Tri-Chandra College

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Tri-Chandra Multiple Campus
Trichandra college - eldest academic institution of Nepal.jpg
Type Public
Established 1918 AD
Principal Hari Prasad Thapalia
Location Ghantaghar, Kathmandu, Nepal
Affiliations Tribhuvan University
Website www.trichandracollege.edu.np

Tri-Chandra Multiple Campus, more colloquially known as Tri-Chandra College, is a constituent campus of Tribhuvan University located in Ghantaghar, Kathmandu. Found in 1918 by Chandra Shumsher, it is the oldest institute of higher learning in Nepal.

Etymology[edit]

The current name Tri-Chandra is a trunceated combination of two words: Tribhuvan for Mahārājādhirāja Tribhuwan Bir Bikram Shah and Chandra for Rana Prime Minister Chandra Shumsher. The college was originally named Tribhuvan Chandra Intermediate Campus but later renamed and shortened to its current name.[1]

History[edit]

Chandra Shumsher Prime Minister of Nepal (1901–1929), founder of the college

Nepal’s first institution of higher education, Tri-Chandra College, was established in 1918. The college introduced science at the Intermediate level a year later, marking the genesis of formal science education in the country. However, up until the advent of democracy in 1951, the college was not accessible to the general public, but only to a handful of "noble" members of Rana regime. The main purpose of imparting science at that time was to prepare the students for further studies in technical subjects, such as medicine, engineering, agriculture, forestry, etc., in India. The science teaching at Tri-Chandra was upgraded to the Bachelor level (BSc) in 1945. Tri-Chandra was originally affiliated to the University of Calcutta, then to Patna University before finally being constituted into Tribhuvan University since 1959.[2]

Academics[edit]

The college offers numerous programs across science and humanities. In science, it runs BSc and MSc programs; while in humanities, it offers BA and MA programs.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences[edit]

  • Department of Nepali
  • Department of Psychology

Faculty of Sciences[edit]

  • Department of Geology
  • Department of Meteorology
  • Department of Physics
  • Department of Mathematics
  • Department of Statistics
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Department of Environmental Science
  • Department of Zoology
  • Department of Botany
  • Department of Microbiology

Notable alumni[edit]

Some of the well-known graduates of the college are:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The official website of Tri-Chandra College". trichandracollege.edu.np. Archived from the original on 30 September 2015. Retrieved 12 November 2016. Chandra Shumsher, the Rana Prime Minister, established Tribhuvan Chandra Intermediate College now named as Tri-Chandra College in 1918. 
  2. ^ Dayananda Bajracharya; Dinesh Raj Bhuju; Jiba Raj Pokhrel (2006). "Science, Research and Technology in Nepal" (PDF). unesco.org. UNESCO. pp. 16–17. Retrieved 18 October 2016.