Prithvi Narayan Campus, Pokhara, Nepal

Department of Geography

The Department of Geography at PN Campus began in 1962 when American Peace Corps Volunteer Peter Farquhar took initiation in geography teaching and another American Peace Corps Volunteer Dorothy Mierow involved in geography teaching since 1963. More substantial contribution was made by Prof. Dr. Madhav Prasad Tripathi from January 1963 to March 2009 who was appointed a faculty member to teach geography at the campus in 1967. Dr. Tripathi then initiated the department to strengthen and upgrade geography courses. In 1967 Bachelor’s Degree in geography started to run and in 1979 Master’s level geography teaching and research began.

During 1969-1970, Wasim Ahamed and Dipti Sribastav both geographers from India came to PN Campus to teach geography courses. In 1970, Prof. Dr. Birendra Singh Gurung joined the department. The Daksha Singh Barahi- Colombo Plan experts: Dr. Kishan Singh Rajpurohit, Prof Dr. Ujagir Singh, Washim Ahamad, and Radheshyam Mishra who were all from India served as geography instructors at the department.

Laboratory (GIS/RS/Cartographic)
The department is equipped with a surveying and cartographic laboratory, visual display portraits, a departmental library and a seminar hall. The Geographical Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) laboratory was established in this department with the financial support provided by Prof. Shunji Murai of the University of Tokyo, Japan in 1997. Since then, the department has been offering academic courses on GIS and RS for the Bachelor’s and Master’s level students of Geography.

The department has the following equipments for running GIS and RS classes:

S. No.DescriptionNo. of Items
1Desktop Computer10 sets (i5 Dell)
2Digitizer Board5 Sets (A0 to A4 Size)
3Scanner Brother1 Set
4Printer Color EPSON 1 Set
5Printer B/W Brother 2 Sets
6GPS (Garmin)2 Sets
7Multimedia1 Sets (EPSON)
8SoftwareArcGIS (10.1)
Edrishi (9.1)
Ilwis 3.1
MS Package SPSS 16.0

To date, the department has been run under the chairmanship of the following faculty members since its establishment in 1962.

  1. Madhav Prasad Tripathi (1962 to 1978)
  2. Prof. Dr. Birendra Singh Gurung (1978 to 1981)
  3. Dr. Madhav Prasad Tripathi (1981 to 1987)
  4. Prof. Dr. Birendra Singh Gurung (1987 to 1992)
  5. Dr. Madhav Prasad Tripathi (1992 to 1995)
  6. Prof. Dr. Krishna K.C. (1995 to 1996)
  7. Prof. Dr. Kedar Basnet (1996 to 2000)
  8. Prof. Dr. Bishow Shrestha (2000 to 2003)
  9. Prof. Dr. Birendra Singh Gurung (2003 to 2007)
  10. Prof. Dr. Krishna K.C. (2007 to 2013)
  11. Bishnu Prasad Adhikari (2013 to the present)

The department regularly publishes the Himalayan Geographers which is a research journal published on the annual basis.

The Himalayan Geographers

Research and Other Activities
The department has completed the following research and project works in collaboration of different funding institutions:

  1. Rural-Urban Linkage, a study of Kaski District with the support of UDLE/GTZ, 1998.
  2. Functional Zonation of Mahendrapool Area with the Support of UDTC, 1990.
  3. Digital Data Preparation from the Cadastral Mapping of Pokhara Sub-metropolitan City with support of PEIP, 2000.
  4. Prithvi Narayan Multiple Campus Land Use Plan 2007 with the support of PN Campus, 2007.
  5. Trekking Map of Dhorpatan – Hilsa (Nepal's Amazing Western Mountain) with the support of Empowering Women in Nepal (EWN), 2010.

In the similar way, the department has organized and conducted the following seminars, conferences and trainings in which faculty members and students have participated in them:

  1. International Conference on Environment Economy and Habitat, 1994.
  2. Caravan Training on GIS with the support of AIT, NASDA, 1997.
  3. In-house Training on GIS Application with the support of UGC, HMG/Nepal, 1998.
  4. Professional GIS Training on Environment Resource and Development in Collaboration with Nepal GIS Society, UDTC and ICIMOD, 1998.
  5. Workshop on GPS (Global Positioning System) with support of Keio University, Japan, 1999.
  6. Preliminary GIS Training with the Support of ICIMOD, 2000.
  7. Organized a seminar on "Necessity of Geography Teaching in Secondary Level Education", 2007.
  8. Organized GIS Training for Geography Teachers from all over the Nepal geography teaching campuses of the country, 2008.
  9. National Workshop on Application of Remote Sensing on Land Use Practice, 2011.

Courses Offered

  • Bachelor’s Level (Physical Geography, GIS,RS, Human Geography, Economic Geography)
  • Master’s Level in (Physical Geography, GIS, RS, NRM, Human Ecology)


  1. Master’s Thesis/Dissertation Titles

Naresh Poudel
Department of Geography
Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
Prithvi Narayan Campus (Tribhuvan University)
Bhimkali Patan, Bagar
Pokhara, Nepal
Phone: +977-98461-11045

The Faculty Members Directory

S.No.NameTitleAdmin TitleCV
1. Dr. Debendra Bahadur Lamichhane Professor
2. Tara Raj Khanal Professor Asst. Campus Chief
3. Chandra Nath Adhikari Associate Professor Dept. Head
4. Upendra Paudel Associate Professor
5. Govind Mani Bhandari Associate Professor
6. Min Prasad Lamsal Lecturer
7. Ramjee Prasad Pokharel Lecturer
8. Bishnu Hari Poudel Lecturer
9. Khagendra Raj Poudel Lecturer
10. Hom Nath Pageni Lecturer
11. Laxman Adhikari Lecturer
12. Daya Sagar Subedi Adjunct Faculty
13. Rajeev Upadhyay Adjunct Faculty