- “Tunnel Engineering” faculty to be added in Pulchowk & Paschimanchal Campus.
- Gandaki State allocates Rs. 10 lakh for R&D of “Tunnel Engineering” course.
- The number of students to enroll is set to 20.
- Classes are scheduled to start from the upcoming academic session.
Tunnel Engineering is one of the important factors for the development of Nepal. With the increasing need for a tunnel route in Nepal, Tribhuvan University, Pulchowk and Western Campus under the Institute of Engineering studies, are preparing to include ‘Tunnel Engineering’ faculty. Pulchowk. Western Campus has formed a study committee to investigate the feasibility, curriculum, educational program and expertise of tunnel science as a separate program for the graduate level. Both campuses are scheduled to start classes from the upcoming academic session.
The University of Warwick in Britain and NTNU in Norway are set to help in the completion of the curriculum for Pulchowk University. Gyanendralal Shrestha, chairman of the ‘Nepal Tunneling Association’, said that one hundred engineers from various engineering groups working on the tunnel route were affiliated to the association.
Both Pokhara and Pulchowk are planning to enroll 20/20 number of students, according to Kantipur News. The board of the study committee has notified that those students who graduated in Civil Engineering will be able to graduate in ‘Rock and Tunnel Engineering’. This is still in progress as it should be approved by the Dean’s Office, Faculty Board, Subject Committee and Council of Education.
The Gandaki state government has allocated a budget of Rs 10 lakh to Western Campus for research and development of the “Tunnel Engineering” course. According to Campus Chief of Western Regional Campus, Ram Prasad Poudel, a three-member committee has been formed in coordination with Assistant Campus Head (Administration) Nirmal Prasad Baral for tunnel engineering studies at the postgraduate level. They will be conducting the workshops on Kartik 15 and 16 with the help of experts from Tribhuvan, Kathmandu, Pokhara University and Norwegian University for Science and Technology (NTNU). On the other hand, Pulchowk Campus has formed a five-member committee.