Concept of Siddhartha University as a seat of Higher learning in the KathmanduValley, is still under development. However, preliminary ideas and space programme for developing the Master-plan are presented here. It is proposed that a faculty board of scholars and educators experienced in higher education be nominated to develop an academic programme for the university, which will have a short-term and long-term perspective. Resources/investment and facilities should be planned and built/deployed accordingly.

STUDY OF NALA TOWN

Nala is an important medieval town, with two important temple sites, the Nala Bhagwati and Karunamaya (Seto Macchendranath). It is at the foothills of Nagarkot ridge, and well connected from Banepa and Bhaktapur. There is a shuttle bus service to Banepa city. It is an important traditional market for the surrounding rural areas. Although the pace of change in the original town form is not as rapid as Banepa or Bhaktapur, reconstruction, encroachments slum formation etc. is underway.

The SiddharthaUniversity project offers an opportunity to launch a conservation and revitalization of Nala.

Location and Access
Available services
Cultural Historical assets
Settlement study for university requirements
Future development potential w.r.t. university project.

SITE ANALYSIS

The site is a forested hill covered with shrub land adjacent to Nala. These forests were not fit for cultivation. The regional landscape of the area is dotted with such forests. Under the Local Governance Act, NalaVillage development committee (VDC) donated this land of 1600 Ropanis to SiddharthaUniversity to develop its campus.

  • Topographical survey
  • Geological study
  • Vegetation study
  • Drainage channels etc.
  • Identification of possible areas of construction.
  • Identification of availability of services and infrastructure.
  • Environmental impact study

DETAILED PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT

Based on the plan for immediate and eventual academic programs of the university, detailed building area requirements need to be developed. From this program, buildings which will sequentially come in space and time can be designed. We can also assess how much of the required program can realistically be constructed on the Site, as well as how can we effectively utilise the available buildings in Nala for immediate use.

MASTER PLAN CONCEPT

  • Develop a concept of campus region including the Town of Nala and surrounding VDC’s.
  • Beneficial impacts on surrounding settlements should be considered and planned.
  • Creating partnerships with Local communities.
  • Optimizing the University’s investment for core facilities only.
  • Minimize construction on site to preserve its sanctity as a forested hill and to avoid fragile slopes. This will also cut construction costs.
  • Ecologically friendly built form.
  • Vehicular movement plan and parking pockets. Also develop convenient foot-tracks.
  • Advice Nala and Tukucha VDC’s regarding development of infrastructure as well as conservation to absorb needs of the University in the future.
  • Academic buildings like the Library, academic departments, etc. can be built on the ridge area where several small flattish areas are available. These should be 2-3 storied structures connected by covered paths. Certain flat terraces on the north east side close to the vehicular road on the Tukucha VDC side leading to Nagarkot can be used for workshops and departments which require larger structures and heavy vehicle access. Monks quarters and cottages for meditation can be selectively placed at various spots on the Site. Care should be taken that in doing so we don’t spread the services network unnecessarily.

Apart form the alignment of Siddhartha Path, a foot-road should be constructed linking the Nala town with the top of the ridge at Site. It is perceived that Nala town will have to meet certain requirements like Student and staff housing, food, shopping transportation to Kathmandu/Banepa for the University. Where this foot road intersects with the Siddhartha Path, certain buildings could be constructed which require greater public accessibility and need to be shared with the Town, Like the Museum.

It should be noted that the University’s objective of providing for on campus housing for nearly six thousand students, means that a settlement almost the size of contemporary Siddhipur and Bungamati needs to be planned and built. This may put a lot of pressure at Site to provide water, drainage besides manage sewer, garbage etc. This aspect may be more easily managed by an existing settlement (Nala, Banepa city, Tukucha) which can draw from various resources available from Government agencies, other sources and private development..

Allocation of Existing requirements

  • Suddhodhana Principal Office near by the Pond area.
  • Pragya Library too near by the Pond area.
  • SariputtaClassroomBuildings and Faculty Offices behind Bulle village in the West.
  • Jivaka Clinic on the foot road to Nala.
  • Matthakundali workshops near the river and Bulle village.
  • Siddhartha University Press and Computer Laboratory bellow the pond in the West.
  • Ananda Book House on the foot road.
  • Panca Vaggi Dormitories in the southwest hill slope: starting with utilizing existing buildings in Nala and identifying new development near by Bulle.
  • BimbisaraMuseum at the intersection of foot road and Siddhartha Path.
  • Dhananjaya Bank in Nala.
  • Fire station in Nala
  • RahulaConvention Center at the ridge area.
  • Agantuka Gumba House in the east near foot road and Siddhartha Path.
  • Staff Quarters in the Nala and surrounding Bulle.
  • Plant nursery to maintain the vegetation.
  • Post office in Nala
  • Karuna Cafeteria and student services center in the Ridge area.
  • Ramya Stadium at an appropriate location in the surrounding VDC’s.
  • Devadaha Swimming Pool in the eastern side near river or western side near river.
  • Asita Hermitages to be spread in small clusters in the eastern forest.
  • ParileyyakaForest whole northern hill steep.
  • NandavanaGarden near Sugandhakuti Vihara top hill east.
  • Sarvamitra Quarters for professors near Museum.