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“Sports management can be studied at the undergraduate level”: Nepal

University Chancellor Prada Ganeshman Gurung said "Our aim is to bring this course up to international standards so that foreign students can also come and study".

Pokhara:- For the first time in Nepal, sports management will be taught at the undergraduate level of the university. Gandaki University, established in Gandaki, has developed a Bachelors in Sports Management course.

The Curriculum Preparation Committee has already submitted the draft to the Chancellor of the University, Prada Ganeshman Gurung. The draft curriculum states that there will be 52 courses in four years, including eight semesters.

It has been proposed to have a total of 162 credit hours in the teaching of sports management. According to Dr. Prakash Pradhan, coordinator of the committee, the curriculum has been prepared to teach experimental subjects along with theoretical ones.The different semesters include volleyball, football, taekwondo, karate, handball, athletics, gymnastics, basketball, cricket, swimming, traditional sports archery.Sports Management includes Marketing, Management of Leisure Recreation, Spectator Management, Sports Economics, Funding in Sports, Sports Tourism, Sports in Globalization, Sports in Media, Strategic Management in Sports.

Leadership in Sports, Sports in Event Management, Sports Law and Risk Management, Sports Facility Management, Entrepreneurship in Sports, Career Development, Sustainable Development, Ethics in Sports, Women in Sports, etc. Mainstream topics include English, Strategies, and Computer Applications. The subject of Yoga Science is also covered.‘Since this is a very expensive subject, implementation needs to get everyone’s attention,’ said Dr. Krishna, who has a PhD in Sports Science from Germany. Pradhan said, “It is difficult to find the issues included in the draft even in South Asian countries.”

He said that it was a matter of pride to teach sports in Pokhara. “Pokhara itself is a place with a lot of potential for sports,” he said,”The subject matter that we have developed is subject to global market and international standards.”

Earlier, Tribhuvan University in Nepal has been teaching sports science electively at postgraduate level. Tej Gurung, vice-chairman of the Nepal Olympic Committee, says that it is historic that this subject started at the undergraduate level.He is also a member of the Curriculum Drafting Committee. Now the playing field is making a big leap. ‘

He said that the curriculum has been prepared in such a way that even after passing the bachelor’s level, one can study other subjects in the post-graduate level. University Chancellor Prada Ganeshman Gurung says that the study of sports management will open the door for employment opportunities.He said that he was very enthusiastic as the university has always taken up the issue of backwardness. “Even the curriculum is very good. Friends have worked hard on this, ‘he said,’ it plays an important role in encouraging our youth to contribute to the prosperity of the nation. ‘He said that Chief Minister Prithvi Subba Gurung and Minister for Economic Affairs and Planning Kiran Gurung had special interest in this regard. “Our aim is to bring this course up to international standards so that foreign students can also come and study,” he said.

The members of the Curriculum Drafting Committee formed under Dr.Pradhan’s leadership are Khadga Bahadur Ranabhat, a veteran and former member of Rakhep, Tej Gurung, vice-chairman of Nepal Olympic Committee, Krishna Timilsina, deputy director of regional sports training department, Madhusudan Subedi, PhD scholar in sports science and Prada Dhruv Karki. The committee has prepared the syllabus in 42 days.

The federal government has provided 351 ropanis of land in Pokhara Metropolitan City-32 in the name of Gandaki University. The university will teach 14 different subjects.

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