Japan extends scholarships to government officers

KATHMANDU: Japan has decided to extend grant assistance of up to three hundred and seventy six million Japanese Yen (¥376,000,000), equivalent to 350 million Nepali Rupees to the Government of Nepal for the implementation of the Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS).

Tamura Takahiro, Charge d’affaires ad interim of the Embassy of Japan in Nepal, and Madhu Kumar Marasini, Secretary of the Ministry of Finance signed notes to this effect on Tuesday.

The JDS grant offers Nepal’s young government officials two-year Master’s Degree courses and three-year Doctoral level courses in reputed Japanese universities.

The Government of Japan has received more than 120 Nepali government officials to Japan.

After completion of studies, the JDS Fellows are expected to engage in formulating and implementing socio-economic development plans and evolve as leaders in Nepal, as well as contribute to the expansion and strengthening of friendly relations between Japan and Nepal.

On the occasion of signing the notes, Tamura announced that this year, 2022, marks the 120th anniversary since the first eight Nepali students were dispatched to Japan for their studies, and stated that “I hope that the grant assistance we are signing in this commemorative year will help even more Nepali officials to improve their capacity and contribute to taking friendly relations between Japan and Nepal to new heights.”

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