Overview of the Catchments Area
The campus is located in the central part of the Kathmandu Metropolitan city in a place called Tahachal. The campus enrolls students from all over Nepal and the current enrolment record shows that students of all 75 districts and some parts of India are pursuing their studies at this campus. Thus, this campus is not confined to serve a population of a particular geographical territory but a central campus that serves the students from different geographical locations of Nepal.
Major education programs of this campus are B.Ed. and M.Ed. programs with the specialization in various subjects that are taught in schools and colleges of Nepal. Majority of the students who enroll in this campus are from lower middle class and middle class population and they are from different geographical locations. More than 90 percent of the students are from the rural communities and low income band.
Description of the Institution
Mahendra Ratna Campus has a glorious history which goes back to 1956 when the government run Normal Educational Training was handed over to this campus. In 1972, the campus came under TU as a constituent campus and since then it has been running pre-service teacher education programs of all levels of education. The details of the physical infrastructure of the campus are presented below:
The campus now runs its classes in its facilities built in 53 ropanis of land. Currently, there are eight buildings in different conditions out of which two of them are used for office, one for library, one for academic departments and teachers and students unions office and four buildings are used for running classes. Some of the buildings are old and structurally weak which might collapse with a small pressure from the earth quake and/or any other natural calamity.
Altogether there are 43 classrooms of different sizes which are used for running classes and laboratories. There are 8 toilets in different blocks. The campus is surrounded by fencing wall of different types and there are two entrances at present.
There is a water supply facility in the campus but it is not reliable. As the whole Kathmandu valley has acute shortage of water, the campus is in no exception. Thus, the water that comes from the tap is not sufficient to meet the needs of the water in the campus. Thus, the campus has its own deep-boring to supply water in the campus.
There are 4 ladies’ and 4 gents’ toilets in the Campus. Out of them, 3 are very small and they are used by teachers and administrative staff.
In the past, there was a two storied building for hostel facility but, now, it has been used for different departments, student union office and administrative offices. Recently one building has been constructed for hostel but it is not yet complete.
Though there is some space that can be used for playground in the campus, it is not sufficient for big games such as football, hockey and running. However, the space has been used for volleyball, basketball, high jump, long jump and shut-put. There are no indoor games facilities in the campus at present. The sports facilities are mainly used for the course work in Physical Education subjects in B.Ed.
There is a separate building for library purpose. It has 36,000 books of different subjects published by national and international publications. In addition, MR Campus has recently established an e-library facility with 11 computers linked to internet service.
There are four moderate labs belonging to Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Geography subjects with very basic lab-materials and equipment.
Road and Transportation
The campus is accessible by the public transportation. It is located in the middle of the various routes of the public transportation.