Kathmandu, March 13
The Embassy of India, Kathmandu, has awarded 200 Golden Jubilee Scholarships to meritorious Nepali students for continuing their studies in various undergraduate courses at various universities and colleges in Nepal for the academic year 2018-2019.
This year, the scholarships recipients cover 36 undergraduate courses ( MBBS, BDS, BE, BSc, BBA, BCom, etc) and come from 50 districts of Nepal. These include about 45 per cent girls and eight per cent differently-abled students.
Education Secretary Khaga Raj Baral as chief guest of the Golden Jubilee Scholarship Day celebration today in Kathmandu presented the certificate of merit to 200 students. Ambassador of India to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri congratulated the students and advised them to achieve personal and professional fulfilment, which would contribute towards Nepal’s socio-economic development and further deepen and strengthen Nepal-India relations.
In 2002, the Government of India started the prestigious Golden Jubilee Scholarship Scheme to mark the completion of 50 years of India-Nepal Economic Cooperation. At the inception of this scheme, 50 meritorious Nepali students were awarded the scholarship. In the year 2007, the
number of scholarships were increased to 100.
Since the year 2012, the number of scholarships has been doubled to 200, according to a press release issued by the embassy.
Under this scholarship scheme, an MBBS/BDS student receives Rs 4,000 per month for five years, a BE student receives Rs 4,000 per month for four years, and a student studying in other under-graduate courses receives Rs 3,000 per month for three years. So far, more than 2,350 Nepali students have been awarded the Golden Jubilee Scholarships from across 77 districts of Nepal.
A version of this article appears in print on March 14, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.