Progress on civil scholarship for students from disadvantaged communities

KATHMANDU: Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) Thailand and Civil Initiative entered an agreement to set up a Civil Scholarship Fund to support the needy students from the disadvantaged communities.

The agreement was announced with the main objective to enhance positive effect on the school enrolment, attendance, learning outcomes, reducing the drop out and repetition rates and promoting the school cycle completion rate on June 14 last month, in Kathmandu, the press release issued by the NRNA Thailand stated.

The scholarship will be awarded to the students between Grade VIII and Grade XII with the principle of inclusion.

In order for sustainability of the scholarship fund, the students will be supported from the bank interest of the Endowment Funds.

NRNA Thailand has already contributed a sum of 3.6 million rupees. The amount has been deposited in the fixed deposit account at Mega Bank Nepal Limited.

A ‘Civil Scholarship Fund Guidelines, 2017’ have been developed containing the scholarship eligibility criteria. The scholarship will be allocated to the earthquake affected districts for the first five years. For the first year the project will be implemented in Dolkha and Gorkha districts, for 40 students, with 20 students in each district as pilot project and the following years minimum 100 students will be awarded the scholarship each year.

The Scholarship Determination and Implementation Committee (SDIC) is comprised of Coordinator Hemanta Raj Dahal (Educationist) and members Khagendra Raj Dhakal (Scholarship Promoter), Motikala Subba Dewan (Advocate and Educationist), Pralhad Karki (Educationist), Ramesh Khadka (Media Representative). Two other members include Representative of Ministry of Education and President/Representative of NRNA Thailand (Ex-officio Member) who are yet to be confirmed, the statement specified.

Being fully aware of the scholarship fund as a long-term scheme, Civil Initiative and NRNA Thailand will continuously raise funds by soliciting the interested individual and organisations as per the spirit of the MOU, the statement stated. The donors may also choose the students who they would like to sponsor through the Civil Scholarship Fund.

It has been arranged to publish the records of all the up-to-date transactions through the organisation’s publications and the website.

With a view to promote the scholarship fund, Mega Bank Nepal and Civil Initiative signed an MOU that Mega Bank Nepal Limited shall donate a sum of Rs. 300,000 per year, initially for five years.

The recently held first meeting of the Civil Scholarship Board with the presence of representatives from NRNA Thailand and Civil Initiative has decided to implement the scholarship in Gorkha and Dolakha Districts of Nepal for year 2017 through which minimum 40 students will be benefitted. The board has been working to award the scholarships for the first batch by the first week of October.