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|Chancellor||Prime Minister of Nepal|
|Vice-Chancellor||Prof. Dr. Hira Bahadur Maharjan|
|Academic staff||7,049 professorial faculty
5607 other faculty 
Tribhuvan University (TU) [Tribhuvan University ] is a public university in Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal. Established in 1959, TU is the oldest of the five universities in Nepal. Enrolment in 2012/2013 is 143,899 making it the one of the largest in the world.
The university provides undergraduate and graduate education. More than 4,400 courses are offered, of which 500 are for intermediate-level courses (equivalent to higher secondary school), 2,079 are for undergraduate and 2,000 are for postgraduate programs. The university has 85 integral colleges and more than 600 affiliated colleges throughout the country. Since it is government financed, it is less expensive than private universities.
TU marked its golden jubilee in the year 2009 organizing various programmes. In the 52nd year of its establishment, the university family remains committed and dedicated to making it a source and centre of quality education to set up a culture of learning in the country and to promote the notion of national and global peace and harmony.
Since its inception, the state owned university, has, expanded its programmes in different disciplines. There are five technical institutes and four general faculties. The university offers 115 courses for the technical proficiency certificate level. TU offers 1079 courses at Bachelor’s level and 1000 courses at Master’s level. It offers Ph.D. degree in different disciplines both at the Technical Institutes and Faculties.
TU ran its programmes only through its constituent campuses prior to 1980.With the increasing number of students willing to acquire higher education; it was not possible for the university to accommodate all the students in the constituent campuses. This situation led to the establishment of colleges in the private sector because the constituent campuses of the university alone could not meet the demand of the nation. From 1979–80, TU started providing affiliation to private colleges to conduct various programmes at different levels. Eight hundred twenty six private colleges spread all over the country have so far received TU affiliations.
In the current academic session (2012-2013) 143,899 students study in 60 constituent campuses and 38 central departments of Tribhuvan University all across Nepal. Another 229,947 students study in 826 affiliated colleges.
TU has 7841 teaching faculty and 7413 non-teaching staff including the support staff in its constituent campuses. The number of total employees is 15254.
Faculties and associated Central Departments
There are four Faculties at the University:
- Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
- Central Department of Buddhist Studies
- Central Department of Culture
- Central Department of Economics
- Central Department of English
- Central Department of Fine Arts
- Central Department of Geography
- Central Department of Hindi
- Central Department of History
- Central Department of Home Science
- Central Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
- Central Department of Library Science
- Central Department of Linguistics
- Central Department of Maithili
- Central Department of Nepali
- Central Department of Nepal Bhasha
- Central Department of Political Science
- Central Department of Population Studies
- Central Department of Psychology
- Central Department of Rural Development
- Central Department of Sanskrit
- Central Department of Sociology and Anthropology
- Faculty of Management
- Faculty of Education
- Central Department of Education
- Faculty of Law
There are five Institutes at the University:
- Institute of Agriculture & Animal Sciences (IAAS), Rampur, Chitwan
- Institute of Medicine (IOM), Maharajgunj, Kathmandu
- Institute of Engineering (IOE), Pulchowk, Lalitpur
- Institute of Science & Technology (IOST), Kathmandu
- Institute of Forestry (IOF), Hetauda, Makwanpur
TU is government financed but still an autonomous organization. The head of the government, the prime minister, is its chancellor.
- Chancellor: Prime Minister of Nepal
- Pro-Chancellor: Minister of Education
- Vice Chancellor: Prof. Dr. Hira Bahadur Maharjan
- Chairman: Prof. Dr. Ishwar Chandra Dutta
- Rector: Prof. Guna Nidhi Nyaupane
- Registrar: Dr. Chandra Mani Poudel
Tribhuvan University has five decision-making bodies:
- University Council is the supreme body that makes decisions on policies, budget, rules and regulations and the formation of special committees and commissions.
- Executive Council implements operational decisions while the University Council accepts donations to the university. It makes decisions on grants, affiliation to private campuses and appointments of university officials.
- Academic Council makes decisions on policies and practices regarding curriculum, teaching, examinations and research.
- Research Coordination Council makes policies on TU research activities, approves guidelines for researchers and coordinates the functions of university level research organizations.
- Planning Council has an advisory role of preparing plans (long and short-term), developing annual programs and evaluating programs implementation.
Students from diverse geographical areas, ethnic groups, castes and religions come to the university for higher education.