Central Campus of Technology (CCT), a constituent campus of Tribhuvan University, inherits its present name and form from the erstwhile Institute of Applied Science and Technology (IASTech.) established in Dharan in 1972.
At present, the campus runs very diverse programs in science and technology, viz.:
- B.Sc. Biology Group (Botany, Chemistry, Microbiology, Geology and Zoology)
- B.Sc. (Geology major).
- B.Sc. Nutrition and Dietetics
- B. Tech. (Food)
- M.Sc. Microbiology
- M.Tech. (Food)
- Ph.D. Programs (Food).
- M. Sc. Nutrition and Dietetics
- M. Sc. Industrial Chemistry
At present, CCT is the only campus in Nepal where Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Food Technology are offered. For more detail on the various programs listed above, visit ACADEMICS.
Central Campus of Technology is the forerunner of food technology education in Nepal. To date, the campus has produced some 500 highly competent food technology graduates. Annually, nearly 25 percent of them go abroad for further studies, 10 percent of them find Government jobs and the rest go like hot cakes in various food industries of Nepal and abroad. The scope of food technology education in Nepal has increased dramatically in the past few years. As of 2014, there are 11 academic institutions where food technology education is offered. In the light of recent trend in food technology education in Nepal, to further broaden its scope, Central Campus of Technology has prepared a new vision statement:
Central Campus of Technology will strive to transition into Deemed University of Food Science and Technology, making it one of finest research stations for post-harvest technology of the SAARC Region.
It is beyond dispute that there is nothing as indispensable as food for all life forms on earth. In the recent time, however, food crisis has risen to the state of emergency in many developing countries. Food insecurity is pervasive throughout much of Nepal.
Every time food crisis occurs, we have to depend on donors for the supply, which is a humiliating situation for a resource-rich country like Nepal. Emergency food supplies by donor agencies and even plain import can never be a permanent solution. It will only enslave our economy. The reasons behind food insecurity in Nepal and the available options for combating it hardly need elaboration. Food insecurity may result from failed harvest, poor distribution, post harvest loss, poor access (physical and nutritional), and so forth. National Planners are preoccupied with increasing productivity (pre-harvest). Scientists work day in, day out developing improved crop varieties, increasing productivity, and devising better farming systems, with the hope to combat food insecurity. Even 2-3% increase in yield is hailed a success. What they fail to understand is that a good 50% of fruits and vegetables and 20% of cereal grains painstakingly researched and produced are lost due to lack of post-harvest knowledge. This is where food technology comes in and combats food insecurity. Control of post-harvest loss, be it by a few percent, can be worth food security for millions of people.
Thus, the mission of Central Campus of Technology is:
To strengthen research facilities and develop post-harvest technology & allied programs to the point where Central Campus of Technology can be deemed a university in its own right.
For realizing the stated vision and accomplishing the mission, Central Campus has set following objectives:
- Fully deploy the privileges of autonomy
- Mobilize resources for developing infrastructure
- Prepare strategic plan for sustainability of all future programs
- Strengthen research facilities
- Run advanced academic programs in science and technology
Message from the campus chief