Pokhara University (PoU) was founded in 1997 through the enactment of the Pokhara University Act, 1997.The central office of the university is located in the Western Development Region, approximately 13 km east of Pokhara city.. Similar to Purbhanchal University, Pokhara University was formed as part of the government's policy for better higher education. The respected Prime Minister and Minister of Education serve as the Chancellor and Pro-Chancellor, respectively. The Vice-Chancellor and Principal Executive Officer of the university are appointed by the Chancellor of Pokhara University. Similarly, a registrar is appointed to assist them in financial management and general administration. Pokhara University operates with government funds and the turnover income from affiliated colleges. It is a non-profit institution. Under Pokhara University, Bachelor's degree programs are four years long, extended over eight semesters, and Master's degrees are two years long, consisting of four semesters. The M.Phil degree is a one and a half-year program, comprising three semesters.
The faculties provided by Pokhara University are:
Pokhara University Heads:
Vision/Mission of Pokhara University:
The university believes that quality education is essential to bring about changes in the nation's human resources. The vision is to be a leader in promoting higher education through qualitative education, health, and community development/services. The institution aims to become a center of excellence in higher education by enhancing teaching, learning, and research activities to produce job market-driven, responsible, productive, and committed human resources. The vision/mission can be divided into long-term and short-term goals by pursuing excellence and quality in all aspects of the university's activities and services, managing economic challenges, and planning for future development.
Since 1996, Pokhara University has initiated various academic activities as guided by the government's act. The major function is to produce skilled and professional human resources necessary for national development by providing quality education. To meet these requirements, the university has developed four constituent schools for bachelor's and master's degrees. The university also offers programs in collaboration with 49 academic institutions under PoU affiliation for bachelor's, master's, M.Phil, and Ph.D. degrees.
The university offers different scholarship programs with reserved seats for Dalit, Indigenous, Remote areas, Disabled, Martyrs, etc. Additionally, 50% of the scholarships have been reserved for women in both the open and reserved categories (this may vary according to the university's scholarship policy at any time). To be eligible for a scholarship program, students must meet the criteria set by the university.