees are managed by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

 

Objective

The Doctoral programme aims at producing expert and specialized high-level human resources for teaching, research and professional services, who shall profess theoretical excellence and practical comprehension in a particular area of humanities, management, science and technology, or social sciences.

 

Modality and Eligibility for Application

The Pokhara University Doctoral programme shall be an integrated programme under the “Pokhara University Doctoral Programme”. The programme constitutes the following two tracks:

  • Research Only Track for those who have already completed an MPhil degree. The eligibility for admission into the Research Only Track of the Doctoral programme is an MPhil degree in a related area of studies with a CGPA of 3.30 in a scale of 4.00 grading system, or 60 per cent on aggregate system of evaluation.
  • Coursework-Research Track for those who have simply a Master’s degree. The eligibility for the Coursework-Research Track of the Doctoral programme is a Master degree in a related area of study with a CGPA of 3.00 in a scale of 4.00 grading system, or Second Division on aggregate system of evaluation. [Note: This programme track has not been started, but planned to be started by the coming academic year.]

 

Duration of the Programme

The doctoral programme is a three year programme, constituting six normal semesters. However, students are allowed to complete different stages according to the following time duration: (i) 2 years for coursework (as applicable); (ii) 1 year for proposal defence; and (iii) 5 years for research work from the date of candidacy i.e. from the date of proposal defence, (conditions apply).

Requirements for the Award of the Degree

The requirements for the award of Doctoral degree are as follows.

  1. A minimum of 24 credit advance courses for the Coursework-Research Track;
  2. Research Only Track students audit course(s) if recommended by the Doctoral Student Supervisory Committee (DSSC);
  • Successful candidacy for the advancement to the doctoral dissertation upon writing a proposal and defending it in an academic gathering;
  1. One conference paper with the first authorship of the student, based on the student’s doctoral dissertation research;
  2. One research article with the first authorship of the student, based on the student’s doctoral dissertation research;
  3. A successful presentation of the doctoral dissertation in a doctoral seminar; and
  • Approval of the doctoral dissertation by the final examiners of Doctoral Dissertation.

Application for admission

The following documents are required to be submitted for application: (i) Application Form; (ii) A statement of purpose; (iii) A preliminary research proposal (within 2,000 words); (iv) A portfolio of works; and (v) Copies of Academic Certificates.

Fee Structure

Reasonable fees are set for the two streams of the programme. The fees are payable by semester.

 

Entrance Test and Evaluation of Applicant

Admission to the Doctoral programme shall be granted based on the combined score of the following three types of evaluations.

  1. Written entrance test. This test constitutes of the following 3 (three) sections with corresponding weightage.
  2. Quantitative Reasoning (30 marks) with data analysis and problem solving sections.
  3. Verbal Reasoning (30 marks) with sentence correction and critical reasoning sections.
  4. Analytical writing (40 marks) with Analysis of an Issue and Analysis of an Argument sections.
  5. Evaluation of the application documents; and

iii.  Interview of the candidate.

Master of Philosophy in English (MPhil English)

The Master of Philosophy in English (MPhil English) was initiated in 2001. This programme is the first MPhil in English programme in Nepal. The objective of the MPhil English programme is to produce qualified and dedicated academics professing philosophical and theoretical excellence in English language.

The MPhil in English programme integrates academic and professional courses to help students explore their passions and discover possibilities of thought that enhance their existing professional careers and inform their academic futures. Fundamentally students would impart philosophical and theoretical knowledge on English, but the focus is to strengthen students in practical skills on related research. The programme offer courses in areas such as cultural studies, philosophy, ethnic and identity studies, and international relations, all of which are centered on the core English Studies programme.

A Master’s degree in any discipline is eligible for admission in MPhil.

The programme offers interdisciplinary courses that blend traditional inquires with contemporary issues, which inspire the students to engage not only with literary texts, but also with immediate and imminent socio-political concerns like globalization, conflict transformations, gender relations, and the environment. In this pursuit, along with regular classes, seminars and guests lectures facilitated by professors from all around the globe expose students to existing debates in world education are regular features of the programs.

