Japan International Cooperation Agency will provide scholarship for young prospective governmental officials through 'The Project for Human Resource Development Strategy'.

JICA and the Government of Nepal yesterday signed a Grant Agreement on Grant Assistance for 'The Project for Human Resource Development Strategy' for the fiscal 2021-2022, which amounts up to Japanese Yen 356 million.

JDS is a scholarship programme which drives human resource development and contributes to resolving development challenges.

This project focuses, especially on young government officials, who are expected to lead the country in navigating development as future leaders in Nepal.

Obtaining Master's or Doctor's degree in Japanese higher educational institutions, the selected participants enhance their expertise in respective professional areas ranging widely from judicial sectors, economic policy, industrialisation, to infrastructure, and develop broad network at the global level. The project enables the young leaders to catalyse development agenda back in Nepal.

Having started the scholarship programme in 2016, JDS has built a wide alumni network of more than 100 individuals from key ministries. Every year, 20 to 22 persons are selected after careful consideration and obtain excellent opportunities in Japan.

"JICA aims to contribute to strengthening human resource, which is indispensable for delivering better public services to the people in Nepal," JICA said in a press release.

A version of this article appears in the print on July 14 2021, of The Himalayan Times.