Budhanilkantha School

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Coordinates: 27°46′55.52″N 85°21′34.2″E / 27.7820889°N 85.359500°E / 27.7820889; 85.359500

Budhanilkantha School
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Centre of Excellence
Narayansthan, Vishnu VDC
Type Public, independent school, boarding school, coeducational
Established 1928
School district Kathmandu
Principal Mr. Keshar Bahadur Khulal (BNKS alumuni)
Enrollment 5 - 12
Number of students 1000 (approximately)
Nickname BNKS
Affiliations School Leaving Certificate (Grade 10)
Cambridge International Examinations (A-level)
Higher Secondary Education Board (10+2)

Budhanilkantha School, often referred to as BNKS, is a public boarding school in Nepal. It is located in Narayansthan, 8 kilometres north of Kathmandu on the foothills of Shivapuri mountain (2,732 metres).[1] It is named after the Budhanilkantha Temple which is located nearby.

One third of pupils are granted scholarships based on merit and need after a selective entrance exam. The school aims to impart quality education for rich and poor alike in an environment that fosters unity and equality.[2]


The school was established in 1972.[3] The school covers about 29 hectares (71 acres) of land. It is a full boarding school for students from 5th grade to A-Level, aged 10 to 19. The school is equipped with three full size multi purpose sports field, a swimming pool, assembly hall, dining hall, sports hall, Learning Resource Center, library with wi-fi internet, modern science labs and living quarters for its faculty. The students come from all over Nepal.

Although the school is governed as a Public Educational Trust, it charges tuition fees for most students and also receives funding from the Ministry of Education. This makes the school a blend of private and public school. Approximately one third of the students receive scholarships based on merit and need. The scholarships are mostly funded by the Ministry of Education of Nepal. The Pestalozzi International Village also funds scholarships for 34 students.[4]

Budhanilkantha School, since its inception has produced a considerable number of exemplary citizens. Most of its pupils go to higher education. Many of them have attended the most prestigious universities of the world and can be found active in all aspects of public life. A lot of them have risen to be enterprising businessmen, academics, researchers, doctors, lawyers, engineers, politicians, public officials and leaders of major companies.[5] The school has gained a very good reputation both within and outside Nepal.[6] However, graduates of the school are often criticised in the Nepalese media for working as highly paid professionals in United States and Western Europe and not contributing enough to the economic development efforts in Nepal, urging them to return home.[7]


Saraswoti (the goddess of learning) Temple at Budhanilkantha School

Budhanilkantha School was established in 1972 as a joint venture between the governments of Nepal and United Kingdom. The first batch of students took the School Leaving Certificate Examination (the national exam that is equivalent to the British O-Level) in 1980. In 1983, English was made the official language of instruction at Budhanilkantha School. The University of Cambridge(CIE) O-Level and A-Level programs were introduced in 1985.

Budhanilkantha School converted from a boys' single sex school to a co-educational institution in 1992. Co-education at Budhanilkantha has been very successful.[3]

In 1994, the British management handed over the administration to Nepalese management.


The school operates three courses of study:

  1. School Leaving Certificate level (a nationwide curriculum up to class 10 prescribed by the Department of Education of Nepal),
  2. Cambridge International A-Level and
  3. 10+2 Level (Higher Secondary Education Board of Nepal, equivalent alternative to A-Level).
View of the snow-clad Shivapuri mountain from the Middle Pitch

Entry into the school is highly selective and students must pass an entrance exam to gain admission into the school. Normally, entrance examinations are taken for entry into class 5 and post SLC levels. This is intended to continue the high academic status of the school.[8]

Out of 116 students who took the School Leaving Certificate Examination 2011,93 secured Distinction and the rest 23students passed in First Division.This is the best SLC result by any batches of the school. (3000D batch)[9]

Budhanilkantha School was the first school to introduce GCE Advanced Level in Nepal.[10] It currently offers A-Levels in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Economics, Business Studies, Sociology, Accounting and English Language. It is compulsory for students to sit exams in than five subjects. Mathematics and English Language have to be studied by all students. Most students choose to study science based subjects and some choose to combine sciences and social sciences. In A-Level exams of year 2010, 12% of entries from the school secured grade A* and 30% entries secured grade A. 56% entries from the school secured more than or equal to grade B. 73% of the total entries, excluding General Paper, was on either math or science subjects.[11] Budhanilkantha students regularly feature in the Cambridge outstanding achiever list as the best achieving A-Level candidates in Nepal and worldwide.[12][13]


The school is managed under the Public Educational Trust. The Ministry for Education being the main trustee, the Board of Trustees (BOT) is chaired by the Education Secretary of Nepal. The school Management Committee (SMC) is responsible for the formulation, implementation and monitoring of all policy level matters. The Principal takes care of the day-to-day administration with the help of three Vice-Principals, Chief Administrative Officer and a team of Senior Management Team (SMT). The school is also supported by Friends of Budhanilkantha School (FOBS), the parents' representative association and Society of Ex-Budhanilkantha Students (SEBS). They also actively participate in the school governance.[14]

The present principal of the school is Mr. Keshar Khulal. There are currently two vice principals in the school; Mr. Atiram K. C. and Mrs. C. Dolma.[15]

