Tribhuvan University

Coordinates: 27°40′55″N 85°17′11″E / 27.68184°N 85.28646°E / 27.68184; 85.28646
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Tribhuwan University
त्रिभुवन विश्वविद्यालय
Logo of Tribhuvan University
(blue and red hexagram)
Established25 June 1959; 64 years ago (1959-06-25)
BudgetRs. 15 billion (USD $130 million) (2019–20)
ChancellorPrime Minister of Nepal
Vice-ChancellorDr. Keshar Jung Baral
RectorShivalal Bhusal[1]
Academic staff
7,049 professorial faculty
5607 other faculty[2]
27°40′55″N 85°17′11″E / 27.68184°N 85.28646°E / 27.68184; 85.28646
FSU chairmanShyam Raj Ojha (NSU)

Tribhuvan University (TU; Nepali: त्रिभुवन विश्वविद्यालय) is a public university located in Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal. Established in 1959, TU is the oldest and the largest university in Nepal. The college offers 1000 undergraduate and 500 postgraduate programs across a wide range of disciplines.[4] Additionally, the institution has 62 constituent campuses and over 1080 affiliated colleges across the country.[5]


Established on 25 June 1959 (or 11 Ashar 2016 BS),[6] Tribhuvan University is the oldest and largest university in Nepal. The university was named after the late King Tribhuvan. In its early years, all the postgraduate classes were held at Tripureshwor Campus. The administrative office was also located in Tripureshwor. It was only in 1967 that the university was relocated to its main campus in Kirtipur – an ancient town about 5 km south-west of the city of Kathmandu. The university, which spreads over an area of 154.77 hectares, constitutes the Central Administrative Office and the Central Campus.[7]


University Campus,TU
TU eastern entrance

Since its inception, the state-owned university has expanded its programmes. 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 PhD degrees in the technical institutes and faculties.

Tribhuvan University ran its programmes only through its constituent campuses before 1980. With the increasing number of students seeking higher education, it was not possible 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 alone could not meet the demand. From 1979 to 1980, TU started providing affiliation to private colleges. As of April 2016, 1,084 private and public colleges were affiliated with TU.[8]

In the 2014–2015 academic session 405,341 students were enrolled in TU academic programmes. 148,141 (36.55%) students study in its 60 constituent campuses including 38 central departments, while 257,200 (63.45%) students study in 1,053 affiliated colleges.[9][citation needed]

TU has 7,841 teaching faculty and 7,413 non-teaching staff including the support staff in its constituent campuses. The number of total employees is 15,254.[10][citation needed]


Tribhuvan University is ranked in the top 1201-1500 universities in the world as per the Times Higher Education World University Rankings in 2024, published by the Times Higher Education (THE) magazine. It is ranked among the 251-300 best universities of Asia.[11] It is ranked at 6676 in the world and 2nd in the country as per the 4icu Organisation of University Ranking.[12]

Technical institutes[edit]

The university administers its science and technology programs, such as BSc, BE, MBBS, etc., through its technical institutes. There are five technical institutes at the university, each taking care of a specific domain within the field of science and technology education.

Faculties and associated Central Departments[edit]

There are four faculties and a total of 40 associated central departments at the university:[13]

Central Department of Hydrology and Meteorology

Constituent Campuses[edit]

TU has 62 constituent campuses. The following is a partial list of constituent colleges of the university:[14][15]

Koshi Province (12)[edit]

Madhesh Province (5)[edit]

Bagmati Province (26)[edit]

Outside Kathmadu Valley (4)[edit]

Kathmandu Valley (22)[edit]

Gandaki Province (7)[edit]

Lumbini Province (6)[edit]

Karnali Province (3)[edit]

Sudurpaschim Province (3)[edit]


TU is government-financed but still an autonomous organization.[2] The head of the government, the prime minister, is its chancellor.[16]

  • Chancellor: Prime Minister of Nepal (Puspa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda")
  • Pro-Chancellor: Minister of Education (Shishir Khanal)
  • Vice Chancellor: Prof. Dr. Keshar jung Baral
  • Rector: Prof. Dr. Shiva Lal Bhusal
  • Registrar: Prof. Dr. Peshal Dahal



Research centers[edit]

Tribhuvan University has the following research centers:[17]

  • Centre for Economic Development and Administration (CEDA)
  • Centre for Nepal and Asian Studies (CNAS), formerly called the Institute for Nepal and Asian Studies (INAS)
  • Research Centre for Applied Science and Technology (RECAST)
  • Research Centre for Educational Innovation and Development (CERID)


  • Central Department of Chemistry[18]
  • Central Department of Mathematics[19]
  • Central Department of Public Administration[20]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  14. ^ "List of Constituent Campuses of Tribhuvan University". Tribhuvan University's Official Website. TU. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  15. ^ "Tribhuvan University of Nepal". Retrieved 29 April 2023.
  16. ^ "PM Dahal stresses need of reforming TU". Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  17. ^ "TU Research Centres". Retrieved 20 October 2018.
  18. ^ "Central Department of Chemistry | Tribhuvan University".
  19. ^ "Department of Mathematics: Tribhuvan University". Central Department of Mathematics TU. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  20. ^ "Home". Central Department of Public Administration. Retrieved 9 September 2013.