Head of Development Partnership and Reconstruction Wing of the Embassy of India, Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration, and Butwal Sub-metropolitan City, Rupandehi, signed a memorandum of understanding for construction of a new building for Shree Naharpur Secondary School at Naharpur, Butwal, in Rupandehi, today.

The new school building will be built at an estimated cost of Rs 44.17 million under Nepal-Bharat Maitri Development Partnership as part of High Impact Community Development Project scheme programme of the Government of India, said the embassy.

Established in 1971, the school is affiliated to National Examinations Board.

The school is providing education in the field of Education and Management at the +2 level. Of the 1,127 students enrolled in the school, about 50 per cent are girls.

India has completed 446 projects in the areas of health, education, drinking water, connectivity, sanitation and creation of other public utilities in all the seven provinces of Nepal since 2003 under the High Impact Community Development Projects programme, earlier known as Small Development Projects.

Of them, 41 projects are in Province 5, including 10 completed projects in Rupandehi district alone.

Similarly, nine projects are in various stages of completion in Province 5, including one in Rupandehi.

According to the embassy, India is also reconstructing 71 educational institutions damaged during the 2015 earthquakes in eight districts of Nepal under the reconstruction grant of NPR 5,800 million. Construction of eight schools have already been completed and construction work of 62 schools is ongoing.

Tribhuvan University Central Library project is under tender process.

"As close neighbours, India and Nepal share unique ties of friendship and cooperation.

Today's signing of the MoU reflects continued commitment of the Government of India to complementing the efforts of the Government of Nepal in developing infrastructure in the priority sectors," the embassy said in a press release.