POKHARA: Paschimanchal Campus which is located at Lamachaur, Pokhara is preparing to set up a course on tunnel engineering. The college is affiliated to Tribhuvan University and the course is included in master level.
The campus chief, Mr. Ram Prasad Poudel said that the course starts from the next academic session with support from Gandaki Province government and Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). According to him, the course is included in the bachelor’s of civil engineering, but the tunnel engineering course was not included in the master’s level. However, the curriculum has been already prepared.
The college planned a “two-day conference” to take suggestions from experts on the issue on Friday and Saturday. Mr. Poudel said- “The suggestions from the experts will be incorporated in the curriculum. The proposed curriculum includes courses on tunnel design, geographical structure, construction, re-construction and security, among others.”
Similarly, Coordinator of Civil Engineering course at the Institute of Engineering (IOE), Prof Dr. Narendra Man Shakya said that the campus has already approved the proposed curriculum so the courses will start from the next academic session.”A total of 40 students will be enrolled for the course at the Kathmandu-based Pulchowk Engineering Campus and Paschimanchal Campus.” – He added.
Likewise, Prof Dr. Krishna Kanta Panthi assumed that the university is preparing to start courses in cooperation with engineering colleges. “The university will help to develop the curriculum, and establish laboratory and classrooms, among others,”- He mentioned.
Mr. Poudel said that the tunnel engineering course will be helpful to produce skilled manpower in the country. The college is preparing to start the course as there is a crisis of skilled manpower within the country and the government has also kept the construction of tunnel way at top priority.
The Gandaki Province has allocated Rs.1 million for the current fiscal year plans and policies to start the tunnel engineering course.
Source: The Republica