Central Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (CDHM) at Kirtipur Campus, under Institute of Science and Technology, Tribhuvan University was established in 1987. CDHM has been offering MSc and PhD in Meteorology and Hydrology for more than three decades. However, BSc in Meteorology was started at Trichandra Campus, under TU in 1973. In last three decade of its establishment, 200 students have already graduated from CDHM. Graduates of CDHM have gone to work in divers sector including National Hydrological Meteorological Agency, academia, private consultancies, NGOs and INGOs and some of them holds leading positing in their institution. Our research is globally recognized, our students are highly valued by employers, and our alumni are making significant contributions in academia, industry, government.

Basically, knowledge of Meteorological and Hydrological processes is of prime importance for agriculture and water resources management and development of Nepal. In the field of agriculture, weather forecasting for immediate future is essential for its successful operation. Similarly, Meteorology and Hydrology is considered as one of the most important and influential factors for the development of water resources projects as well as in the work of flood forecasting. Besides, human health, tourism and aviation etc are also vulnerable to anomalies in weather and climate which has been accelerated in recent period by climate change. Therefore, study of Meteorology and Hydrology in Nepal is very essential for socio-economic development of the country.

The primary objective of these courses is to produce skilled manpower and perform cutting edge scientific research in the field of Meteorology, Hydrology, Glaciology and Climate Science. CDHM has been known for producing competitive Meteorologists and Hydrologists with outstanding academic records. CDHM offers not only theoretical and laboratory-based courses but also extensive fieldwork techniques so as to build students’ with competent knowledge in various fields. CDHM curriculum covers wide range of the fields that includes hydrology, water resources, weather forecast, cryospheric process, climate change, hydro-meteorological disasters, numerical modeling, air pollution, etc. Courses offered by CDHM are designed to maximize employment prospects through acquisition of subject knowledge and practical skills.


To be a preeminent institution in the country/region for research, education, and outreach in hydrospheric and atmospheric science


  •  Recruit and train students with strong academic and leadership potential, providing them with the scientific and personal skills to make new discoveries and translate their knowledge into developments for the well-being of the society
  • Produce competent human resources with high ability, morale and sensitivity to values to address the emerging challenges and needs.
  • Develop CDHM as a national/regional educational and research hub for Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Science.
  • Exploring possibility of resource generating potentials to become self-sustainable.
  • Develop a greater awareness of Atmospheric and Hydrospheric Sciences in the general public through outreach programs.


Core Values

  • Scientific integrity
  • Dedication to teaching, research, and service
  • Innovation in academics and research
  • Collaboration and collegiality in all



  • To meet the scientific need of skilled manpower in the field of hydrology and meteorology in the context of the present geographical situation.
  • To prove advance knowledge to the students according to recent trend and development of the subject throughout the world.
  • To enable the students to perform research in their field of specialization utilizing the facilities available in the department.
  • To develop research activities and capacity building of partners in water and water related sectors.
  • To form water consortium fostering partnership and collaboration with academic institutions, local enterprises, government and NGOs.
  • To build educational programs, conduct research, and develop innovative solutions for global water related problems.



  • To have the best meteorology, atmospheric science, and hydrospheric science and climate science program in the region, attracting a large number of highly qualified students. The department also aims to increase graduate and PhD students at least 40 students per year.
  • To establish Center for Weather and Climate Risk (CWSR) to solve weather and climate related risk problem.
  • To make CDHM the leading national center for data assimilation and uncertainty quantification (ensemble forecasting and predictability), partnering with operational centers to support public needs and advance sustainability.
  • To strengthen HKH Hydrospheric and Atmospheric science, adding value to the College and University, and attract qualified students.


Admission Criteria and Eligibility

Students having a Bachelor’s Degree in Meteorology, Engineering, Environmental science, Forestry, Agriculture, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Statistics etc., or Equivalent Degree recognized by TU are eligible to apply for admission. Each batch of admissions is limited to 29 fixed seats. Out of 29 seats, 24 seats are reserved for candidates with bachelor’s degree in Meteorology and 5 seats are reserved for candidates with bachelor’s degree in other streams. Each applicant must appear and pass the entrance examination conducted by the Central Department of Hydrology and Meteorology, IOST, TU. Candidates with bachelor’s degrees in other streams must take a basic Hydrology and Meteorology bridge course.