Doti schools get Indian grants

KATHMANDU: The Embassy of India today signed three separate Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) with District Development Committee (DDC) of Doti and the concerned beneficiary organisations for providing a grant of Rs 25.9 million.

Under the MoUs, the embassy will provide Rs 71 lakhs to Shree Janata Primary School at Ghanteswor, Rs 66 lakhs to

Shree Saraswati Primary School at Durgamandu and Rs 1.22 crore to Shree Ghanteswor Higher Secondary School at Laxminagar of Doti district.

These projects are being undertaken in response to requests received from these organisations through the DDC and will be

implemented in consultation with the Government of Nepal as

small development projects under the India-Nepal Economic Cooperation Programme.

These schools are among important centres of education in their areas and serve the educational needs of over 1,100 students, of which almost half are girls. However, they are presently functioning in old buildings and are in an urgent need of upgrading the infrastructure. New buildings being constructed with the assistance of Government of India will help in creating the requisite infrastructure for these schools and enable them to upgrade their capacity in keeping with their educational standards and increasing number of students, according to a press statement issued by the Embassy of India.

Under the MoUs, these projects will be implemented as per local norms and regulations by Doti DDC, which will be fully responsible for the quality and timely completion of the projects. Separate oversight committees consisting of representatives from the relevant school management and local development authorities will ensure effective and timely completion of the projects so that they can serve the needs of the local community, the release added.

According to the embassy, these infrastructure development projects are part of more than 340 large and small projects currently being implemented under the India-Nepal Economic Cooperation Programme in the sectors of education, health, community development and infrastructure, which are underway in all the districts.