Tribhuvan University

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Tribhuvan University
त्रिभुवन विश्वविद्यालय
Tribhuwan University logo.jpg
Tribhuvan University logo
(blue and red hexagram)
Type Public Coeducational
Established 1959 (2016 B.S.)
Chancellor Prime Minister of Nepal
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Tirtha Raj Khaniya[1]
Academic staff
7,049 professorial faculty
5607 other faculty[2]
Students 604,437[3]
Location Kathmandu, Nepal
Campus Kirtipur

Tribhuvan University (TU, Nepali: त्रिभुवन विश्वविद्यालय) is a public university in Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal. Established in 1959, TU is the oldest and largest university in Nepal.[4] The enrolment in 2013–2014 was ninth 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. As of September 2014, the university has 88 constituent campuses and 1,033 affilaited colleges across the country.[5] Since it is government financed, it is less expensive than private universities.


Tribhuvan University was named after late King Tribhuvan. Established in 1959 (2016 B.S.), it is the oldest and largest university in Nepal and the most promising one. [6]


Tribhuvan University Administrative Building

TU marked its golden jubilee in 2009 organizing 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. 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. degrees in the technical institutes and faculties.

TU ran its programmes only through its constituent campuses before 1980. With the increasing number of students wanting 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 1979–80, TU started providing affiliation to private colleges. Across the country, 826 private colleges have received TU affiliations.

In the 2014–2015 academic session 4,05,341 students were enrolled in TU academic programmes. 1,48,141 (36.55%) students study in its 60 constituent campuses including 38 central departments, while 2,57,200 (63.45%) students study in 1,053 affiliated colleges.[7][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.[8][citation needed]

Faculties and associated central departments[edit]

There are four faculties at the university:

  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences[9]
  • Central Department of Food Technology in Dharan[10] [11]
    • Central Department of Buddhist Studies
    • Central Department of Chemistry, TU[12]
    • Central Department of Culture
    • Central Department of Economics
    • [Central Department of English]
    • Central Department of Biotechnology[13]
    • Central Department of Fine Arts
    • Central Department of Geography
    • Central Department Of Hydrology & Meteorology
    • Central Department of Geology
    • 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 Physics
    • 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
    • Central Department of Anthropology
  • Faculty of Management
  • Faculty of Education
    • Central Department of Education
  • Faculty of Law Awareness


There are five institutes at the university:

Constituent campuses[edit]

The list of constituent campuses of Tribhuvan University includes:[17]

Eastern Development Region[edit]

Central Development Region (Out of Kathmandu Valley)[edit]

  • Ramshwaroop Ramsagar Multiple Campus, Janakpur
  • Thakur Ram Multiple Campus, Birgunj
  • National Academy Campus, Birgunj
  • Hetauda Campus, Hetauda
  • Central Campus, Rampur
  • Birendra Multiple Campus, Bharatpur

Central Development Region (Inside Kathmandu Valley)[edit]

Western Development Region[edit]

Mid-Western Development Region[edit]

Far-Western Development Region[edit]


TU is government financed but still an autonomous organization.[2] 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. Tirtha Raj Khaniya
  • Chairman: Prof. Dr. Ishwar Chandra Dutta
  • Rector: Prof. Guna Nidhi Nyaupane
  • Registrar: Dr. Chandra Mani Poudel


Tribhuvan University has five decision-making bodies:

  • The 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.
  • The Academic Council makes decisions on policies and practices regarding curriculum, teaching, examinations and research.
  • The Research Coordination Council makes policies on TU research activities, approves guidelines for researchers and coordinates the functions of university level research organizations.
  • The Planning Council has an advisory role of preparing plans (long- and short-term), developing annual programs and evaluating programs implementation.