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Far Western University: A Herald in Higher Education Pursuits

Far Western University (FWU) was established in 2010 under the Act of Parliament as a government funded university.  The advent of the university is the efficacy of a decade-long struggle of the people of Far Western Region. The central office of the university is located in Bhimdatta Municipality of Kanchanpur district. FWU has been striving to fulfill its responsibilities of making higher education accessible to the people of this region since its inception. It has been preparing students with the concept of developing this place as a global village.

Far Western University is an outcome after merging Siddhanath Multiple Campus into its administration. The university offers an array of courses based on seven faculties covering different academic areas. However, immediate priority of the university was to begin with four faculties (Humanities and Social Sciences, Education, Management, and Science and Technology). The university offers undergraduate and graduate programs in different subjects under these four faculties. All the undergraduate courses of the university are of four years or based on eight-semester system except BBS program. Now, the university has commenced five different faculties: Humanities and Social Science, Education, Management, Science and Technology, and Engineering. At present, it administers its academic programs only from the central campus; however, it is intending to develop 21 institutions as constituent campuses soon.

FACULTY OF HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCE:

Faculty of Humanities & Social Science has been running graduate and undergraduate programs with the variety of course choices. It offers undergraduate programs in nine subjects: Economics, History, Geography, Rural Development, English, Sociology, Mass Communication, Nepali, etc. and graduate programs in three subjects: English, Rural Development and Sociology. A total of 300 students are studying here.

Undergraduate Level: BA

Graduate Level: MA

FACULTY OF EDUCATION:

The faculty of Education is the leading faculty that offers an array of course choices. It runs graduate and undergraduate programs in different subjects—English, Nepali, Health CPL, Mathematics and B.Ed. CSIT are offered as undergraduate programs. The most globally demanding subject of English as TESOL has also been running in graduate level. The faculty has started the concept of producing multi-dimensional teachers by teaching them fundamental courses along with their content courses. This is a new concept in the present context of Nepal. As many as 1400 students are studying here.

Undergraduate Level: B.Ed., B.Ed. CSIT

Graduate Level: M.Ed., M.Ed. TESOL

 

FACULTY OF MANAGEMENT

Faculty of Management of Far Western University is the most demanded course in the present scenario. It offers graduate and undergraduate programs with semester system except for BBS program. It is running BBA, BBS in undergraduate level courses whereas in graduate level, it is running MBM (Master of Business Management). About 1500 students are part of these courses.

Undergraduate Level: BBS, BBA

Graduate Level: MBM

FACULTY OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Faculty of Science & Technology of Far Western University offers B.Sc., B.Sc. Computer Science and Information Technology (CIST). Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, and Environmental Science are offered in B.Sc. level. A total of 560 students are studying here.

Undergraduate Level: B.Sc., B.Sc.CSIT

 

FACULTY OF ENGINEERING

Faculty of Engineering of Far Western University offers Bachelor in Civil Engineering. Out of 48 seats, 24 seats are student-funded whereas remaining 24 seats are facilitated with full scholarship. Out of 24 full scholarships, nine quotas have been separated for nine districts like Kailali, Kanchanpur, Baitadi, Dadheldhura, Darchula, Doti, Achham, Bajang and Bajura. The entrance topper from each district will get such a scholarship. Moreover, students belonging to socially excluded population like Dalits, freed-Kamaiyas, freed Haliya, Janajatis, disabled, students from underprivileged communities and remote areas will be given 15 free scholarships. Currently, a total of 160 students are studying BE Civil.

Undergraduate Level: BE in Civil

 

The semester system is world-class which helps students to boost up their career potentialities to be competent in global scenario. This system is totally learner-centered. Each learner is asked to do assignment which is three times more than school hours, which eventually leads them to perfection. Except BBS program, all the undergraduate and graduate programs are semester-wise.

 

Currently, the university encompasses as many as 3991 students in different faculties. According to the source of the university, currently, 3511 students are studying in bachelor’s level whereas 480 students are in master’s level. Similarly, there are 113 teaching and 60 administrative staff members. Since the university is in the initial phase of its establishment, the number of students and faculty will increase in the successive semesters.

Now, the university has incorporated fifteen constituent campuses like Kailali Multiple Campus, Dhangadhi, Jaya Prithvi Multiple Campus, Bajang, Bajura Multiple Campus, Bajura, Jagannath Multiple Camppus, Baitadi, Patan Multiple Campus, Patan, Baitadi, Gakuleshwar Multiple Campus, Gakuleshwor, Darchula, Darchula Multiple Campus, Khalanga, Darchula, Janata Multiple Campus, Achham, Triveni Multiple Campus, Dadheldhura, Sitaram Multiple Campus, Doti, Manilekh Multiple Campus, Baitadi, Tikapur Multiple Campus, Tikapur, Kailali, Durga Laxmi Multiple Campus, Kailali, Badi Malika Campus, Bajura, and Ghanteshwor Seti Mahakali Multiple Campus, Doti. After the inclusion of these institutions as constituent campuses, the numbers of students will reach above 20,000 and teaching and non teaching staff 444, which bolsters that Far Western University is the second largest university in terms of strengths of constituent campuses after Tribhuvan University.

 

In the present context of Nepal, the university has succumbed to political interferences and influence that are dropping over its administration as conundrums. Such malpractices lead the university to academic derailment. Therefore, while adding new programs or giving new affiliation to colleges, we should think, discuss and decide on the matter scrupulously in order to overcome all these academic impediments. In the same way, if we want progressive development of the university, all the office bearers, political party leaders and stake holders should work together for a common cause—delivery of award-winning education at local level.

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