The fields of the courses resembling some title proper are as follows:

  1. Theories (Modernism and Theory; Theories of Literature and Culture; Myth, Criticism and Literature; Critical Discourse Analysis)
  2. Methodologies (Methodologies of Religion, Humanities and Science; Advanced Graduate Writing Workshop)
  3. Media, Literacy and Criticism
  4. Visual Communication
  5. Seminars and Advanced seminars on (Communication and Rhetoric; Cultural Studies; Language, Literature and Philosophy; 21st Century Sexuality)
  6. South Asian Studies (Voices; Rethinking SAS; India)
  7. Globalization and International Relations (Understanding Globalization; Globalization and Its Dynamics; and International Relations; Language and Globalization)
  8. Human Rights, Literature and Dynamics

The MPhil programme consists of three semesters and follows the credit system. Each course is assigned to a certain number of credits depending generally upon its lecture, tutorial and practical work hours in a week. In theory subjects, one lecture per week is assigned to one credit as a general rule and is equivalent to 16 hours lecture in one semester. The MPhil course comprises a total of 33 credit hours spreading over three semesters, in 18 months.  However, the student is allowed to complete the course in four years from the date of admission. If a student is unable to complete the course within the given duration of four years from the time of admission, the University registration will be annulled.

In MPhil programme, there are independent study and dissertation options, as well as individualized courses, that give students the freedom and flexibility to follow their personal interests and curiosities.

Master of Arts in English (MA English)

The Master of Arts in English (MA English) was also initiated in 2001. The MA in English programme combines a host of courses that are essential to find cross-disciplinary solutions to contemporary problems. Courses in globalization, communication studies, international relations and conflict transformation, environmental studies, American studies and more are offered, all of which are centered on the core English Studies programme.

The MA in English program consists of four semesters and students complete the required 60 credit hours in two years’ time. The programme follows the credit system. Each course is assigned to a certain number of credits depending generally upon its lecture, tutorial and practical work hours in a week. In theory subjects, one lecture per week is assigned to one credit as a general rule and is equivalent to 16 hours lecture in one semester. However, the student is allowed to complete the coursework in four years from the date of admission. However, if coursework is completed within four years, additional one year for thesis can still be extended only for those students who have genuine cause for extension and should be forwarded through the supervisor on behalf of the concerned student to the Programme Coordinator/School Director. If a student is unable to complete all the courses within the given duration of five years from the time of admission, the University registration will be annulled.

  1. The fields of the courses resembling some title proper are as follows:
  2. Literature and Literary theory
  3. Language and Linguistic
  4. English Studies
  5. Reading, Writing, Translation
  6. Communication
  7. Poetry and Poems, Drama, Fiction
  8. Cultural Studies
  9. Research Design, Seminar
  10. History of Idea; Discourse in Discipline; Humanities through the Arts
  11. Special studies like Conflict and Peace; Genocide; Environment

A Bachelor’s degree in any discipline is eligible for admission in MA English.

Master in Population, Gender and Development Programme (MPGD)

The Master in Population, Gender and Development Programme was initiated in 2004 with a Post -Graduate Diploma (PGD) leading to a Master’s Degree. This programme was launched under tripartite agreement between UNFPA, Government of Nepal and Pokhara University to strengthen the university’s capacities in teaching, training and research in the field of development incorporating cross-cutting issues of population and gender.

The objective of the Population, Gender and Development programme is to produce highly qualified development professionals, academics and entrepreneurs, professing theoretical and practical knowledge in population, gender and development.

Programme Features

The thrust of the programme is on development where population and gender are integrated as cross-cutting issues. The programme has blended professional and academic features with competitive learning environment, market driven concentration, and programme flexibility. This will use a range of pedagogical inputs that includes on-campus learning through classroom discussions, seminars, presentations, group works, case analysis, laboratory tests, and guest lecture series, and off-campus learning through field studies and workshops, project works, on-line instructions, internet conferencing and so on.

