Bidya Nath Koirala, Ph.D. : Dr. Koirala is a Professor and Head of the Department of Central Department of Education at Tribhuvan University, and Advisor to SAARC Teachers’ Federation. He brings long and exemplary experience in strategic planning and programming for institutions of national importance like National Planning Commission, Ministry of Education, Prime Minister’s Office, and Equal Access, and of international importance like The Asia Foundation Nepal, Asian Development Bank, JICA, UNESCO and European Commission on Education. In these roles, his main thrust has been the development of curriculum, decentralization of education, educational components of the national plan, nonformal education, addressing gender, caste, ethnicity, and disability issues in education. He also carries a long experience of evaluating and auditing educational projects and institutions. Receipient of a number of awards in academic excellence, he has authored seven books, edited three books, and published more than 250 articles.
Dr. Koirala has been one of the first wave of educationists in Nepal who saw the value of open and distance education from the outset and is persevering to establish Open University of Nepal to this date. Also, he is especially dedicated to finding ways to take education to rural, remote and marginalized population of Nepal.