The list of Headmasters/Principals of the school are as follows:

  1. John B Tyson, Headmaster Designate (1966)
  2. Peter J Wakeman, Headmaster (1972 to 1977)
  3. Ken Jones, Headmaster (1978 to 1982)
  4. Dr. Tej Ratna Kansakar, Acting Headmaster (1983)
  5. John Tyson, Headmaster (1983 to 1988)
  6. Brian Garton, Headmaster (1989 to 1992)
  7. Thomas Thomas, Headmaster (1992 to 1994)
  8. Satyanarayan Rajbhandari, Principal (1994 to 1995)
  9. Narayan Prasad Sharma, Principal (1996 to 2012)
  10. Keshar Khulal, Principal (2013-till date)

Infrastructure and facilities[edit]

Students using the Learning Resource Centre

Key infrastructures of the school are as follows:

  1. Four multi-purpose sports fields, Middle Pitch, Bottom Pitch, Top Pitch and Garden Pitch.
  2. A 25m competition swimming pool.[3]
  3. Four outdoor and one indoor basketball courts.
  4. Ten volleyball courts.
  5. A tennis court.
  6. A sports hall.
  7. An assembly hall with stage and full light and sound support.
  8. A spacious dining hall.
  9. Six fully equipped laboratories for Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
  10. A micro Hydro-electric Plant was installed with the help of Pestalozzi Overseas Children's Trust UK.
  11. The Learning Resource Centre (LRC) inaugurated by the First President of Nepal Rt. Hon. Dr. Ram Baran Yadav [16]
  12. Two computer labs, with latest computers and full internet access. One of them is within the LRC.
  13. A library within the LRC with very good collections.

During the past 25 years the school has expanded tremendously. The extension of buildings for the modern science laboratory, student hostels, class rooms, swimming pool, staff flats and office complex. The number of teaching and administrative staff has also increased. Besides this, the school has been quick to exploit changes in technology to facilitate teaching and learning.[3]


Students performing on stage

The school has various clubs where students, especially those in the A-Level program, are handed over the responsibilities and they have to search for sponsors and organize and administer workshops, trainings, concerts and other educational programs under their own steams. The members at the end need to hand in a report of the accomplishments.

The clubs have designations for students that include President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Junior Secretary, members, coordinator, advisor that number from 10 to 35 members. The clubs running are:

  1. Awareness Campaign Club
  2. Creativity Club
  3. Drama And Debating Club (DADC)
  4. BNKS.Net
  5. The Environment Club
  6. Forum of Cultural Unity on Stage (FOCUS)
  7. Forum of Young Economist (FYE)
  8. Interact Club
  9. LEO Club
  10. Junior/Youth Red Cross Circle (J/YRCC) of Budhanilkantha School
  11. Science Club
  12. Society For Open Nepal (SFON)
  13. Social Service Club
  14. Sports Training And Recreation (STAR) Club
  15. Journalism Club
  16. Mathematics Club
  17. Health and Fitness Club

Other activities[edit]

Various programs and competitions are held to enhance all round development of the students. P.E. (Physical Education) Department holds various competitions among the parallel houses: basketball matches, football (Soccer) matches, Softball matches, Volleyball matches, Kabaddi matches, etc. The S.T.A.R. (Sports Recreation and Training) club also organizes Inter college football tournament in the memory of Late Narayan Khadka (Karate trainer and facilitator of the school), which is also termed as N.K. Memorial football tournament (formerly just Inter College Football Tournament). This tournament attracts spectators within and away from the school. Gyanendra Cup, an Inter College Basketball Tournament, was also organized by the school after the name of the former king of Nepal; but was stopped after the downfall of Kingship in Nepal. Other major activities related to sports are: Track and Field meets which is held annually, Pentathlon and Triathlon events, Cross country races, Road races,etc.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Dipendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev (Late King of Nepal)
  • Nirajan Shah (Late Prince of Nepal)
  • Birendra Bahadur Basnet (Proprietor/Managing Director of Buddha Air)
  • Bal Krishna Joshi (creator of Thamel.com)
  • Diwas Gurung (Neo-Nepalese folk music artist)
  • Mohan Mickey Giri (Founder/President Andrew J Wild College, Himalayan Olive Orchard Bajura, Everest Tea Estate Sindhupalchowk, Inspire Trading)
  • Bhaba Thami (Inspire Group Nepal)
  • Rajiv Gurung (Film Director - Mickey & Tom Studios)
  • Karun Thapa (Manasulu software)
  • Surendra Shakya (Eduvision Nepal)
  • Mukesh Shakya (Principal - Andrew J Wild College, Cambridge University GCE A Level Programmes)
  • Dinesh RC (CEO - Andrew J Wild College, Nepal)
  • Govinda Rai (Cow Bank Manager - Bhotechaur, Nepal)
  • Ram Budhathoki (Tea Master)
  • Keshar Khulal (Principal, Budhanilkatha School)
  • Ujwal Bahadur Thapa (Politician - Bibeksheel Nepali)
  • Swornim wagle (National Planning Commission, Nepal)
  • Manish Chowdhary (GCE A Level Programme Co-ordinator - Andrew J Wild College)


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