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Tribhuvan University (TU) is the State owned university with five technical institutes and four general faculties. TU offers 50 courses for the technical proficiency certificate level, in the areas of study which are not included in the existing 12 years school education (Secondary School).  Proficiency certificate in most of the disciplines/ areas is almost phased out from TU and only Bachelor, Master's and PhD programme are in priority of TU campuses.  There are 100 courses at Bachelor’s level and 120 courses at Master’s level.  It also offers Ph.D. degree in different disciplines both at the Science and Technical Institutes and Faculties.  TU ran its programs only through its constituent campuses prior to 1980. But in 1980 TU gave affiliated colleges as well to run its programs.  Consequently now 1032 private and community affiliated colleges in the country.

CERID under Tribhuvan University has a long-established profile in literacy research and the Director, Prof. K.C. Sharma, is leading the proposed partnership.  Associate Prof. Dr. Sushan Acharya from Tribhuvan University (TU) contributes her strong research expertise in gender, literacy and non-formal education, including monographs published by UNESCO Kathmandu.


Dr. Sushan Acharya

Associate Professor, Central Department of Education

Tribhuvan University, Kirtipur



Dr. Ganesh Bahadur Singh is a Professor in Curriculum and Evaluation in the Faculty of Education at TU. He has contributed to several studies on assessment and teaching and learning practices in the Nepalese education system and has worked as a consultant for various organisations including the World Bank, UNESCO and UNDP. Currently, he is associated with the development and implementation of critical thinking methods in the Nepalese.


Dr. Sushan Acharya holds a Doctorate in Education (EdD) in International and Non-Formal Education (1999) and Masters in International and Non-Formal Education (1994) from Center for International Education (CIE), University of Massachusetts (UMass), Amherst, USA; and Masters in English Literature (1984) Tribhuvan University (TU), Kathmandu.  She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Foundation of Education and Department of Education Planning and Management of the Central Department of Education, Tribhuvan University. Sushan has undertaken a number of research, evaluation, reviews and consultancy projects in the field of education (both formal and non-formal) particularly focusing on gender and social inclusion.  She has published a number of articles on gender and social inclusion in the context of education in Nepal.

Dr. Peshal Khanal is an Associate Professor of Education in the Central Department of Education. His research focuses on educational decentralization, teacher management, community participation and culturally responsive schooling. Dr. Khanal has been involved in major policy research studies in Nepal including school performance and national assessment, school culture and school performance and professional development of teachers in community schools.





Hari Prasad Upadhyay, Associate Professor, CERID

After completion of a Masters in Economics from Tribhuvan University, Hari Upadhyaya joined CERID in 1987. He has coordinated many projects related to primary education, non-formal education and program evaluation in Nepal. He has also worked as a team member in developing national educational plans, and the strategic plan of Tribhuvan University. In the field of adult literacy and lifelong learning, his publications include a training manual and evaluation for Community Learning Centres, literacy survey report and articles on the ‘Concept of Community Learning Centre’ and ‘Literacy and Sustaining Literacy Skill’.