Work has begun for the reconstruction of Shree Bishnu Devi Secondary School at Chandragiri Municipality, 68th school under the Government of India reconstruction grant assistance.

Foundation stone for the school was laid by Minister of Education, Science and Technology of the Government of Nepal, Krishna Gopal Shrestha, in the presence of Dr Praphullachandra Sharma, Head of Reconstruction and Development Cooperation wing of the Embassy of India, and Mayor of Chandragiri Municipality.

Project Director of Central Level Project Implementation Unit (CLPIU) Building of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA), officials from Embassy of India and NRA, representatives of the School Management Committee, local community members, and students of the school also attended the event, stated the Embassy of India.

Shree Bishnu Devi Secondary School is being reconstructed at a cost of NPR 64.9 million and will be built as per earthquake-resilient reconstruction norms of Government of Nepal. The new infrastructure will include three blocks -- educational block, administrative block, and lab and library block, including 13 classrooms, exam halls, lab rooms, computer rooms, library, room for the school management committee, administrative rooms and separate sanitation facilities for boys and girls.

The Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), Roorkee, a premier institute in India in the field earthquake-resilient reconstruction, will provide technical hand-holding for construction of these schools, according to the Indian Embassy.

India has committed US dollars 50 million, approximately NRs 5,800 million, for the reconstruction of 71 educational institutions across eight districts of Nepal affected by 2015 earthquake. This is the 68th school on which work has begun, eight schools have already been completed. Contract has already been awarded for the reconstruction of two more schools in Kavre district and the work is scheduled to start soon.