School of Development and Social Engineering (SDSE) which was established to run the constituent programs of Pokhara University under the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is established with a vision of the “Development Leadership for the Future”. It has the mission to develop itself as the Centre of Excellence in development and social areas of higher education and aims to teach, learn and research the philosophy, theories, and practices of development and society as well as to provide training on development and societal transformation.
The School aims to produce junior, mid-, and expert level human resources that are capable to provide leadership to contemporary development and enabling society and the nation to achieve the desired end of sustainable development and social justice.
Both society and development take the path of evolution and their studies and stock of knowledge take a scientific approach, i.e. achieving intellectual insights, technical know-how, and practical skills needed for the dynamic structure, process, and behavior of development and society through understanding, observation, and experiment. Thus the study of development and society has brought the immense stock of knowledge from economics, geography, natural and environmental sciences, sociology and anthropology, law, management, and political science into contemporary focus on development and social engineering, to address the future need of the professional, academic and entrepreneurial human resources for development and societal transformation.
The overall objective of the School programs is to culminate in the knowledge and skills in the interdisciplinary study areas of development and society. Specifically the School aims:
- to enable students and researchers to understand the philosophy, theories, and concepts of development and society;
- to enable students and trainees to learn the skills and to practice the methods and techniques of policy formulation, planning and implementation for sustainable development and societal transfiguration;
- to train students, researchers, and trainees to fulfill the demand of professional human resources required for local, sub-national, national, and international development;
- to train students, researchers, and trainees to fulfill the demand of academic human resources required for higher education, research and training;
- to develop among students, researchers, and trainees effective leadership qualities for managing the development and societal transfiguration;
- to educate graduates, researchers, and trainees to undertake leadership roles at all functional levels of development, that is local, sub-national (sub-regional and regional), national, and international as well as formal levels of development colloquially known as village/municipality, sub-district, district, regional/provincial/ state, central/national and global/international; and
- to develop a Centre of Excellence and academia for development and society.
The planning and Program Division (PPD) is set up under the Office of the Vice-Chancellor of Pokhara University (PU). The PU appoints the chief of the PPD who is responsible to work as the member-secretary of the various committees that are formed for supervision, evaluation, and monitoring of both constituent and affiliated colleges of PU. Monitoring and supervising the affiliated and constituent colleges, their programs, and operations are the major activities of this division. It maintains the records of important information about academic programs and infrastructures of the colleges. It is the university’s designated body to examine whether or not the colleges have been operating properly under the university’s policies, rules, and directives. An important task of PPD is to make recommendations to the Vice Chancellor, Executive Council, and Academic Council for proving affiliation to the new colleges and additional programs to the existing colleges. Precisely, the PPD plays a key role in preparing plans, developing programs, and accomplishing the university’s goals and objectives in coordination with the Vice Chancellor, Registrar, Deans, and other authorities of the university.
Pokhara Metropolitan City-30, Khudi, Dhungepatan, Kaski, Nepal
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