Dr. Ratna Mani Nepal


Ratna Mani Nepal has been teaching at Central Department of Rural Development Studies (CDRDS) since 2005. He pursued MA in rural development from Tribhuvan University in 2003. Currently, he is writing doctorate dissertation in alternative development thinking with special reference to Nepal.

Ratna’s core areas of teaching are theory and discourses of development and culture and development. In his initial career, he taught renewable energy, rural technology and sustainable development. In addition, Ratna has coordinated in developing curricula for rural development studies (Semester System) for Tribhuvan University and Far-Western University of Nepal.

His research interest is in the areas that include concept and history of development, alternative development thinking (South Asia), democracy and development, political economy, culture and development. He has also published in the areas of his interest. He has presented paper on ‘WWII and Development: A Review on the Beginning of Collective Learning (CL) in Nepal’ at international conference held at National University of Malaysia (UKM), Malaysia (2015). He has participated in various national and international conferences and workshops.

Ratna is also a well-known creative writer and an activist of democratic movements in Nepal.


Conference Papers:

Nepal, R.M. (2013).‘Democracy and Development in BP Koirala: A Reflection’ presented at Conference

BP Koirala’s Birth Centenary organized by Nepali LekhakSangh, Kaski, Pokhara, Nepal.

Nepal, R.M (2015).  ‘WWII and Development: A Review on the Beginning of Collective Learning (CL) in Nepal’ presented at International Conference ‘The Second World War: Interpretations and Perspectives; A Re-visit after Seventy Years 1945-2015’, 8-10 October, 2015. The National University of Malaysia (UKM), Selangor, Malaysia.

Non Refereed Journal Articles/Magazine Entries

(2015).BP Koiralako Bikas Chintan [In Nepali][Development Perspectives of BP Koirala].In BP Koiralaka Baicharik Aayam, (Ed.) Ek Narayan Poudel: Prajatantrik Bichar Samaj, Chitwan.

(2013).Nepalma Grameen Udhyogharuko Bartamanawastha ra samasya [In Nepali] [Present Status and Problems of Rural Industries in Nepal].In Udhyogi, (18) 2.

(2012).Impact of Fakfok-II Micro Hydropower Project in Ilam District. Perspective on Higher Education, (7) 2,134-139.

(2012).An Overview of Rural Development Approach and Its Alternative Views in the Developing Countries. Nepalese Journal of Development and Rural Studies, (9) 1, 92-107.

(2011).Democracy and Development in BP Koirala: A reflection. Nepalese Journal of Development and Rural Studies, (8) 1 & 2, 112-121.

(2008).A Case Study of Satar Community in Chandragadi VDC of Jhapa District. Nepalese Journal of Development and Rural Studies, (5)2, 50-61.

(2007).Appropriate Technology: An Agent of Rural Development. Nepalese Journal of Development and Rural Studies, (4)1, 64-70.

News Paper Articles:

Baikalpik Bikas ra Aatmanirvarta [Alternative Development and Self-reliance] Nagarik Daily 1, December                                               2015

Professional Engagement


Award title: PhD Fellowship ( 2014-2017)     Awarding Body: University Grant Commission, Nepal

Award title: Curriculum Development for Rural Development Studies (MA RDS, Semester System) (2013)             Awarding Body: WWF, Nepal

Membership of Professional Bodies

Member, Subject Committee (CDRDS, TU)

Member, Journal Committee (CDRDS, TU)

General Secretary, Nepali Writers Association


Email: rmn@cdrd.edu.np

Telephone: 977-01-4331383 (Office)

URL: www.cdrd.edu.np/people/corestaff