Bachelor of Development Studies | PU (Pokhara)

With the aim of producing professionals in the field of social engineering, Pokhara University (PU) introduced the Bachelor in Development Studies program in 2010 A.D. This program is a multidisciplinary branch of social science that addresses the emerging challenges of the 21st century. It delves into critical global issues such as governance, inequality, poverty, human rights, debt reduction, HIV/AIDS, ecology, conflict, health, environment, and gender rights.

The Bachelor in Development Studies program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of international development processes and global relations. It encompasses both theoretical and practical elements, allowing them to gain practical insights into the complexities of development issues. Through Bachelor in Development Studies program, candidates develop their knowledge and skills to analyze, address, and contribute to the field of development studies.

By studying Bachelor in Development Studies, freshers have the opportunity to explore the diverse aspects of development and gain a deeper understanding of the social, economic, and environmental challenges facing societies worldwide. The program equips them with the necessary tools to critically analyze and propose solutions to these complex issues.

Objectives of Bachelor of Development Studies

Pokhara University (PU) offers the Bachelor in Development Studies program with the aim of producing highly skilled professionals, social workers, community planners, researchers, and academic enthusiasts who can make significant contributions in government and non-governmental sectors. Bachelor in Development Studies program is designed to achieve several key objectives for students which are described as follows:

  • Interdisciplinary Knowledge: Provide  knowledge in various fields such as economics, geography, sociology, education, accounting, and management, enabling them to understand the multifaceted nature of development studies.
  • Promoting Inclusive Democratic Society: Foster the promotion of Nepal as an inclusive democratic society by addressing fundamental social discrimination and inequalities, and promoting social justice and equality.
  • Analytical Skills and Methods:  To equip analytical skills and research methods to study and understand the contextual factors that shape development processes and outcomes.
  • Practical Skills Development: Develop practical skills through project works and field studies, enabling them to apply their knowledge to real-world development challenges.
  • Cultivating Research Culture: Foster a culture of scientific research in various locations, encouraging to conduct research and contribute to the knowledge and understanding of development issues.
  • Planning and Execution: Qualify them to develop plans and actively participate in the execution of plans, as well as monitor and evaluate their outcomes.
  • Practical Training: Provide practical training in areas such as planning techniques, strategies, and project implementation.

By focusing on these objectives, the Bachelor in Development Studies program aims to produce graduates who are well-equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills, and practical experience to contribute effectively to the field of development studies and make a positive impact on society.

Admission Requirements in Bachelor of Development Studies

  • Admissions open in August, following the publication of results by the Higher Secondary Examination Board (HSEB). To be eligible for this degree, cadidates must have completed grade 12 or another intermediate level from colleges, universities, or boards recognized by Pokhara University (PoU).
  • Candidates are selected based on merit lists.
  • Interested candidates must attend the entrance examination conducted by the School of Development and Social Engineering.
  • Scholarships are awarded by Pokhara University (PU) to 20 percent of the total applicants in each intake.

Career and Scope

The major areas for the careers in this program are government departments like local governance, governmental and non-governmental projects, and international departments and organizations including INGOs, UN agencies, and bilateral agencies. Additionally, there is a high prospect of studying inside or outside the country, as well as pursuing international internships in public health.

Some examples of jobs for candidates with Bachelor in Development Studies degree are:

  • SocialAdvisor
  • Social workers
  • Community planners
  • Development Coordinator
  • Researcher
  • Academic enthusiast

Ongoing Admission
Contact Form