DHANKUTA MULTIPLE CAMPUS, DHANKUTA Situated in Dhankuta Bazaar, the headquarter of Dhankuta district (in Eastern Nepal), Dhankuta Multiple Campus (DMC) was established in 1955 A.D. The foundation stone of the first building of this campus was laid by the late king Mahendra in May, 1956. The campus operated in its capacity as a degree college, running Intermediate and Bachelor’s level courses in Humanities and social sciences, from its establishment till 1973. Then it was converted to a Multiple Campus, in accordance with the new policy adopted by the National Education System Plan (NESP) that was introduced in Nepal in 1971. As a Multiple Campus, i.e. the faculty of Education and that of Humanities and Social Sciences. And to strengthen the economic status of this campus, the resident of Bhirgau colonel Mr Bhakta Bahadur Basnet donated 100 acres of land which is situated in Baigundhura, Jhapa district. Responding to the growing need of people to educate their children in various disciplines, the campus has made constant efforts to extend its educational programmes. As a result, it now runs Bachelor’s level classes in Education, Commerce, Science and Humanities faculties and master’s level courses in Nepali, English, Rural Development and Masters in Business studies. Realising the global opportunities and need of students the campus has provided to its students with a well equipped ICT Lab and E-library which help to enhance the technocratic knowledge of students. Whilst the importance of all the disciplines taught in the campus cannot be underestimated, the courses offered under the faculty of Education have been the main attraction, hence making this faculty the focal point of this institution.
Started with six (6) students initially, the campus now renders its service to more than 2,000- (two thousand) students per academic year. In some year in the past the total number of students reached as high as 3,695 (three thousand six hundred and ninety five). About 13 (thirteen) districts belonging to Koshi, Mechi and Sagarmatha Zones in the eastern region of Nepal have been enjoying the educational opportunities being provided by this campus.
Thus, this campus has traversed a temporal distance of about 63 years and within this period it has come a long way in several respects. As a whole Dhankuta Multiple Campus has been recognized as the academic ornament of eastern region because of its competitive efforts to enhance of as University. It is a pity, though, that there is not any masters’ degree programme here as yet. It is a only natural to expect one in a campus that has so long a history in view of its presence in other campuses that came into existence much later Mahendra Multiple Campus, Dharan and Mahendra Morang Adharsh Multiple Campus, Biratnagar (Both in Koshi Zone, Nepal) can be taken as examples they have already been running degree programme in some disciplines. So it has become necessary for DMC to make efforts towards upgrading itself by running degree classes, preferably in the faculty of Education, if it has to be on a par with other campuses in the eastern region of Nepal. Besides, in view of the decline in student enrolment in the recent years, it has become a must, and also a possibility, to enhance the quality of its educational services.
Of course, the need for a degree programme here has been frequently stressed by both the campus staff and the prospective beneficiaries (students) Neverthless, the campus has not been able to attain this goal owing to a lack of physical facilities that are pre-requisites for the progrrame. It was much easier for them to do this as they belonged to the cities having prosperous trade and industries, where public participation could do a lot in supplying physical facilities. But the case of Dhankuta is quite different it is a small town in the hiss lacking in prosperous economic activities. So the local people and business set ups here can do very little in providing financial supports to educational instituational like schools and campuses. For DMC, the most pressing need, among other things has been a well equipped and well furnished library. A good library housed in a building suitable to serve its purpose, furnished with sufficient curse relevant books, journals and magazines and managed by well trained manpower will from a basis for the degree programme, its is believed such a library will also contribute much to our attempt for the qualitative improvement felt necessary. Among the various components of a good library, trained manpower, books, journals and magazines are at least minimally adequate. It is the building that the campus is lacking most at present. We would, therefore, like to stretch our hands towards interested donors (individual of organizations) for financial support to construct a library building. Needless to say that the donor’s king contributions believe that it will be beneficial to the donor in the sense that he/she/it will have an appropriate opportunity to utilize his/her/its resources, which are often limited and have, therefore, to be used in the most cost-effective manner.