Based on the decision of the 11th Senate meeting held in Lumbini on August 14, 2019, LBU has decided to establish the School of Development Studies & Applied Sciences as one of the seven innovative initiatives to be incorporated in its domains. The establishment of the School is a part of the LBU Vision 2030 as stipulated in the Seven Initiatives.
Buddha’s teachings direct humans towards achieving the ultimate happiness. In Buddhism, development is interpreted as uplifting people in terms of spiritual and psychological needs upon securing the basic needs of a decent livelihood. Similarly, Buddhism recognizes the importance of fulfilling the minimum material needs for a decent living and seeks to eliminate poverty both material and spiritual. In Buddhism, moral issues are associated with material wealth, and the primary objective being poverty alleviation. It has been emphasized that it would be essential to address the issues of poverty prior to dealing with crimes. Thus, it is not just relevant but also essential to impart Buddhism in the overall development theories and practices.
The LBU’s School of Development Studies & Applied Sciences is to help create an ideal society having sustainable livelihood through environmentally friendly, economically vibrant, and ethically managed systems.
The mission is to develop academic programs of higher education suitable for professional careers as administrators, entrepreneurs, mobilizers, planners, policy-makers, researchers, or teachers in the fields of sustainable development, agroforestry & its allied subjects, and environmental management.
The proposed academic program will be based on the values of Buddhist philosophy as elaborated in Buddha’s explanations on four noble truths pertinent to the sufferings such as existence, causes, ending and remedies, and the noble eight-folded path of righteousness on View, Thought, Speech, Conduct, Livelihood, Effort, Mindfulness, and Concentration.
An objective of the programs is to run academic courses for 90 students at the rate of 30 in each program (development studies, agroforestry, and environmental studies) with the value-based knowledge, skills, and attitude based on the latest science & technology for serving the people to elevating their standard of living through social entrepreneurship as appropriate for their environment.