The Humanities and Management Unit (HMU) is an integrated, academic division within the School of Engineering identical in function as other departments in the University. The number of programmes, classes and students receiving courses in English Communication Skills and management-related areas is large in School of Engineering and School of Science. This need led to the establishment HMU. The main objective of this initiation, therefore, has been to manage these non-technical yet compulsory subjects.
HMU monitors the existing humanistic and management-related courses across the two Schools and thirteen programmes in the central campus, with added services and future extensions as required. The Unit currently has the following two components:
- Humanities — Technical and Academic Writing, Professional Ethics
- Management — Economics, Management, Entrepreneurship
The humanistic aspect of HMU includes the existing two courses in Communication Skills –ENGT 101(2 credits) and ENGT 102 (2 credits). The courses blend humanistic and technical approaches to building students’ competence in the fundamental skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing (LSRW). The courses ensure students’ orientation to the real-world challenges of technical communication within and across science, technology and industry. The syllabi stress exposure to critical and creative thinking practices, oral presentations, research and documentation systems, technical proposals and reports and business communications, among others.
The management orientation of HMU involves the monitoring of the courses in Economics, Management and Entrepreneurship. These courses currently add socio-scientific as well as entrepreneurial dimensions to the curricula in the programmes of Engineering and Science. The courses naturally familiarize students with the broad aspects of industries and markets they are likely to enter during their professional careers. All the programmes in Engineering and Science have included these subjects as compulsory courses with the standard 3 credits value for each.
HMU presently caters to existing eight Departments of the main campus. This accounts for altogether 13 programmes. In humanities (communication skills), the Unit has its service extension to 16 groups (with at least one small group combined with another) and more than 500 students each semester. In the case of the management-related courses, which are spread to at least 18 classes in Fall Semester and 7 in spring, the Unit teaches about 450 students in fall and more than 300 in spring.
In addition to monitoring the compulsory courses, HMU has a number of other immediate service extensions:
- Offer a specialized course in Academic Writing in the final year of each programme — in view of the limit of credit hours in individual programmes, the courses are designed to be both integral (credited) as well as non-credited ones.
- Provide editorial to the University’s official publications — the main focus would be to standardize the content of the University homepage in addition to helping in other tasks such as writing, translating and editing official documents.
- Function as a strong faculty-team to help organize academic and cultural events in the main campus — professional workshops, conferences, seminars as well as literary and musical events.
- Organize periodical training in communication skills to non-teaching staffs, and academic writing workshops to (post)graduate-level thesis writers of different programmes.
- Carry out faculty research and publication activities in specialized as well as interdisciplinary fields of scholarship.
HMU has a pool of competent faculties. It is headed by Mr. Hem Raj Kafle a senior Assistant Professor. The faculty team comprises three full-time Assistant Professors and two visiting teachers in English, and two full-time and half a dozen visiting teachers in Management, Economics and Entrepreneurship.
HMU will manage certain elective courses in Creative Writing, Literature, Philosophy, Nepal Studies, Documentary Making, Business Communication and Public Relations in the existing Undergraduate programmes in coordination with other Departments. A more substantial academic endeavour would be to initiate Graduate and Post-graduate research-based degrees in English, Communication, Economics, Management and other relevant fields.
When HMU develops its own degree programmes, it will be given the status of a full-fledged Department.