Bhadra Man Tuladhar

Ashoka Fellow
Nepal,
Fellow Since 1992
Kathmandu University

Citation

This profile was prepared when Bhadra Man Tuladhar was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1992.
The New Idea
Badra Man has set out to establish a high quality, competitive, private four-year university in Nepal that will establish a new educational standard for the country. This ambitious vision for such a university springs from a modest foundation. Initially located in borrowed, temporary premises, it has already successfully graduated four groups of students at the intermediate level in science. There are now 300 students enrolled in the two-year certificate-level program. The campus has thirty-three faculty members, most of whom are part-time.When the university is at full strength on its own campus site, there will be 810 students and seventy faculty members. The curriculum will emphasize the sciences and humanities. Special certificates will be available in computer sciences and teacher training. A graduate degree will be available in management.Badra Man believes that the university will contribute to achieving educational self-sufficiency in Nepal, one of the poorest countries in the world. It will provide desperately needed educational infrastructure that is sensitive to the local culture and context. He hopes it will also introduce more student-centered, problem-solving methods of teaching.He hopes that the university he envisions will attract top students from the country and provide them with an excellent educational alternative to leaving the country for higher studies. Currently, a great many Nepalese students choose to complete their studies in foreign countries, especially India. This "brain drain" costs more than a great deal of foreign exchange; it is demoralizing to Nepali educators and students and to the country as a whole. Badra Man hopes that establishing Kathmandu University will create an atmosphere of new energy and optimism in Nepal's educational community.
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