Engineering Education in Nepal: Most Rewarding Course


What answer do you expect when you ask your children about their higher studies and aims? You will surely find a facile answer from them that they want to be either an engineer or a doctor, which consummately meets your expectation. This ubiquitous mindset indicates that engineering education has been given higher priorities in Nepal. However, in a developing country like Nepal, the country needs a large number of engineers for its infrastructural development. But the number of ingenious human resources from Nepal is disappearing in the various intervals of time.


Development is possible when the courses such as civil infrastructure, industry, hydropower, electronics, IT, etc. are imparted to the pupils keeping the spirit of country’s development at the apex level. Indeed, the universities and colleges in Nepal offer such courses in the varied subject areas. However, Nepal cannot go ahead in developmental work because of political instability. Ramesh Kumar Silwal, President of HISSAN and Chairman at Advanced Engineering College claims that Nepal will need more engineers for developmental work in future; as a result, our engineers will not be enough, so we will be compelled to recruit myriads engineers from foreign lands.


We have an enormous scope of engineering in Nepal regardless of threats. An excellent plus two graduate, who may serve the country as an engineer in the future, has been a victim of brain-drain in US, UK, Australia, Europe and so on. We have witnessed that victim of brain-drain hardly returns back to serve the country as a skilled engineer who has great responsibilities to reshape the infrastructure of the country.


Some of low-graded Indian universities and engineering colleges manipulate Nepalese students showing subsidized fees and other facilities; as a result, they manage to seduce them to get enrollments in Indian universities. Their fabricated promises eventually turn out to be specious resulting in dismal situations where those naïve students have to suffer perennially. ‘Mostly, Indian college representatives troll in Nepali swathes before the plus two results and take admissions, but the Nepal government is speechless against their illicit conducts’, says AECoN (Association of Engineering Colleges Nepal) chairperson. He adds, “We have raised our voices against the misconducts of those university authorities several times, but they have been neglected and overlooked by the Nepal government.”


In Nepal, a variety of engineering courses are offered by domestic universities and colleges. There are a total of 51 engineering institutions in Nepal that are affiliated to six domestic universities. The total students’ intake capacity of the entire colleges is about 8592 in fifteen different engineering disciplines. Out of 51 institutions, 32 institutions are in the Kathmandu valley whereas 19 colleges are beyond it.


IOE—Institute of Engineering (Pulchowk Engineering Campus), a constituent campus of Tribhuvan University, is the oldest and largest campus in Nepal, which offers an array of engineering programs. It runs six bachelor’s programs in the arena of engineering. Tribhuvan University has three other constituent engineering colleges: Western Regional Campus in Pokhara, Thapathali Campus in Kathmandu, and Eastern Regional Campus in Dharan. TU affiliate private engineering colleges are Advanced College of Engineering & Management, Kantipur Engineering College, Kathmandu Engineering College, Himalaya Engineering College, National College of Engineering, Kathford Int’l College of Engineering & Management, Janakpur Engineering College, Khwopa Engineering College, Sagarmatha Engineering College and Lalitpur Engineering College. Among TU affiliated engineering colleges, Kathmandu Engineering College is the largest engineering college that offers five BE programs for a total of 440 seats.


Pokhara University is the largest university in terms of BE programs since it runs nine engineering programs, and the second largest university with regard to its intakes in BE i.e. 2574.  Pokhara University School of Engineering, Lekhnath, Pokhara has been running programs in BE Civil and BE Electrical and Electronics. Moreover, Pokhara University has 13 affiliated private engineering colleges—Nepal Engineering College, Changunarayan, Bhaktapur; Oxford College of Engineering & Management, Gaindakot, Nawalparasi; Nepal College of Information Technology, Balkumari, Lalitpur; Everest Engineering College, Buddhanagar, Kathmandu; Cosmos College of Engineering & Management, Satdobato, Lalitpur; Lumbini Engineering College, Bhalbari, Rupandehi; Pokhara Engineering College, Phirke, Pokhara; Gandaki Engineering College, Lamachaur, Pokhara; United Technical College; Universal College of Science & Technology, Lalitpur; NAST, Dhangadhi; Rapti Engineering College, Ghorahi, Dang and College of Engineering, Nepalgunj, Banke. Amidst these PU associates, Nepal Engineering College is the oldest and largest engineering college.


