Friday, August 4, 2017

NRNA-Thailand to provide civil scholarships

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, a press release issued by the NRNA Thailand reads.
The scholarship will be awarded to the students between Grade VIII and Grade XII with the principle of inclusion. The students will be supported from the bank interest of the Endowment Funds.
NRNA Thailand has already contributed a sum of Rs 3.6 million. The amount has been deposited in the fixed deposit account at Mega Bank Nepal.
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 Dolakha 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) led by coordinator Hemanta Raj Dahal (educationist) with Khagendra Raj Dhakal (scholarship promoter), Motikala Subba Dewan (advocate and educationist), Pralhad Karki (educationist), Ramesh Khadka (media representative) as members has also been formed. Two other members include a representative of Education Ministry and a president or representative of NRNA Thailand (Ex-officio Member), who are yet to be confirmed, the statement reads.
With a view to promote the scholarship fund, Mega Bank Nepal and Civil Initiative signed a memorandum of understanding that Mega Bank Nepal 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 minimum of 40 scholarships in Gorkha and Dolakha districts for this year. The board has been working to award the scholarships for the first batch by the first week of October.

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