Japan extends grants for scholarships to govt officials

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Kathmandu: Japan has extended grant assistance of up to 356,000,000 Japanese Yen to the government of Nepal for implementing the Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS: originally called as Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship).

KIKUTA Yutaka, Ambassador of Japan to Nepal, and Sishir Kumar Dhungana, Secretary of the Ministry of Finance signed the notes to this effect on Monday.

This JDS grant offers scholarships for up to 22 young Nepali government officials to study in Japanese universities for the future policy planning and governance of Nepal, the Japanese Embassy in Kathmandu said in a statement.

The studies are for two-year Master Degree courses and three-year Doctoral level research courses. After completion of their studies, the JDS Fellows are expected to contribute to the policymaking of Nepali socio-economic development. Since 2016, 102 Nepali JDS Fellows have studied under this scheme.

Ambassador KIKUTA expressed his hope that the JDS fellows will put forward the social and economic development of Nepal for future generations, using the knowledge and experiences they gain in Japan efficiently for the advancement of society, reads the statement.

The Ambassador pointed out that the progress of the post-Covid society will be in hands of young Nepali government officials, particularly those who study in Japan.