Quake-damaged technical academy to be rebuilt

Dolakha, February 10

Dolakha’s Jiri Technical Academy, which was badly damaged in the 2015 earthquakes, is all set to get a new lease of life, thanks to support of the government of Switzerland. The government of Switzerland had built the academy 34 years ago.

Over 50 buildings of the academy had suffered damage in the earthquakes. Of them reconstruction of eight buildings is under way.

Ever after the earthquakes laid waste to the structures, classes are running in improvised facilities. Academy chief Bishnuhari Adhikari demanded that the government request the Swiss government to reconstruct the remaining buildings also.

“As running the academy with just eight buildings is not possible, the government has to ask the Swiss government for help to reconstruct the remaining buildings too, or has to reconstruct them on its own,” said Adhikari, adding the reconstruction of the buildings is taking place at the cost of Rs 120 million.

Every year, around two hundred students are admitted to the academy that has a total of 432 students studying different subjects now. The oldest technical school in the country has seen a tough competition among students from across the country for admission under various programmes including ISC AG, Health ANM, JTA and animal science.