Tribhuvan University

Coordinates: 27°40′55″N 85°17′11″E / 27.68184°N 85.28646°E / 27.68184; 85.28646

Tribhuvan University
त्रिभुवन विश्वविद्यालय

Tribhuvan University logo
(blue and red hexagram)
Type Public
Established 1959 (2016 B.S.)
Chancellor Prime Minister of Nepal
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Tirtha Raj Khaniya[1]
Academic staff
7,049 professorial faculty
5607 other faculty[2]
Students 604,437[3]
Location Kathmandu, Nepal
Campus Kirtipur

Tribhuvan University (TU, Nepali: त्रिभुवन विश्वविद्यालय) is a public university in Kirtipur, Kathmandu, Nepal. Established in 1959, TU is the oldest university in Nepal.[4] In terms of enrollment, it is the ninth largest university in the world.

The university provides undergraduate and graduate education. More than 4,400 courses are offered, of which 500 are for intermediate-level courses (equivalent to higher secondary school), 2,079 are for undergraduate and 2,000 are for postgraduate programs. As of September 2014, the university has 88 constituent campuses and 1,033 affilaited colleges across the country.[5] Since it is government financed, it is less expensive than private universities.


Established under the TU Act in 1959, Tribhuvan University is the oldest and largest university in Nepal. The university was named after late King Tribhuvan. In its early years, all the postgraduate classes were held at Tripureshwor Campus. The administrative office was also located in Tripureshwor. It was only in 1967 that the university was relocated to its main campus in Kirtipur – an ancient town about 5 km south-west of the city of Kathmandu. The university at Kirtipur, which spreads over an area of 154.77 hectares, constitutes the Central Administrative Office and the Central Campus.[6]

TU marked its golden jubilee in 2009 organizing programmes.


Tribhuvan University Administrative Building

Since its inception, the state-owned university has expanded its programmes. There are five technical institutes and four general faculties. The university offers 115 courses for the technical proficiency certificate level. TU offers 1079 courses at Bachelor's level and 1000 courses at Master’s level. It offers Ph.D. degrees in the technical institutes and faculties.

TU ran its programmes only through its constituent campuses before 1980. With the increasing number of students wanting higher education, it was not possible to accommodate all the students in the constituent campuses. This situation led to the establishment of colleges in the private sector because the constituent campuses alone could not meet the demand. From 1979–80, TU started providing affiliation to private colleges. Across the country, 826 private colleges have received TU affiliations.

In the 2014–2015 academic session 4,05,341 students were enrolled in TU academic programmes. 1,48,141 (36.55%) students study in its 60 constituent campuses including 38 central departments, while 2,57,200 (63.45%) students study in 1,053 affiliated colleges.[7]

TU has 7,841 teaching faculty and 7,413 non-teaching staff including the support staff in its constituent campuses. The number of total employees is 15,254.[8]


There are five institutes at the university:

Faculties and associated central departments

There are four faculties and a total of 38 associated central departments at the university:[6]

Constituent campuses

The list of constituent campuses of Tribhuvan University includes:[9]

Eastern Development Region

Central Development Region (Out of Kathmandu Valley)

Central Development Region (Inside Kathmandu Valley)

Western Development Region

Mid-Western Development Region

Far-Western Development Region

jagannath multiple campus (baitadi) krishna snatak campus (darchula) gokuleswar multiple campus ( darchula) mahakali multiple campus (kanchanpur)


TU is government financed but still an autonomous organization.[2] The head of the government, the prime minister, is its chancellor.


Tribhuvan University has five decision-making bodies:




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