In a move extending its commitment to Nepal’s local development, the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu awarded 200 Golden Jubilee Scholarships to meritorious Nepali students for the academic year 2018-19.
The award recipients included students from 50 Nepali districts, pursuing undergraduate courses in MBBS, BDS, BE, BSc, BBA and BCom across various Nepali institutions, locally.
The award recipients included 45 percent of girls and 8 percent of differently-abled students, the Indian Embassy said in an official release.
Speaking on the occasion, Indian Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri congratulated the students and urged them to focus on socio-economic development of Nepal and areas that boost Indo-Nepal relations.
Indian Government introduced this scheme in 2002 marking the 50 years of India-Nepal Economic Cooperation, and as a mark of India’s support to human resources and socio-economic development of Nepal.
From 50 at the start, the number of Nepali award recipients increased to around 100 students by and continued to remain 200 since 2012.
Under the scheme, MBBS/BDS student receives NPR 4000/- per month for five years, while a BE student will get NPR 4000/- per month for four years and a students of other undergraduate courses will receive NPR 3000/- per month for three years.
Till date, the scheme has benefited around 2,350 students from 77 Nepali districts, the Embassy said in its release.
Besides, the Indian Government also provides around 3000 scholarships to aspiring students in various other fields such as medical, veterinary sciences, science, agriculture, dental science, pharmacology, arts, commerce, engineering, computer science and nursing across various Nepali institutions.
Meanwhile, the number of women students in higher education are growing as a result of rise in enrolment of girls in schools, a senior Nepali official said on March 12, 2019.
Speaking at the ongoing 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW-63) of UN, president of Women and Social Committee of Nepal Niru Devi Pal recalled Nepal’s achievements in advancement of women rights through the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action of 1995, among other initiatives.
She emphasized that the girl empowerment made by Nepal has changed the dynamics of human resources in Nepali public sector, placing women in key decision-making positions.
Stating that many Nepali women have moved away from traditional practices, Devi said that there has been a gradual progress in women presence across politics, education, media, health, among other sectors.
She also highlighted on the country’s gender-responsive budgets adoption of gender-responsive monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.
Hope more such meritorious programs by government bodies and local community groups will further the development of Nepali education sector, contributing to skill development.
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