Tribhuvan University (T.U.) is the pioneer university in the country, where, in 1961 only 5143 students were enrolled where as in 2002/03; the number has increased to about 213412 students. It alone has about 170700 students (T.U, 2006/07) in its 60 constituent campuses and about 86457 in the 413 affiliated private campuses.
Set up in 1959, Tribhuvan University (TU), a pioneering institution of higher education in Nepal. It is situated in Kirtipur, a small ancient town located five kilometers away from downtown Kathmandu. Following the recent second democratic movement, Prime Minister of Nepal is the Chancellor of the University while Minister of Education is the Pro-Chancellor. The Vice Chancellor is the principal executive of the university. He is assisted by Rector in academic programs and Registrar in financial management and general administration.
Tribhuvan University has 7950 teaching faculty members and 7122 non-teaching staff including support staff in its constituent campuses.The number of total staff is 15072.
Main objectives of Tribhuvan University
The university was established with the following objectives:
- To produce skilled manpower essential for the overall development of Nepal;
- To preserve and develop historical and cultural heritage of the nation;
- To accumulate, advance and disseminate knowledge; and
- To encourage and promote research in Arts, Science, Medicine, Engineering, Agriculture, Management, Education and other vocational fields
Councils of Tribhuvan University
There are five councils constituted as major decision-making bodies of the university.
- University Council : It is the supreme decision-making body on policies, budget, and rules and regulations for running the university. It consists of 52 members.
- Executive Council : Executing the decisions of the university council, making decisions on grants, giving affiliation to private campuses, and appointing the university officials are its major functions. It consists of seven members.
- Academic Council : The academic council makes decisions on educational policies and practices regarding curricula, teaching, examinations and research and comprises of fifty members.
- Research Coordination Council : It formulates policies on TU research activities, approves guidelines for researchers and coordinates the functions of university level research organizations. The Research Division is the secretariat of the council which publishes TU Journal, Research Bulletin and Statistical Bulletin. Besides, it monitors mini-researches for teachers. It consists of 27 members.
- Planning Council : The planning council performs an advisory role of preparing short and long-term plans, developing annual programmes and evaluating programme implementation. It consists of twenty-nine members.