Duration of the Programme

The normal duration for completing the course is two years. However, the student is allowed normal duration plus two years to complete the course. If a student is unable to complete the course within the given duration of four years from the time of admission, the University registration will be annulled. However, if coursework is completed within four years, additional one year for thesis can still be extended only for those students who have genuine cause for extension and should be forwarded through the supervisor on behalf of the concerned student to the Programme Coordinator/School Director.

Programme Structure (Duration of 4 Semesters in 2 Years)

The programme follows the credit system. Each course is assigned to a certain number of credits depending generally upon its lecture, tutorial and practical work hours in a week. In theory subjects, one lecture per week is assigned to one credit as a general rule and is equivalent to 16 hours lecture in one semester.

The MPGD students are required to complete 60 credits including dissertation work. The courses consist of

  • Core courses (30 credits);
  • Research, analytical and practicum courses (18 credits); and
  • Specialization courses (12 credits) under thematic structure
    • Theme A: Population and Development;
    • Theme B: Gender and Development; and
    • Theme C: Development Studies.

Course Structure

First semester Second semester
Advanced Development Studies Contemporary Issues of Children, Youth and Elderly in Development
Social Engineering in Development Economic Development and Planning
Principles of Population Studies Globalization and Development
Fundamentals of Gender Studies Research Methods for Development Studies
Statistics for Social Sciences Information Technology for Social Research
Third semester Fourth semester
Development Program Management Development Program Monitoring &  Evaluation
Gender Mainstreaming in Development Specialized course III
Specialized course I Specialized course IV
Specialized course II Dissertation
Planning Workshop (Field based)  
Specialized Courses by Theme
Theme A: Population & Development Theme B: Gender and Development
Demographic Tools and Techniques Gender, Poverty and Development
Population Policy and Development Gender, Human Resources & Development
Migration and Development Gender, Environment and Development
Urbanization and Development Gender, Human Rights and Development
Theme C: Development Studies
Development Policies and Programs International Relations, Foreign Aid & Dev.
Decentralization and Local Governance Resources and Sustainable Development

Planning Workshop

The aim of the “Planning Workshop” course is to provide orientation of professional environment among students. During the workshop, students will learn the practicalities of development issues so that they would be able to link their theoretical understanding with the real world situation. In this process, the students will understand the major development problems of the underdeveloped and developing localities, their communities, groups and households including generalized development state of affairs of individuals and related planning. At the end of the planning workshop, students will be able to prepare a planning document which will be ready to be implemented.

Modality of the study: For the planning workshop, an appropriate locality (old village development committee (VDC) area, or a ward of the present day rural municipality, or a ward or a segment of a ward of a municipality) will be identified as a planning area where students will conduct the planning workshop. The planning task will take a holistic approach, thus students will identify critical components of development and explore for each component the historical background, the extent and coverage, situation of inclusion and exclusion, present state of affairs, inherited problems, planning efforts made so far, analyze them and prepare a plan that is ready for implementation.

A Bachelor’s degree in any discipline is eligible for admission in MPGD programme.

At present the MPGD programme is run by the School of Development and Social Engineering and Butwal Model College at Padsari, Rupandehi district.

Master of Development Studies (MDEVS)

The Master of Development Studies (MDEVS), first enrolment commenced in 2015, is a graduate programme at the School of Development and Social Engineering (SDSE), Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Pokhara University. It is an interdisciplinary course which aims to deal with the emerging thrust of 21st Century on development and produce career oriented professionals, entrepreneurs and keen academicians in the field of development as there is very high demand of bureaucrats, development professionals, development analysts, social leaders and development entrepreneurs with interdisciplinary academic degree in development studies in the overall government system, international organizations, bilateral and multilateral development agencies, NGOs/INGOs, civil societies, social enterprises, and governance.

The MDEVS programme of Pokhara University aims students in achieving intellectual insights, technical know-how, and practical skills through interdisciplinary understanding, observation and experiment of the concerned subjects.

