Central Department of Population Studies, Tribhuvan University

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    Central Department of Population Studies, Tribhuvan University
    Established on: 1998.0

    T.U. established the Central Department of Population Studies (CDPS) in 1988. Council. Since 1990, the United Nations Population Fund has provided limited funding to CDPS (UNFPA). It has grown and evolved for over 30 years, contributing considerably to the nation's population dynamics. The Department also serves as a hub for training and research for government organizations such as the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP). It has also worked with several other sectoral ministries and policy-making and planning organizations. It is expected that CDPS will continue to expand in response to the country's changing needs for research and training and eventually emerge as a prominent research and training institution in South Asia.

    Tribhuvan University provides ongoing assistance to the Department. From 1990 through 2007, CDPS received UNFPA support, including physical infrastructure. It has also served as a UNFPA implementing partner for the operations of the Seventh Country Program (2013-2017) and the Eighth Country Program (2018-2022). The Department for International Development (DFID) also provided technical assistance to CDPS to strengthen institutional ties with the Centre for Population Studies (CPS), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The International Labour Organization (ILO), the World Bank, and the British Council/DFID have all provided consistent financing for small and medium-scale research and curriculum planning.

    The offered programs are:

    • MA in Population Studies
    • Ph.D. in Population Studies
    • MPhil in Population Studies


    • The primary goal of CDPS is to strengthen national capacity for population and development training, research, and policy analysis. The precise objectives are:
    • To improve the country's pool of human resources trained in population studies at the Master of Arts, Master of Philosophy, and Doctor of Philosophy levels. The trained human resources will have the essential analytical abilities to support governments at the federal, provincial, and local stories in their efforts to manage population and integrate population into planning and design.
    • To provide introductory and specialized short-term training to elected officials of the Government of Nepal and Tribhuvan University Campuses where population studies are taught, as well as officials from concerned NGOs, in their capacity as planners, educators, trainers, or providers of social services.
    • To execute substantial research and policy analysis projects at the request of the Nepalese government, the United Nations, and its specialized agencies to assist these organizations in developing their policy initiatives and implementing and monitoring their programs.
    • To explain Nepal's population management and development concerns by arranging discussions, seminars, and workshops at the national, provincial, and local levels, gathering policymakers, practitioners, community leaders, technical experts, and researchers.
    • To provide professional advisory services to the Nepalese government, provincial and municipal governments, the United Nations and its specialized agencies, I/NGOs, and the commercial sector, including Nepalese communities.
    • To raise awareness of the country's population, poverty, and development challenges, as well as their interrelationships with human development, via the publication of evidence-based research, technical papers, seminar sessions, instructional aids, and other resources.
    • To collaborate and network with other institutions in Nepal and worldwide.
    • Establish and interact with other universities and educational institutes to enhance the population and improve academic work.

    University Highlights

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    Tuition Fees

    2-5 lakhs


    Students are chosen based on their past academic success and the potential exhibited by their admission exams.

    Application Process

    Applicants can apply for admission to the college in two ways: online or by visiting the college.

    Documents/Qualification required for Admission

    Academic Documents

    • SLC Mark sheet
    • School Leaving Certificate
    • SLC Character Certificate
    • Transcript of 12th-grade
    • Individual Mark sheet of 12th-grade
    • Character Certificate of 12th-grade
    • Provisional Certificate of 12th-grade
    • Migration Certificate of 12th-grade

    For Masters, include the following:

    • Transcript of Bachelor's Degree of 12th-grade
    • Individual Mark sheets of Bachelor's Degree of 12th-grade
    • Character Certificate of Bachelor Degree of 12th-grade
    • Provisional Certificate of Bachelor Degree in 12th-grade
    • Migration Certificate of Bachelor Degree of 12th-grade

    Qualification Requirements

    • Prospective MPhil students must hold an MA in Population Studies or Demography with at least a second division from Tribhuvan University (TU) or another university recognized by TU. An entrance examination is used to assess applicants for admission.
    • Prospective MA in Population Studies candidates must hold a Bachelor's degree in any field accepted by Tribhuvan University. An entrance examination is used to assess students for admission.


    Where is the Central Department of Population Studies, Tribhuvan University, located?

    The college is conveniently located on TU premises, Kirtipur Kathmandu, Nepal.

    Does the college provide scholarships to students?

    Yes, the college does provide scholarships to students. The students are selected based on their previous academic performance and the potential demonstrated by their entrance examinations. 

    How long is the course Ph.D. in Population Studies?

    In conjunction with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of Tribhuvan University, the Central Department of Population Studies (CDPS) provides a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in Population Studies. PhDs must be finished within 3-5 years.

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