Bachelor of Public Administration (BPA) - Tribhuvan University


Tribhuvan University, faculty of Management, Central Department of Public Administration, Public Administration Campus, Jamal introduces Bachelor of Public Administration (BPA) course in Nepal from the academic year 2070-71. It is a 4-year, 8-semester program and offered at Public Administration campus building at Kathmandu. Currently more than 4 colleges offers BPA program in Nepal. 

Objectives of BPA Program

The objective of the Bachelor of Public Administration (BPA) is designed to enable graduates for the success in multitude of employment positions in public, private and the NGO sectors. Upon completion of the program, the graduates will be able to:

  1. Develop learning, research and professional skills in the area of public management
  2. Prepare public managers to meet the needs and challenges of public service;
  3. Demonstrate an awareness to and knowledge of the political context of the duties of a public servant;
  4. Exhibit ethical conduct while maintaining awareness of the large responsibilities of serving the public interest; and
  5. Become effective managers, specialists, and figureheads in both the public sector and public organizations.

History of Public Administration course in Nepal

public administration education was started with one-year diploma in public administration together with imparting in-service training for HMG Second Class Gazetted Officers under Center for Economic Development and Administration (CEDA) of the Tribhuvan University.

Later in 1976, Public Administration Campus (PAC) - a full fledge constituent campus of the Tribhuvan University was established. PAC was assumed the sole responsibility for education for public administration and undertook "Diploma in Public Administration" (DPA Program until 1979).

The mission quickly evolved to include offering Master degree in Public Administration in 1979. To upgrade and get more independent status, the Tribhuvan University has created Central Department of Public Administration (CDPA) in 1986. Since then PAC/CDPA has been imparting education, training and conducting research in the area of public affairs management.

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Salient features

Highlights of BPA

  1. Prepare middle level professional human resource
  2. Updated syllabus to meet international standards
  3. Synchronized with the syllabus of Public Service Commission
  4. Emphasis on practical knowledge, administrative skills and creative learning
  5. Provision of internship

Eligibility

Eligibility for admission in BPA

Students who have passed 10+2 or equivalent examinations from recognized academic institute with second division (securing 45% and above) or 1.8 CGPA are eligible to enroll in this program.

OR

successfully completed Higher secondary level in any discipline with at least second division from any institution recognized by TU are eligible for applying BPA programme.

Admission test

Candidates seeking admission for the BPA programme must appear in the written and oral entrance test examination conducted by the Faculty of Management (FOM). FOM issues a score-sheet to each student appearing in the Entrance Test. The admission test comprises of following areas :

  • Verbal Ability (25)
  • Quantitative Ability (25)
  • Logical Reasoning (25)
  • General Awareness (25)

Students must submit the admission test request form along with testimonials (transcripts/marks-sheet, etc.) to Central Department of Public Administration (CDPA). FOM shall charge a fee for conducting the Entrance Test.

Students must submit their applications for admission to the campus along with the score-sheet. Public Administration Campus gives admission to students on the basis of merit list. The merit list is prepared by considering the admission test score and percentage of marks obtained in the Bachelor's degree. The admission is granted in a competitive basis. The applicants must enclose with the application form attested copies of :

  • Certificates/testimonials of all examinations passed (SLC and Above);
  • Equivalence transfers and characters certificates (wherever applicable); and
  • Two passports sized photographs.
  • Professional Goal Statement
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Job prospectus

Public administration course help to understand more about bureaucracy of Nepal, better understanding of national policies of Nepal and help to easily enter government jobs via loksewa aayog and excel in government jobs like officers and above.

  1. Those who study Public Administration course have high chances to clear the exam taken by Public Service Commission (lok sewa aayog) as the subject is relevant to the questions asked during the exam.
  2. After completion of Bachelor of Public Administration, students can complete Masters of Public administration , M.Phil in Public administration and enter academic field and work as a lecturer and professors.

Curricular structure

BPA program’s course cycle completes in eight semesters (four years). The total weightage of the program has 120 credits covering Administrative Sciences with 87 credits, Specialization 18 credits, Computer Application 9 credits, and the Internship and Report Writing 6 credits as given below. Each semester will be 15 credits and each subject will be 3 credit hours except the report writing one.

Areas

  • Administration and Allied/Administrative sciences (29x3=87 Credits)
  • Specialization (6x3=18 Credis)
  • Computer Application (3x3=9 Credis)
  • Internship & Report Writing (3x2=6 Credits)
  • Total (120 Credits)

Details of the subjects to be studied

1st Semester

  1. BPA 101: English I
  2. BPA 102: Foundation of Public Administration
  3. BPA 103: Sociology
  4. BPA 104: Micro-Economics
  5. BPA 105: Organization Theory

2nd Semester

  1. BPA 201: English II
  2. BPA 202: Development Administration
  3. BPA 203: Macro-economics
  4. BPA 204: Fundamentals of psychology
  5. BPA 205: Mathematics

3rd Semester

  1. BPA 301: Public Finance
  2. BPA 302: International Administration
  3. BPA 303: Local Governance
  4. BPA 304: Human Resource Management
  5. BPA 305: Applied Statistics in Public Administration

4th Semester

  1. BPA 401: Social Change and Nation Building
  2. BPA 402: Comparative Politics
  3. BPA 403: Basics of Public Policy
  4. BPA 404: Social governance/Legal system
  5. BPA 405: Development Planning and Nepalese Economy

5th Semester

  1. BPA 501: Organizational Behavior
  2. BPA 502: Administrative Law
  3. BPA 503: Office Management
  4. BPA 504: Fundamentals of Computer
  5. BPA 505: Revenue governance

6th Semester

  1. BPA 601: Research Methods in Public Administration
  2. BPA 602: Corporate Governance
  3. BPA 603: DBMS and Computer Programming
  4. BPA 604: Environment management and Climate Change
  5. SPA 1, 2 or 3: Specialization

7th Semester

  1. BPA 701: E-governance
  2. BPA 701: Recent Trends in Public Management
  3. BPA 701: Security management
  4. SP 1,2 or 3: Specialization.
  5. SP 1,2 or 3: Specialization

8th Semester

  1. BPA 801: Internship & Report Writing- 6 Credit Hours
  2. SPA 1, 2 or 3: Specialization
  3. SPA 1, 2 or 3: Specialization
  4. SPA 1, 2 or 3: Specialization


Specialization Areas

Student can choose one of the three specialization areas (SPA), i.e., 6 subjects of one group only

SPA 1: Development Management

  1. BPA 221: Project management
  2. BPA 222: Cooperative Management
  3. BPA 223: Tourism management
  4. BPA 224: Social Development
  5. BPA 225: Conflict Management
  6. BPA 226: Disaster Management
  7. BPA 227: Sustainable development & climate change

SPA 2: Human Resource Management

  1. BPA 331: Nepalese Personnel Administration
  2. BPA 332: Civil Service Reform
  3. BPA 333: Human Resource Development
  4. BPA 334: Performance Management
  5. BPA 335: Total Quality Management
  6. BPA 336: Employer-employee relations
  7. BPA 337: Compensation Management

SPA 3: Local Governance

  1. BPA 341: Local Planning
  2. BPA 342: NGO Governance
  3. BPA 343: Rural-Urban Partnership
  4. BPA 344: Community Development
  5. BPA 345: Local Finance
  6. BPA 346: Local Service Delivery Management
  7. BPA 347: Public Private Partnership