Scholarship fund set up for quake-hit students

Kathmandu, June 14

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Gopal Man Shrestha said he would work towards ensuring access to quality education for all students.

Speaking at the programme organised by Thailand chapter of Non-resident Nepali Association here today, he said the government was looking forward to collaborating with different private and non-governmental organisations for bringing reforms in the education sector.

Thanking NRNA Thailand for giving hope to quake-affected students, he said the government is working to attain SDG goals and upgrade the country from least developed to middle-income country.

Similarly, Dr Tirtha Raj Khaniya, Vice-chancellor of Tribhuvan University, said brain drain was causing a huge loss to the nation, but NRNA’s contribution would help retain youths in the country. He also promised to provide opportunities to scholarship awardees.

NRNA Thailand provided seed money of Rs 3.5 million to the Government of Nepal and Civil Initiative Team to provide scholarships to marginalised and disadvantaged students from earthquake-affected districts.

According to the Kanchha Gurung, Treasurer of NRNA Thailand, the fund was primarily collected for constructing 573 houses for earthquake victims in Laprak (Gorkha).

“The interest from the fund would be used to provide scholarships to 80 Nepali students each year, while prioritising earthquake affected children for the first five years.”