Purbanchal University has one constituent engineering college that has been running BE Computer, BE Electronics and Communication and BE Architecture. It has seventeen affiliated engineering colleges: Khwopa Engineering College, Bhaktapur; ACME Engineering College, Sitapaila, Kathmandu; Kantipur City College, Kathmandu; Himalayan WhiteHouse College, Khumaltar, Lalitpur; CIT College, Tinkune, Kathmandu; Himalayan Institute  of Science & Technology, New Baneshwor, Kathmandu; Aryan School of Engineering, Mid Baneshwor, Kathmandu; Eastern Engineering College, Biratnagar; Hillside Engineering College, Koteshwor, Kathmandu; Morgan Engineering College, Basundhara, Kathmandu; Central College of Engineering, Janakpur.


Kathmandu University offers B.E. in Mechanical Engineering, B.E. in Electrical & Electronics, B.E. in Environmental Engineering, B.E. in Computer Engineering, B.E. in Geometrics Engineering, B.E. in Chemical Engineering, and B.Tech in Environmental Engineering. It has 305 seats in total. The Kathmandu University encompasses around ………..students.

Mid-Western University offers B.E. Civil and B.E. Computer whereas Far Western University runs B.E. Civil.


As far as students’ intake capacity is concerned there are Civil, Electronics & Communication, Computer, Electrical, Architecture, Electrical & Electronics, Information Technology, Mechanical, Software, Geometrics, Biomedical, Civil and Rural, Industrial, Environmental and Agriculture (15 disciplines) are available in Nepal. Civil Engineering is the most preferred and demanded discipline amongst all. It has the highest scope not only in Nepal but across the globe. But in real sense of developing a nation, Electrical and Electronics engineering are most essential for hydropower and other alternative sources of energy development, energy management, etc. IT or Computer or Software Engineering is equally important and more demanded as it is for the automaton of individual personal record keeping to the nation’s public service and e-governance. IT officers are highly demandable nowadays.


As government has made the policy of appointing an IT engineer in every village council and municipality, we will need more IT engineers in the future. If industrialization gets better in Nepal, then there would be the higher demand of computer and electronic engineers, too. Similarly, nowadays, every design work is given to the architectures, but civil engineers. So, the scope of engineering is increasing globally with the pace of time.


Parents are still in dilemma concerning their pursuit of a suitable engineering college in Nepal and abroad. Engineering courses require a range of fee structures ranging from 4,00,000 to 16,00,000 in Nepal and a foreign campus may charge up to 40,00,000. Many eye-catching advertisements in paper and electronic media have created confusions to decide on the best college for the engineering course. Many educational agents (educational consultancies) in Nepal are agglomerating day and night into one in order to manipulate and send students to Indian universities. Moreover, such agents try to persuade students describing bogus rewarding aspects of studying engineering in a developed country. They guarantee that studying in advanced countries bring far more opportunities to students than studying such course in Nepal.


Because of political instability, maelstrom and commotion, a large number of students try to experiment their fortune in foreign lands. As a result, the country is suffering a huge loss of brain drain. However, there are myriads students who still feel that they can secure an award-winning career upon completing the engineering course in Nepal. If students are interested in studying engineering courses in Nepal, they should acquire factual details of the institution they are going to study in.


In Nepal, about eight thousand students study engineering courses in Nepal, which is the available number of seats. Moreover, for the same course, around six to eight thousand students go to Indian universities and other universities across the globe. If we do not become sanguine enough to envisage the blatant future of the country because of an exodus of a large number of Nepalese students in foreign lands, we are sure to succumb to the crisis of adroit human resources that have a great role to develop the nation. In such a case neither the government and university nor the concerned authorities have pondered this abysmal fate of Nepal which is drooping over its economical development. On one hand, the underpinning factor of the country, youths, are becoming expats in foreign lands; on the other hand, millions of Nepali currency has slipped from our hands. Therefore, we have to join our hands to promote Nepali education and harness the unauthorized intruders that are emasculating the spark of award-winning education that can be attained in Nepali swathes.


UniversityTotal CollegesTotal IntakesTotal Programs
Tribhuvan University1429688
Pokhara University1525749
Purbanchal University182553
Kathmandu University23056
Far Western University1481
Mid-Western University11441

Intake Capacity Discipline Wise

Electronics & Communication1641
Electrical & Electronics300
Information Technology192
Civil & Rural48


Tibhuvan University

IOE, Central Campus, Pulchowk (432)

BE Civil-192, BE Electrical-48, BE Electronics & Communication-48, BE Computer-48, BE Mechanical-48, BE Agriculture-48


Western Regional Campus, Pokhara (384)

BE Civil-144, BE Electronics & Communication-48, BE Electrical-48, BE Computer-48, BE Mechanical-48, BE Geo-matics-48


Thapathali Campus, Thapathali (288)

