FACULTY AND THE STUDENTS WORKING TOGETHER FOR KNOWLEDGE GENERATION

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    The academic environment at National College gives enough space and opportunity for faculty and students to work together for knowledge generation. One of such platforms is the regular field visits in each semester to different parts of the country. Faculties and students come together for the planning of the field, site identification and designing the research tools. In the field visits, students explore pertinent issues related to the courses being discussed in the classrooms.

    At the end of such 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. In doing so, at the end of the course, our students become well equipped with the research, report writing and presentation skills.

    The field sites include some of the significant locations 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, museums, 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 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. Many students end up conducting their final year Project Works in these sites as they become familiar with the place and people.

    The districts that are generally covered during the field studies include:Bara, Baglung, Bhaktapur, Chitwan, Dhading, Dhanusha, Dolakha, Gorkha, Kabhre-Palanchok, Kaski, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Lamjung, Mahottari, Makawanpur, Nawalparasi East and West, Nuwakot, Palpa, Parbat, Parsa, Rasuwa, Rupandehi, Rautahat, Sindhupalchok, Syangja, Tanahun, Sindhuli, and Sarlahi.