Dr. Karna Rana – STAR Fellow

Dr Karna Rana (PhD from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand) is Academic Program Coordinator of One-year Bachelor of Education and of Independent Study program and English Education program of MPhil in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Education at Nepal Open University. He has been supervising MPhil students of the university in their research activities. Working at a new university, he has led various teams of policy development and also worked independently to prepare the Guidelines and Principles of ethical research, ethics application form, information sheet and consent form templates, Curriculum Guidelines and curriculum, research proposal guidelines and format.  Prior to coming to NOU, Dr Rana had worked as an Examination Supervisor in the Office of Examination Controller as well as a Manager’s Assistant in the Department of International Short Course, College of Education, Health and Human Development, University of Canterbury for two years. 

Dr Rana spent about two decades at private schools in Kathmandu where he became Vice Principal and Academic Coordinator, and also taught English language, Health Population and Environment, and Environment Science. He has been teaching English language and Linguistics at a Community Campus in Kathmandu for about 12 years.  

Dr Rana has done his PhD in the field of e-learning focusing on Nepal’s rural primary teachers’ ICT practice in the classroom. After his Masters in English Education (MEd) from Tribhuvan University, Nepal, he has done his second Masters in Education (MA) from the University of Bedfordshire, England. He conducted several teacher training programmes in Nepal, and presented research papers at national and international conferences. His research articles in the field of Nepal’s education policy in ICT and English language have been well-received in Nepal and across the world.


Online learning; digital technology and education; ICT and education policy; technology implementation and integration; resources and e-based learning; digital technology and social inclusion; society, language and culture, cross-cultural transmission and educational development; culture, language and social capital; ethnicity, identity and inclusion; teacher agency and educational transformation; special needs education, etc.


Rana, K., Greenwood, J., Fox-Turnbull, W., (2019). Implementation of Nepal’s Education Policy in ICT: Examining Current Practice through an Ecological Model. The Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries. e12118. https://doi.org/10.1002/isd2.12118

Rana, K., Greenwood, J., Fox-Turnbull, W., & Wise, S. (2019). Challenges in Accessing Fieldwork in Rural Himalayas: an Emerging Researcher’s Experiences. Waikato Journal of Education, 24(1), 67-77. DOI: https://doi.org/10.15663/wje.v24v1.605

Rana, K., Greenwood, J., Fox-Turnbull, W., & Wise, S. (2018). A shift from traditional pedagogy in Nepali Rural Primary Schools? Rural teachers’ capacity to reflect ICT policy in their practice. International Journal of Education and Development using ICT14(3). http://ijedict.dec.uwi.edu/viewarticle.php?id=2521

Rana, K. & Rana, K. (2019). Teaching and Testing of English Listening and Speaking in Secondary Schools in Nepal: Pretend for Praxis? Journal of NELTA. Vol. 24, No.1-2, November 2019.

Rana, K. (2018). Retention of English Language Tension in Multilingual Communities of Nepal: a Review of Teachers’ Narratives. Journal of NELTA, Vol. 23, No. 1-2, December 2018, page 40-53. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3126/nelta.v23i1-2.23347

Rana, K. (2010). Strategies for Pre-service Secondary English Teacher Development in the UK. Journal of NELTA, Vol. 15 No. 1-2 December 2010, Page: 134-145. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3126/nelta.v15i1-2.4619