Research

FIELD EXPERIENCE

Field study is a part and parcel of the academic programs of the College.  Each semester, students together with faculties conduct field studies in various parts of the country, and explore pertinent issues related to the courses being discussed in the classrooms.  At the end of field trips, students present their findings to a wider audience consisting of faculty members, classmates as well as guests.
During the field studies, students undertake various research tasks under the guidance of the faculties and the local resource persons.  The tasks include field observation, household survey, focus group discussion, interviews, interactive meetings, consultations etc.  The field sites include some of the significant locations and institutions such as:

•      Built landscapes (towns, villages, highways, canals, dams)
•      Sensitive sites (customs, depots, immigration, dry ports, hydropower stations, factories
•      Demonstration and research stations (drinking water, garden, horticulture, knowledge park, livestock farms, museum, visitors center, zoo etc)               
•      National parks, conservation areas, buffer zones, community forests
•      Natural landscapes (rivers, mountain tops, caves, gorges, cliffs)
•      Shrines, heritage sites

Along with the learning opportunities, students get the life experience of trekking, homestay, local hospitality, exotic food, cultural values as well as exposures to diverse climatic conditions and geographical landscapes.  The motivated students also get opportunities of learning and testing various skills such as photography, bird watching, field identification and  social works etc.

The districts that are generally covered during field studies include:
Bara, Bhaktapur, Chitwan, Dhading, Dolakha, Gorkha, Kabhre-Palanchok, Kaski, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Lamjung, Makawanpur, Nawalparasi, Nuwakot, Palpa, Rasuwa, Parsa, Rupandehi, Sindhupalchok, Syangja and Tanahun. 

PROJECT WORKS

In the 4th year-2nd semester, students have to individually prepare research proposals on social, economical and financial development related issues, related to the courses they have studied. They have to defend their research proposals in front of the Research Committee. Once, research proposals are approved, students will collect data for their research works. Individual project work guide (Supervisor) will be assigned from the college for assisting students in their research.  At the end of the project, students will have to write a scientific report in a thesis format, and make scientific presentation in front of Evaluation Committee.

The project work documents have been highly appreciated so far by the respective experts.  Moreover, project works have been instrumental for the students to get better opportunities for their higher education and professional career.

VOLUNTARY WORKS

Students are encouraged to participate in voluntary works at various social and development organizations while still not hampering their academic endeavors. From time to time, the College itself calls for such opportunities in various academic and ECA activities.