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After the restoration of democracy in the country in 1990, Nepal indeed has made significant advances in education and communications among other areas of socio-economic importance. People have become convinced that a better education means better jobs and larger income generations; so also they have become enormously conscious of the role of mass media in society. There has been phenomenal growth in thirst for knowledge, information, communications and exposures. And there is little doubt that by the turn of the century Nepal will be a vastly different country than what it was half a century ago.

But this change will bring problems too as it has in any developing countries. Nepal still remains a poor country; it has many miles to go before it can grapple firmly with the challenge of shaping a democratic system appropriate to its diverse political, social and economic aspirations.

Seen in this context, education and mass media in Nepal assume deeper significance. The achievements so far in education and mass media development efforts have not been adequate and satisfactory. Since two decades the educationists, media professionals and education decision-makers have realized the necessity of bringing about a change in media professionalism by introducing a curriculum of media education at the University level. But it has also been realized that unless the overall system of education improves qualitatively the media education alone in isolation cannot improve to the desired extent. Indeed, media education in a developing country is predicated on the national success of the education system as a whole. There is no media industry in the country to support independently the Nepalese media education system. The Government, or the University depending on government subsidies, is the only institutions that can promote, but this means a huge complex of challenges at the national level. With the expansion and growth in the media system by application of new communication technology. Academic programmes need to be adapted in such a way that they can accommodate the fast changes. With inadequate national budget allocations and limited manpower resources couple with inefficiency in administration such a case becomes a far cry, as is the case with Nepal.

However, during the last two decades Tribhuvan University did make some efforts to strengthen journalism education, and, it is believed, that the University authorities to make way for Masters and Ph.D. level of journalism education in not too distant future are reviewing the basic journalism education development policy.

In fact, it is the only campus of Nepal, which offers Masters, Bachelors and Intermediate level courses in journalism.