Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies (BDevS) - Pokhara University

Pokhara University

Humanities and Social Sciences

4 year(s)

Bachelor of Development Studies (BDEVS) is one of the most  interesting subjects in social sciences. It covers various components of economics, Sociology ,population, spatial planning, gender, and governance, which help to analyze different aspects of development.

This is a four year course and spreads over eight semesters. However, students can complete the courses within eight years. BDEVS course constitutes 129 credits consisting thematic areas (63 credits); auxiliary area (36 credits); methods
area (12 credits); practical area (6 credits); and optional practical/ thematic area
(12 credits).

This course was launched in 2010 with an aim to produce the primary professionals for development and social engineering. BDEVS program provides methods and techniques to analyze various problems of society through the teachings of theories and models, and the practical approaches.

BDEVS aims to prepare human resources for overall development of the society. The program produces development and social experts to solve the social problems of national and sub-national levels (communities, municipalities, and regions). It teaches the tools and techniques related to economic growth, social and human development, and overall prosperity.

Objectives of the Programs
 The Bachelor of arts in development studies (BDevS) program has been designed to

  1. Develop the academic skills and attitudes necessary to comprehend and evaluate the concepts of social and economic development
  2. Assist students to solve various problems in the society by means of practical approaches using models and innovative solutions.
  3. Develop the ability to review, consolidate, extend, and apply the knowledge and techniques to real situations; and
  4. Impart students the principles and practices, challenges, and opportunities of development for making the society prosperous and advance.
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Admission criteria

For the time being Pokhara University scholarship (administered by Pokhara University Scholarship Rules 2065) funded by the University Grant Commission is provided for 20 per cent students of each intake in the constituent programme and five per cent in affiliated programmes. 

The scholarships Quota is divided as

  1. Pokhara University School of Development and Social Engineering, Lekhnath, Kaski: 20%
  2. Camad College: 5%

Application Procedure for  (BDEVS) Program

Candidates applying for BDEVS program need to submit the application form along with their copy of academic certificates and transcript within the given deadlines. Students must attend in the written test conducted by the College on pre-specified dates. Once students are successful in Admission Test, they will be invited for Personal Interviews. The admission committee considers a candidate’s potential for success in the College. Camad College reserves all rights regarding admissions decisions, and the decisions one made by the College will be final. All successful candidates are informed about the admission in time.Finally, candidates need to visit administration office for his/her admission along with already prescribed first installment of the program.

Supporting Documents

Following are the lists of supporting documents that need to submit along with prescribed Application Form of the College:

  • Passport sizes photographs

  • Copies of School Leaving Certificate & Character Certificate

  • Copy of +2 or intermediate or equivalent certificates

  • Copy of Provision Certificate

  • Original copy of Migration Certificate

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Normally, admission for BDEVS opens in August, after the result announcement of the grade 12 by National Examination Board. The students who have completed Higher Secondary education (Grade 12), or Intermediate level or Higher Secondary equivalent in any discipline from a recognized college/university board are eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Development Studies. 


Students should have scored minimum of D+ Grade in all subjects in 10+2 (Secondary Level)

Applicants are selected from a merit list of entrance examination conducted by the School of Development and Social Engineering for the constituent programme and separately by individual colleges for affiliated programmes.

Curricular structure

The  Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies (BDevS ) courses constitute 126 credit hours spreading over eight semesters. A total of 2268 hours are required to earn the BDevS degree of Pokhara University.

Curriculum: Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies (BDevS ): Pokhara University




Year one

Semester One

  1. Introduction to development studies
  2. English I
  3. Nepali
  4. Introduction to Population studies
  5. Applied Mathematics

Semester II

  1. Sociology and Social Anthropology
  2. English -II
  3. Introduction to Gender studies
  4. Micro Economics
  5. Population problem of Nepal
  6. Basic Statistics

Year Two

Semester Three

  1. Macro Economics
  2. Decentralization and Governance system
  3. Human Rights and Social Justice
  4. Fundamental of Human Geography
  5. Migration and Urbanization
  6. Gender Analysis and Development

Semester Four

  1. Environment and Development
  2. Basic Research Methods in Dev. Studies
  3. Demographic Techniques
  4. Introduction to Social Psychology
  5. Conflicts Transformation for Development

Year Three

Semester Five

  1. Development Economics
  2. Introduction to Human Ecology and Mt. Environment
  3. Project work I
  4. Applied statistics
  5. Introduction to Social Work
  6. Tourism and Development

Semester Six

  1. Optional I
  2. Development Financing
  3. Project Cycle Management
  4. IT for Social Sciences
  5. Poverty and Human Development

Year Four

Semester Seven

  1. Optional II
  2. Optional III
  3. Sustainable Development
  4. Natural Resource Management
  5. Development Policies and Programs in Nepal

Semester Eight

  1. Optional IV
  2. Project work II
  3. Development Field Camping and Presentation
  4. Natural Process and Human Response
  5. State of Development in Third World


  1. Dissertation (6) Research Proposal Development, Field Work (Project I) , Data Analysis and Dissertation (Project II)
  2. Advance GIS (3)
  3. Rural and Regional Development (include spatial Organization System) (3)
  4. Social and Environmental Impact Assessment (3)
  5. Environmental Economics (3)
  6. Population and Development (3)


  1. Advance Development Theory and Discourse (3)
  2. Advance Project Analysis and Management (3)
  3. Journalism for Development (3)
  4. Social Welfare and Safety net in Nepalese Context (3)
  5. Health and Development (3)
  6. Women Studies (3)