The objective of the Master of Development Studies (MDEVS)course, which has its thrust in interdisciplinary teaching and learning, is to provide students learning opportunities in contemporary and frontier fields of development art, science and technology, thus the students can take the leadership role in the field of humanistic, spatial and environmental development at the national human resources market and social enterprises, as well as be ready to accept the international professional academic and entrepreneurial challenges.

Programme Features

The programme has blended professional and academic features with competitive learning environment, market driven concentration, and programme flexibility. This will use a range of pedagogical inputs that includes on-campus learning through classroom discussions, seminars, presentations, group works, case analysis, laboratory tests, and guest lecture series, and off-campus learning through field studies and workshops, project works, on-line instructions, internet conferencing and so on.

Programme Structure (Duration of 4 Semesters in 2 Years)

The programme follows the credit system. Each course is assigned to a certain number of credits depending generally upon its lecture, tutorial and practical work hours in a week. In theory subjects, one lecture per week is assigned to one credit as a general rule and is equivalent to 16 hours lecture in one semester.

The MDEVS students are required to complete 60 credits including dissertation work. The courses consist of

  • Core courses (24 credits);
  • Research, analytical and practicum courses (24 credits); and
  • Specialization courses (12 credits) under thematic structure
    • Theme A: Humanistic Development;
    • Theme B: Human Settlements Development; and
    • Theme C: Development Practice.

Curriculum Structure by Semester

Semester I Semester II
Advanced Development Studies Spatial Organization of Development
Social Engineering in Development Natural Resources and Development
Public Policy Studies Globalization and Development
Planning Theory and Practice Research Methods for Development Studies
Statistics for Social Sciences Information Technology for Social Research
Semester III Semester IV
Development Program Management Comprehensive National Development Plan for Nepal
Development Analysis and Planning Techniques Specialization III : ……..
Specialization I : …….. Specialization IV: ……..
Specialization II: …….. Seminar on Contemporary Development
Planning Workshop (Field based) Dissertation

Specialized Courses by Theme

Theme A: Humanistic Development Theme B: Human Settlements Development
Societal Transformation and Inclusive Development Sustainable Development in the Himalayan Region
Gender and Development Public Works and Development Management
Population and Development Human Settlements System and Development
Social Works for Humanistic Development Service Delivery System
Theme C: Development Practice
Development Program Monitoring and Evaluation
Employment, Income and Livelihood
Institutions of Development
Conflict in Development Management

Planning Workshop

The aim of the “Planning Workshop” course is to provide orientation of professional environment among students. During the workshop, students will learn the practicalities of development issues so that they would be able to link their theoretical understanding with the real world situation. In this process, the students will understand the major development problems of the underdeveloped and developing localities, their communities, groups and households including generalized development state of affairs of individuals and related planning. At the end of the planning workshop, students will be able to prepare a planning document which will be ready to be implemented.

Modality of the study: For the planning workshop, an appropriate locality (old village development committee (VDC) area, or a ward of the present day rural municipality, or a ward or a segment of a ward of a municipality) will be identified as a planning area where students will conduct the planning workshop. The planning task will take a holistic approach, thus students will identify critical components of development and explore for each component the historical background, the extent and coverage, situation of inclusion and exclusion, present state of affairs, inherited problems, planning efforts made so far, analyze them and prepare a plan that is ready for implementation.

A Bachelor’s degree in any discipline is eligible for admission in MDEVS programme.

Bachelor of Development Studies (BDEVS) Programme

The Bachelor of Development Studies was launched in 2010 with an aim to produce the primary professionals for development and social engineering. It is expected to deal with the emerging thrust of 21st Century on development which is sure to hinge on social development. Thus the objectives of the programme are

  • to impart knowledge in areas of development studies incorporating knowledge from economics, geography, sociology, anthropology, demography, law, education, account, and management;
  • to equip the students with analytical skills and methods for development studies and development practices;
  • to enhance practical skills through project works and field studies; and
  • to foster Nepal as an inclusive democratic society by ending primordial and social discriminations and inequalities.

