School of Development and Social Engineering


The School of Development and Social Engineering (SDSE) which was established to run the constituent programmes of Pokhara University under the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is established 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- 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 and their studies and 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 development and society 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, academic and entrepreneurial human resources for development and societal transformation.


The overall objective of the School programmes is to culminate in the knowledge and skills in the interdisciplinary study areas of development and society. Specifically the School aims:

  1. to enable students and researchers to understand the philosophy, theories and concepts of development and society;
  2. to enable students and trainees to learn the skills and to practice the methods and techniques of policy formulation, planning and implementation for the sustainable development and societal transfiguration;
  3. to train students, researchers and trainees to fulfill the demand of professionals human resources required for local, sub-national, national and international development;
  4. to train students, researchers and trainees to fulfill the demand of academic human resources required for higher education, research and training;
  5. to develop among students, researchers and trainees effective leadership qualities for managing development and societal transfiguration;
  6. to educate graduates, researchers and trainees to undertake leadership roles at all functional levels of development, that is local, sub-national (sub-regional and regional), national and international as well as formal levels of development colloquially known as village/municipality, sub-district, district, regional/provincial/ state, central/national and global/international; and
  7. to develop a Centre of Excellence and academia for development and society.



Pokhara Metropolitan City-30, Khudi, Dhungepatan, Kaski, Nepal
Telephone: +977-061-504038

Director’s Message

Welcome to School of Development and Social Engineering (SDSE) under Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Pokhara University. Academic knowledge and practical applications gained from this school offer a direction to deal with challenges and opportunities in one’s life. We have designed a series of academic programs for our Bachelors and Masters, i.e. two Bachelor degrees, Bachelor in Development Studies (BDEVS) and Bachelor of English and Communication Studies (BECS); two master’s programs, Masters in Population, Gender and Development Programme (MPGD) and Masters in Development Studies (MDEVS). I am delighted that you are interested in the School and hope you will find your academic journey enriching through our educational system, and participatory teaching and learning approach. It has been my great honour and privilege to serve as the director of SDSE with a view to bring this School to a new height.The quality education being offered by the School enables students to maintain a balanced approach to personal career and social works. Within the last decade, a great number of outstanding students from this school have been able to pursue their jobs in reputed national and international organizations, including higher education and well-paid jobs abroad. We believe that higher education should not be limited to books or geographical areas, but instead meet demands of this era and go global. Based on this philosophy, we are building a unique environment for students to seamlessly integrate modern teaching methods, and to offer plenty of internships and project work programs. We believe that we will be successful in building SDSE, one of the best places for educational and research hub, that becomes the framework of social scientists in Nepal and even in South Asia. The School encourages students to participate in various social services to reinforce their social awareness through internships, fieldworks, and project works. We have the renowned faculty members who have studied and trained from countries such as India, Thailand, Australia, Norway, New Zealand, and Netherlands. They are well-equipped to deal with your challenges and needs, and are proactive and empathy to support you in your daily life. I hereby sincerely welcome talented undergraduate and graduate students from across Nepal. In the past, we have welcomed students from United States of America, Finland and Korea. As a director I would welcome any opportunity to welcome students from all over the globe to join us.

Ram Prasad Aryal, PhD


School of Development And Social Engineering

Admission Eligibility

Anyone who has completed 10+2 or intermediate level or its equivalent in any discipline from a recognized HS Board/College is eligible for applying to BDEVS and BECS. Applicants are selected from a merit list of entrance examination conducted by the School of Development and Social Engineering. Applicants who have completed Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in any discipline from a recognized university are eligible for applying to MPGD and MDEVS. Applicants are selected from a merit list of entrance examination conducted by the SDSE.


Admission Procedures

A notice inviting applications for admission is publicly announced in newspapers and PU Website ( Eligible applicants have to attend entrance test (written exam followed by an interview) as applicable to qualify for admission. Scholarship 20% scholarship quota is available for BDEVS/ BECS/MPGD/ MDEVS students. For this purpose, a separate application is required as per PU Scholarship Procedure and a separate procedure of entrance test is applied to select the students.

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