The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MoEST) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Korea, signed the 'Record of Discussion' (RoD) for the project 'Establishment of Polytechnic Institute for Construction Workforce Development in Province 2, Nepal' today.

The RoD was signed by Ram Prasad Thapaliya, Secretary of MoEST and Sunghoon Ko, Country Director of KOICA in Nepal.

The Korean Government through KOICA will spend US$ 8.6 million for this project. The project period is for 7 years (84 months) and will be implemented by KOICA and the CTEVT - at its polytechnic institute in Bardibas, Mohattrai District.

The main objective of the project is to produce competent workforces ready to meet the domestic and global needs of the 21st century by aligning with the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) policy and 15th National Plan. The project also aims to contribute to economic growth of Nepal through the development of skilled workforce to meet the need of construction industry and increasing their employability.

KOICA established Polytechnic Institute in Bardibas will be the first model polytechnic after implantation of the federalised government system in Nepal.

The project will deliver TITI training such as training of trainers (ToTs), Instructional Skills (IS), Occupational Skills Upgrading (OSU) and National Skill Testing Board (NSTB) skill testing, Design/Develop NVQ-based TVET curricula for construction sector, among others.

KOICA will construct a Polytechnic Institute building with the approximate floor area of 4,600 meter square. It will also provide equipment, furniture and learning facilities for the main building and indoor and outdoor workshops including technical guidance.

MoEST secretary Thapaliya expressed that the project will produce skill and competent workforces to meet the of construction industry though TVET as it is align with Government National Plan. He further thanked KOICA for its continuous support to the Government of Nepal and for prioritizing TVET sector which is much necessary for developing country like Nepal.

Similarly, Country Director Ko shared the project will contribute to the economic growth of Nepal through development of skilled workforce in construction sector and increasing their employability.

Furthermore, he shared that KOICA has been continuously supporting Nepal in various sectors. KOICA has been supporting Nepal to fight COVID-19 pandemic as well.