Expected Capability of Graduates and Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of Development Studies is expected to produce highly competent development professionals, social workers, community planners, researchers, and academic enthusiasts who can primarily work on government and non-governmental sectors. Obviously the areas of major career opportunities are government departments like local development and local governance, government and non-governmental development projects, international organizations including UN agencies, INGOs and Bilateral Agencies. In addition, there is a high prospect for higher studies inside the country and abroad.

Duration of Programme, Course Structure and Admission Eligibility

This is a four year course and spreads over eight semesters. However, students can complete the courses within eight years.

The course constitutes 129 credits consisting thematic areas (63 credits); auxiliary area (36 credits); methods area (12 credits); practical area (6 credits); and optional practical/ thematic area (12 credits). The course incorporates development, social, economics, policy and planning, spatial organization, language, mathematics and statistics, and environment areas of studies.

 

Curriculum Structure

Bachelor of Development Studies is a four years course having eight semesters (two semesters per year) with 129 credits with the following major courses:

  • Development studies, Poverty & Human development, Dimensions of development, Conflict transformation for development
  • Micro, Macro, Development economics, Environmental economics, Development financing
  • Human geography, Environment & development, Human ecology & development, Natural resource management, Natural process and human response
  • Sustainable development, Tourism & development, Health and development
  • Research methodology, Statistics, IT, GIS
  • Gender studies, Gender mainstreaming, Gender analysis, and Women studies
  • Sociology/Anthropology, Social work
  • Policy and planning, Regional planning, Decentralization & local governance
  • Development analytical tools & development techniques (Project management, Project analysis, Social & environmental impact assessment)
  • Human Rights & social justice, Journalism for development
  • Population studies, Migration & urbanization, Demographic techniques, Population & development
  • Nepal studies (Population, Development policy & programmes, Social welfare)
  • Project work, Internship

The students who have completed Higher Secondary education (Grade 12), or Intermediate level or Higher Secondary equivalent in any discipline from a recognized institution are eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Development Studies.

At present the BDEVS programmes operational in SDSE, Pokhara Lekhnath and Camad College, Sukedhara, Kathmandu.

Fee

A reasonable fee is set for the program which is payable in instalment by semester.

Scholarship

As per the rules of PU students who completed SLC from public schools, may get scholarship by up to 20 per cent students at the constituent School and up to 10 per cent students at affiliated colleges of Pokhara University. Separate application is required as per PU Scholarship procedure.

Bachelor of English and Communications Studies (BECS) Programme

The Bachelor of English and Communication Studies (BECS) is a blended course between academic and professional orientation. It aims to produce graduates with competent academic, technical and practical knowledge, skill and technology to meet the national and international demand of professionals, communicators and enthusiast academics in English.

The objectives of the Bachelor of English and Communication Studies are to help students to:

  • develop their analytical skills by orienting them to the scholarly world of critical thinking and interdisciplinary knowledge in the integration of the twin disciplines of English and Communication studies;
  • cultivate in their ability to shape ideas and foster values;
  • expand students’ personal and professional qualifications;
  • develop in students the spirit of critical inquiry, ethical responsibility and personal fulfilment; and
  • lead to life-long learning.

Expected Capability of Graduates and Career Opportunities

The Bachelor of English and Communication Studies graduates become competent for professional jobs in the national and international institutions and organizations where English is the primary language for communication. They would fulfill the need of professionals required for the government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) civil societies and research institutions. Similarly, job market at international organizations and agencies particularly in the United Nations system, foreign diplomatic agencies, multilateral organization, bilateral development cooperation agencies and INGOs is available for the graduates. Similarly, large job opportunities are being availed in the private sector, mainly in foreign companies, the tourism sector, import-export companies and logistics, banking and finance sector, and English language-based media. A good number of graduates are also expected to start their own enterprise in an area where English would be the official language.

Duration of Programme, Course Structure and Admission Eligibility

This is a four year course and spreads over eight semesters. However, students can complete the courses within eight years.

