TU attracting students, thanks to new courses
By Manjima Dhakal
Kathmandu, May 21: Students willing to enroll on some new Master’s programmes in Tribhuvan University have been facing tough competition in the entrance examinations due to high number of applicants to in the entrance examinations.
This year, about 300 students appeared in the entrance examinations for Social Work and 250 for International Relations programmes. However, the number of seats allotted for these courses are only 50 each.
Including these two, the Dean Office of Humanities And Social Sciences introduced about 12 new subjects like Peace and Conflict Studies, Crisis Management, Counseling Psychology, Tourism and Hospitality, Dance, Sports Science and a few others in the last five years. The TU has been facing pressure from the high number of aspiring students in all these subjects.
Prof. Dr. Shiva Lal Bhusal, Dean at the Humanities and Social Sciences, said all programmes in TU have been conducting entrance examination to select students because a large number of students are keen to study these subjects.
According to Dr. Bhusal, TU enrolls students having experience in the related field and the students who have studied related subjects at the bachelor’s level.
Students enrolled after passing the entrance examinations obtain good grades in these subjects.
“We enroll selected students for the course. Therefore, more than 90 per cent students get good grades,” he added.
Bhusal said that student’s attraction in the newly introduced subjects had contributed to the increase in the number of students in Humanities in recent years.
Earlier, the Management department used to attract a larger number of students while Education stream was placed in the second in terms of the number of students willing to get enrolled. But now Humanities has occupied the second spot as many students have been attracted towards the newly introduced subjects and pushed the education stream to the third position
Like these new programmes, the departments of Journalism, Economics, Sociology, Rural Development, English and Psychology still have students pressure.
Bidhya Nath Koirala, educationist, said the number of students desiring to get enrolled in the new subjects showed that the new
generation’s interest had grown towards the new subjects.
“It shows that the authority needs to think to introduce new subjects according to the changing time and to revise the course contents according to demand of the new generation,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Department Of History and Geography which witnessed the fall in the number of students to zero level for many years have got some students this academic year.
According to Prof. Dr. Bhusal, about 30 students have enrolled in history and geography subjects each this year.
Some students have enrolled in history and geography after the local governments and municipalities started to hire persons who could write history of the municipalities, Bhusal added.
And, only a fewer numbers of students have enrolled in the two subjects, namely Hindi and Linguistic. In Linguistic, only four students have enrolled and in Hindi only seven.
The office of the dean has been planning to introduce new subject named Anti-corruption from this year. After the stakeholders demanded that the course should be introduced because corruption has become a burning issue in the country, the TU has been planning to introduce the course.
Now, the dean office has been conducting discussion with stakeholders to introduce the course. Bhusal said after taking suggestions from stakeholders, the faculty would develop the course and implement it.