Academic Programs

Master in Development Studies (MDS)

Program Goal: Sustainable development in line with Buddhist concepts of Sheela sampanna sangha and shared prosperity with maitri (amity), karuna (compassion) and mudita (joy)

 Program Objective: Equip learners with knowledge, skill and attitude for independently conceptualizing, planning, implementing and evaluating sustainable development programs/projects based on Buddhist philosophy and applied sciences through innovative ideas for bringing positive changes in the people’s livelihood.

Course-List for MDS

  • DEVS 510 Basics of Economics
  • DEVS 511 Monastic Experience
  • DEVS 512 Buddhist Perspectives of Development
  • DEVS 513 Development Theories and Contemporary Issues
  • DEVS 514 Poverty and Inequality
  • DEVS 515 Research Methodology
  • DEVS 551 Development Field Experience
  • DEVS 552 Development Communication
  • DEVS 553 Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI)
  • DEVS 554 Conflict Management
  • DEVS 555 Development Project Management
  • DEVS 611 Outreach Program
  • DEVS 612 Governance and Role of the State
  • DEVS 613 Globalization, Value Chains and Trade
  • DEVS 614 Entrepreneurship Development
  • DEVS 615 Development Planning
  • DEVS 651 International Cooperation
  • DEVS 652 Thesis

Master in Agro-Forestry (MAF)

Program Goal: Development of economically viable Tapovana (meditation grove) in line with Buddhist philosophy and the universal goals of sustainable development

 Program Objective: Equip learners with knowledge, skill and attitude for independently conceptualizing, planning, implementing and evaluating agroforestry programs/projects based on Buddhist philosophy and applied sciences through innovative ideas for bringing positive changes in the people’s livelihood.

Course-List for MAF

  • AGFR 510 Basics of Agroforestry (Non-assessment course)
  • AGFR 511 Monastic Experiences
  • AGFR 512 Agroforestry for Sustainable Development
  • AGFR 513 Buddhism and Natural Resource Management
  • AGFR 514 Home/School Gardening
  • AGFR 515 Research Methodology in Agroforestry
  • AGFR 551 Agroforestry Farm Experience
  • AGFR 552 Geographical Information System
  • AGFR 553 Agroforestry Plan and Policy
  • AGFR 554 Agroforestry Extension Education
  • AGFR 555 Urban Forestry
  • AGFR 611 Outreach Program
  • AGFR 612 Integrated Pest Management
  • AGFR 613 Herbal Farming
  • AGFR 614 Agroforestry Products & Markets
  • AGFR 615 Agroforestry Cooperatives
  • AGFR 651 World Trade in Agroforestry
  • AGFR 652 Thesis

Master in Environmental Studies (MES)

Program Goal: Conservation of natural environment suitable for Buddha’s life and teachings and welfare of the people

 Program Objective: Equip learners with knowledge, skill and attitude for independently conceptualizing, planning, implementing and evaluating environmental programs/projects based on Buddhist philosophy and applied sciences through innovative ideas for bringing positive changes in the people’s livelihood.

Course-List for MES

  • ENVT 510 Basics of Environmental Science (Non-assessment course)
  • ENVT 511 Monastic Experience in Conservation
  • ENVT 512 Buddhist Perspectives of Environment
  • ENVT 513 Ecosystem Services
  • ENVT 514 Environmental Perspectives of Sustainable Development
  • ENVT 515 Research Methodology in Environmental Fields
  • ENVT 551 Environment Field Experience
  • ENVT 552 Geographical Information System
  • ENVT 553 Payment for Ecosystem Services
  • ENVT 554 Environment Education
  • ENVT 555 Natural Disasters
  • ENVT 611 Outreach Program
  • ENVT 612 Environmental Policy
  • ENVT 613 Environmental Planning
  • ENVT 614 Environmental Assessment (EA)
  • ENVT 615 Green Technology
  • ENVT 651 Globalization and Environment
  • ENVT 652 Thesis

Modalities

Learner-centered modalities offering modular approaches, independent studies, experiential learning, practical applications, research and others

Conceptual clarity by empowering learners in online/physical sessions facilitated by experienced faculties using Buddhist pedagogy such as open-air sessions

Practical/Applications giving exposures to learners for real-life applications of theories/concepts

Experiential learning opportunities for individual efforts under faculty’s supervision, as follows:

  • Monastic Experience (acquainted with Buddhist lifestyle)
  • Field Experience (exposure on projects/programs)
  • Outreach Program (serving the community)

Research knowledge, skill and attitude by testing ideas/tools in diverse fields for assignments, term-papers and thesis

Evaluation

Continuous evaluation of learners’ progress as tailored by faculties covering attendance, assignments, term papers and examinations

Course coverage 

In general, courses have been designed to cover 40% on concepts & theories pertinent to the subject matter, and 30% each on Nepal specific and regional/global contexts.

Admissions 

The minimum qualifications of learners for admissions will be as follows:

  • CGPA 2.5 or 50% aggregate in the four year undergraduate programs of any stream
  • CGPA 2.5 or 50% aggregate in the three year undergraduate programs of any stream, and 2 years of work experience in the relevant fields
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