The programme constitutes 120 credits, consisting compulsory courses (42 credits); major courses (60 credits); and elective courses (18 credits). The courses comprise basic theories and usage of English language; language and communication technologies; communication practices, methods, tools and techniques; and the community areas of studies.

Course Structure

Bachelor of English and Communication Studies is a four years course having eight semesters (two semesters per year) with 120 credits with the following major courses:

  • Literary studies & literature; Literary theories and criticism
  • Logic and critical thinking; Critical and creative writing
  • Written and oral communication: Public speaking; Inter-personal communication; Intercultural communication, International business communications
  • Written skills: Writing for media; Writing for tourism, culture, & country promotion; Writing for film, radio, & television; Journalism; Analysing text; Copy editing
  • English language: Past, present and future; Introduction to linguistics
  • English usage (English for teaching & corporate training, English in workplace)
  • History of science; History of knowledge
  • Language, culture & society; Nepal studies; Civic responsibility; Diversity and ethnicity; Cultural anthropology; Law
  • Methods of research; Research methodology in communication studies; Conference interpretation and translation;
  • Computer application
  • Project work and internship

The students who have completed Higher Secondary education (Grade 12), or Intermediate level or Higher Secondary equivalent in any discipline from a recognized institution are eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Development Studies.

Fee

A reasonable fee is set for the program which is payable in instalments by semester.

Scholarship

As per the rules of PU scholarship, up to 20 per cent students, who have completed SLC from public schools, may get scholarship. Separate application is required as per PU Scholarship procedure.

School of Development and Social Engineering (SDSE)

Vision, Mission and Aim

The School of Development and Social Engineering (SDSE) was established in 2009 with a vision to the “Development Leadership for the Future”. It has the mission to develop itself as the Centre of Excellence in development and social areas of higher education and aims to teach, learn and research the philosophy, theories and practices of development and society as well as to provide training on development and societal transformation.

The School aims to produce junior, mid-level and expert-level human resources that are capable to provide leadership to the contemporary development and enabling the society and the nation to achieve the desired end of sustainable development and social justice.

School Perspectives

Both society and development take the path of evolution. Their studies and acquired stock of knowledge take scientific approach, i.e. achieving intellectual insights, technical know-how and practical skills needed for the dynamic structure, process and behaviour of development and society through understanding, observation and experiment. Thus the study of society and development has brought the immense stock of knowledge from economics, geography, natural and environmental sciences, sociology and anthropology, law, management, and political science into contemporary focus on development and social engineering, to address the future need of the professional, entrepreneurial and academic human resources for development and societal transformation.

School Objectives

The overall objective of the School programmes is to culminate in the knowledge, techniques, skills and practices in the interdisciplinary study areas of development and society by offering market-demanded, emerging and frontier courses on development and social engineering.

Academic Programmes

The School is gradually preparing to run all the existing programmes developed and promoted by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The School will conceptualize new programmes that are demanded by the market and help fulfil the objectives of the School, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Pokhara University.

The School at present has offered the following Master and Bachelor programmes under the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Institute of Advanced Communication, Education and Research (IACER)

Popularly known as IACER, the Institute of Advanced Communication, Education and Research is the first affiliated college of Pokhara University under the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Located at Baneshwor, Kathmandu, the Institute is committed to providing an interdisciplinary academic experience that transforms students and equips them for a lifetime of learning by offering students the concepts and tools required to engage with issues of local and global concern, and prepare them for professions that are in demand in an increasingly interdependent world.

Academic Programmes

Pokhara University has granted IACER permission to operate the following MPhil, and Master programmes, which normally take admission twice a year, in the Fall and Spring semesters.

Butwal Model College

Located at Padsari, Rupandehi, the Butwal Model College is operating the following programmes of Pokhara University.

Camad College

Located at Sukedhara, Kathmandu, the Camad College is one of the affiliated colleges of Pokhara University where BDEVS is operational since 2009 under the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences along with the BBA programme under the Faculty of Management, Pokhara University.