India's High-Impact Community Development Project Empowers Education in Khotang

India's High-Impact Community Development Project Empowers Education in Khotang

Today, the inauguration ceremony of the newly constructed School and Hostel building of Shree Sharada Secondary School, Rawa Besi Rural Municipality, Khotang, took place. This construction, made possible through the financial assistance of NRs. 36.10 million from the Government of India under the 'Nepal-India Development Cooperation', marks a significant step in bilateral relations. The ceremony was jointly presided over by Mr. San Bahadur Rai, Chief of the District Coordination Committee; Mr. Phatik Kumar Shrestha, Chairman of Rawa Besi Rural Municipality, Khotang; and Shri Suman Shekhar, First Secretary at the Embassy of India, Kathmandu. Also in attendance were public representatives, government officials, social workers, members of the school management, teachers, parents, and students.

The financial grant provided by the Government of India was utilized for the construction of a double-storied school building, hostel building, and procurement of furniture for both structures. This initiative falls under the umbrella of High Impact Community Development Projects (HICDP), previously known as Small Development Projects, as per the agreement between the governments of India and Nepal. 

Established in 1952, Shree Sharada Secondary School has been a cornerstone of education in the region, offering classes from Grade 1 to 10+2 level. With over 365 students enrolled, including a substantial percentage of female students, the school has earned recognition for its commitment to providing quality education.

Since 2003, the Government of India has spearheaded more than 550 HICDPs across Nepal, completing 488 projects to date. Koshi Province has been a focal point, with 85 projects spanning various sectors, including one project in Khotang. Additionally, India has generously gifted 974 ambulances and 234 school buses to hospitals, health posts, and educational institutions across Nepal, including 141 ambulances and 35 school buses in Koshi Province, with 4 ambulances and 1 school bus allocated to Khotang District.

India and Nepal share a robust, multi-sectoral cooperation as close neighbors. The implementation of HICDPs underscores India's steadfast commitment to supporting Nepal's development endeavors, particularly in crucial sectors like education.

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