The tourism sector is an important driver of the economy. Over recent decades, travel and tourism have become large contributors to the world's economy. While its economic importance varies widely, it is clear that tourism plays an important role in supporting economic growth despite current recessions in the global context. Of all the sectors of the world economy, tourism registers as one of the strongest and most consistent rates of growth.
In this context of increasing tourism business, mountain regions can play a vital role in national economic development. Mountains provide sites of some of the earliest forms of tourism. In the 18th century, the Alps became an essential stop for English aristocrats when it became fashionable to make the Grand Tour. There is no region in the world today where the special qualities of mountain landscapes are not acknowledged. Associated qualities of the region have now become assets, valuable for the development of mountain tourism: snow, with the invention and spread of skiing; the diversity of local peoples and traditional indigenous cultural practices; the abundance of mineral and hot springs; the sacred dimension attributed to many mountain sites and summits; biological and geological diversity, reflected in unique geological antique formations, flora and fauna communities such as chamois, ibex, snow leopards, mountain cats, pandas and many species of birds.
For fulfilling this challenging need, Janapriya Multiple Campus (JMC) aims to introduce an undergraduate academic program on mountaineering tourism viz. Bachelor of Mountain Tourism Management (BMTM) from the 2017 session. JMC is an autonomous Quality Assurance and Accredited institution (QAA certified by the UGC, Nepal)., and is affiliated with Tribhuvan University. It has its own premises in a land area of about 0.476 hectares consisting of four three-storied building blocks. JMC has 57 full-time teaching faculties, 42 Non-teaching staff, and 2034 students in different programs. JMC has offered different programs: Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS), Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Bachelor of Education (BEd), Bachelor of Science (BSc in Microbiology), and Master of Business Studies (MBS). It has several departments, Department of Physics, Department of Chemistry, Department of Biology, Botany, Zoology, Microbiology, and Environmental Science, Department of English, Department of Nepali, Department of Economics, Department of Social Studies and Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Department of Accounting and Financial Management, Department of General Management and Research, Department of Education as well as its own well-equipped Research and Consultancy Center (RCC). It is obvious that given the unique serene location and a good academic environment, there are high feasibilities to run additional programs as BMTM that are market-oriented and pragmatic.