Suresh Raj Sharma

Suresh Raj Sharma is a Nepali educationist and the founder Vice Chancellor of Kathmandu University.

Suresh Raj Sharma
Doctor Suresh Raj Sharma being awarded an honorary doctorate at The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in 2014 (Right: Rector Gunnar Bovim)
Native name
सुरेशराज शर्मा
Bornबि.स. १९९७ साउन ७ (July 22, 1940)
Khurkot V.D.C, Sindhuli
Alma materPublic Science College

Karnataka University

University of South London
Known forFounder of Kathmandu University
Notable work
Kathmandu University
TitleVice Chancellor
SuccessorRam Kantha Makaju Shrestha
Spouse(s)Urmila Dhungel

He holds a degree of Philosophy in Chemistry from the University of South Bank, London. He was the first executive director of the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training; Member Secretary in National Education Committee; Member of National Commission for UNESCO; National Delegate to the SAARC Technical committee on science and technology etc. Dr Sharma is a well-known educational administrator. He has made significant contribution to the development of education policy in Nepal. He has a number of books, research papers, articles, secondary school curriculum textbook and many more to his credit.

At present, Sharma is the life member of the board of trustees of[1] Kathmandu University.

Early life and education

Suresh Raj Sharma was born in July 22, 1940 (बि.स. १९९७ साउन ७)in Khurkot V.D.C, Sindhuli District to Bishnu Prasad Upadhyaya and Savitri Devi Dhungel. Bishnu Prasad Upadhyaya was a lawyer who, although born a Dhungel, chose to write Upadhyaya as his surname. Savitri Devi Dhungel was the sister of famous writer Kul Chandra Koirala.

Sharma initially received education at home before setting out to study in Sonbarsa, India, in 1953, where he studied for nine months. In 2013 B.S he passed his S.L.C examinations from Saraswati High School, Janakpur. After completing his Isc. and Bsc. both from Public Science Campus (currently Amrit Science College) in the span of five years, Sharma went to study in Karnatak University, India under the Colombo Plan Scholarship. After returning, he spent the next ten years of his life in Tri-Chandra College. Sharma then received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of South Bank, London in the year 1977 A.D.


Even before heading out to London for his PhD, Sharma had gained experience in academic and administrative areas. Sharma worked for twelve years as a professor in Tribhuvan University during which he also taught in Tri-Chandra College, Anandakuti College, Padma Kanya College and Nepal National College (currently Shankar Dev Campus). From 1989 to 1992, he worked as an executive director of the Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (C.T.E.V.T). In the year 1991, he along with Sitaram Adhikary and others successfully managed to charter Kathmandu University from Parliament. A month later, he was appointed as the first-ever vice chancellor of the University.

In 2014 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).[2]


Book Title Publisher Year
औद्योगिक आत्मनिर्भरतातिर नेपाल नेपाल राजकीय प्रज्ञा प्रतिष्ठान २०३२
Education and Employment Policies in Nepal: A Perspective View UNESCO 2038
Education for Work सेरिड, त्रि.वि २०४०
The Effectiveness of New Trends in Educational Financing on the Planned Objectives, Equity, Quality and Efficiency: A Case Study on Nepal शिक्षाशास्त्र अध्ययन संस्थान २०४२
शिक्षाः विकास र चुनौती उर्मिला ढुङ्गेल २०५७
काठमाडौँ विश्चविद्यालयः कठिन यात्राका पाइलाहरु उर्मिला ढुङ्गेल २०६६
स्वर्गमा पैदल शब्दयात्रा प्रकाशन २०७२


  1. "Professor Dr Suresh Raj Sharma". Retrieved 2017-08-03.
  2. "Honorary Doctors". Retrieved 2018-08-30.
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