BE Civil-96, BE Electronics & Communication-48, BE Auto Mobile-48, BE Industrial-48, BE Architecture-48


Eastern Regional Campus, Dharan (384)

BE Civil-96, BE Electronics & Communication-48, BE Agriculture-48, BE Computer-48, BE Architecture-48, BE Mechanical-48, BE Electrical-48


Advanced College of Engineering & Management, Kupondole (346)

BE Civil-120, BE Electronics & Communication-80, BE Computer-106, BE Electrical-40


Kantipur Engineering College, Kalimati (308)

BE Civil-88, BE Electronics & Communication-88, BE Computer-132


Himalaya Engineering College, Lalitpur (234)

BE Civil-96, BE Electronics & Communication-48, BE Computer-66, BE Architecture-24


National College of Engineering, Lalitpur (250)

BE Civil-96, BE Electronics & Communication-53, BE Computer-53, BE Electrical-48


Kathford Int’l College of Engineering & Management, Balkumari (176)

BE Civil-96, Electronics & Communication-48, Computer-48


Janakpur Engineering College, Janakpur (192)

BE Civil-96, BE Electronics & Communication-48, Computer-48


Khwopa Engineering College, Bhaktapur (144)

BE Civil-96, Electrical-48


Sagarmatha Engineering College, Lalitpur (96)

BE Civil-48, BE Electronics & Communication-48


Lalitpur Engineering College, Patan (48)

BE Civil-48


Kathmandu University

School of Engineering, Kavre (395)

BE in Civil Engineering (Hydropower)-60, BE in Mechnical Engineering-60, BE in Electrical & Electronics (Power/Com.)-60, BE in Environmental Engineering-35, BE in Computer Engineering-60, BE in Geometrics Engineering-30, BE in Chemical Engineering-30, B.Tech in Environmental Engineering-35


Pokhara University

Pokhara University School of Engineering, Lekhnath, Pokhara

BE Civil-, BE Electrical & Electronics-


Nepal Engineering College, Changunarayan, Bhaktapur

BE Civil, BE IT, BE Computer, BE Electronics & Communication, BE in rural Engineering, BE Architecture, BE Electrical & Electronics


Oxford College of Engineering & Management

BE Computer, BE Civil, BCA, BE  in Electrical & Electronics


Nepal College of Information Technology, Balkumari, Lalitpur

BE Civil, BE Computer, BE Software, BE IT, BE Electronics & Communication


Everest Engineering College, Buddhanagar, Kathmandu

BE Computer, BE Electronics & Communication


Cosmos College of Engineering & Management, Satdobato, Lalitpur

BE Civil, BE Computer, BE IT, BE Electronics & Communication


Lumbini Engineering College, Bhalbari, Rupandehi

BE Computer, BE Civil, BE Electronics & Communication


Pokhara Engineering College, Phirke, Pokhara

BE Civil, BE Computer, BE Electronics & Communication


Gandaki Engineering College, Lamachaur, Pokhara

BE in Software Engineering


United Technical College

BE Civil, BE Electronics & Communication


Universal College of Science & Technology, Lalitpur

BE Civil


NAST, Dhangadhi

BE Civil, BE Computer


Purbanchal University

Purbanchal University Engineering College, Biratnagar

BE Computer, BE Electronics & Communication, BE Architecture


Khwopa Engineering College, Bhaktapur

BE Civil, BE Electronics & Communication, B Arch


ACME Engineering College, Sitapaila, Kathmandu

BE Computer, BE Civil, BE Electronics & Communication, B.Arch


Kantipur City College

BE Computer, BE Electronics & Communication, BE Civil


Himalayan WhiteHouse College, Khumaltar, Lalitpur

BIT, BE Computer, BE Civil, BE Electronics & Communication


CIT College, Tinkune, Kathmandu

BIT, BCA, BE Electronics & Communication, BE Computer


Himalayan Institute  of Science & Technology, New Baneshwor, Kathmandu

BE Civil, BE Electronics & Communication


Aryan School of Engineering, Mid Baneshwor, Kathmandu

BE Civil

Eastern Engineering College, Biratnagar

BE Civil, BE Computer, BE Electronics & Communication


HIlside Engineering College, Koteshwor, Kathmandu

BE Civil, BE Electrical


Morgnan Engineeing College, Basundhara, Kathmandu

BE Civil, BE Electrical


Central College of Engineering, Janakpur

BE Civil, BE Computer


Mid-western University

School of Engineering, Surkhet

BE Civil, BE Computer


Far Western University

School of Engineering, Mahendranagar

BE Civil


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