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
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences