Gandaki University Launches The First Ever ‘Bachelor in Sports Management’ in Nepal

Keshav Pathak/Pokhara
Gandaki University, established by the Gandaki Province Government, has incorporated the course “Bachelors in Sports Management”. The Chancellor of the University, Prof. Dr. Ganeshman Gurung says ‘’The course will be of four-years degree with eight semesters”. The newly appointed Chancellor further added “Sport is very essential means for the positive social change in modern society. It plays a vital role to inspire and engage our youth for the prosperity of the nation,” “But this is true that we are lacking behind in this matter, therefore, we have considered it in priority” he clarified.

Chancellor Prof. Dr. Gameshman Gurung
Chancellor Prof. Dr. Gameshman Gurung

 Prof. Gurung also shared his joy for the significant attention of the Chief Minister and the Minister of Economic Affairs and Planning in this regard. “Our objective is to make this course an international standard so that the foreign students also can come and study it” he added.

The University is vigorously working to finalize the land and preparing the infrastructure. Currently 180 Ropanis of land in ‘Syaal Taharo’ in Pokhara Metropolitan Ward No. 32, 35 Ropanis in ‘Malepatan’ and 136 Ropanis in ‘Swato’ have been identified. Beside these, a lot of software work has been completed during this lock down period. The courses are supposed to start from October/November session this year.

Curriculum Coordinator Dr. Prakash Pradhan, PhD in Sports Science from the University of Levzig, Germany, said that it was a matter of pride to start Sports subjects first time ever in the history of Nepal in undergraduate level. “Pokhara itself urges with a lot of potentiality in sports,” he says.  “Sports education itself holds wide range of market internationally. So, we have designed this curriculum which is saleable to international market too.” He further added that “We should understand the basic foundation of sports along with the development of physical infrastructures.”

“In this curriculum, 80 percent subjects are from sports and 20 percent courses are from core management stream. The students after the completion of this Bachelor’s Degree can continue their Master’s Degree in other streams too.”, Mr. Pradhan said.

The Syllabus consists 52 titles divided in to eight semesters with 162 credit hours for four years. Initially the course includes Volleyball, Football, Taekwondo, Karate, Handball, Athletics, Gymnastics, Basketball, Traditional Archery, Traditional sport ‘Chhelo’, Cricket and Swimming. The sports can be further included as per the demand.

Similarly, Sports Management, Marketing, Management of Leisure Recreation, Spectator Management, Sports Economics, Funding in Sports, Sports Tourism, Sports in Globalization, Sports in Media, Sports Sociology, Yoga Science, Strategic Management in Sports, Leadership in Sports, Sports Medicine, Sports Psychology, Sports in Event Management, Sports Law and Risk Management, Sports Facility Management, Entrepreneurship in Sports, Career Development, Sustainable Development in Sports, Ethics in Sports, Women’s in Sports, Legacy of sports etc. have also been included as parts of the curriculum.

Furthermore, the mainstream subjects include English, Computer Applications, Statistics, Business Communications, Financial Accounting, Principles of Managements, Human Resource Management, Management Information System, Organizational Behavior, Research Methodology etc. have been included.

Mr. Tej Gurung a member of Syllabus Drafting Committee and also the Vice-President of Nepal Olympic Committee expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the Gandaki Province Government for always keeping Sports in high priority. “It is a milestone pave for the development of sports not only for the Gandaki Province but for the entire nation”. “We feel proud that Gandaki Province is in advance in many areas of the social development, these University sports courses will also definitely play a vital role to keep sports of Gandaki always in the lead” he further added.

Mr. Khadga Ranabhat a member of Syllabus Drafting Committee and the former Member of National Sports Council expresses his happiness that “This University course will produce the qualified manpower and widen the horizon of job opportunities in sports to the new generations”. Mr. Ranabhat, a senior sports figure, highlights “This course’s target is not only Nepali students but also the foreign students”

The other Curriculum Preparation Committee Members were Mr. Krishna Timilsina Deputy Director of the Regional Sports Development Committee, Mr. Madhu Sudhan Subedi, PhD Research Scholar of Sports Management Tamilnadu Physical Education and Sports University India, Prof. Dr. Dhurba Karki from Tribhuvan University was a Guest Member.

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