Embassy of India and Development Committee, Palpa and Shree Rambha Higher Secondary School signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for providing Indian grant assistance of NRs. 43.39 million for the construction of a three - storied school building under Nepal-India Economic Cooperation Programme. This is the sixth development project in the Palpa District being undertaken with the Indian assistance under Small Development Projects.
Established in 1952, Shree Rambha Higher Secondary School is situated at Tahun VDC in Palpa District, Western Development Region of Nepal. The catchment area of the school is also spread to Humin, Devinagar, Foksingkot, Pipaldanda, Heklang, Jalpa and Birkot VDCs of Palpa District. Its existing infrastructure is dilapidated and inadequate to accommodate the students. The new building being constructed with Indian grant assistance will help in creation of better facilities for over 1100 students, about 57% of whom are girls, and would create an improved environment for learning and contribute to the development of the education in the District.
The project will be implemented by the District Development Committee, Palpa in accordance with the existing norms and regulations of the Government of Nepal. They will also be responsible for ensuring the quality of construction of the project and its timely completion. The MoU stipulates the constitution of an Oversight Committee, comprising of representatives of the DDC and other stakeholders with a view to ensuring the implementation of the project in a time bound manner.
In addition to this school, two projects in Palpa District have already been completed with Indian assistance of NRs. 25.3 million. Further, work is ongoing for another three projects at a cost of NRs. 97.24 million. India has also gifted six ambulances and one school bus in the District.
Recognizing the importance of accelerating growth in Nepal, India remains committed to rendering all possible assistance in that direction. The India – Nepal Economic Programme has an outlay of over NRs. 64 billion with more than 425 large and small development projects completed or currently being implemented in almost all the districts of Nepal. These development projects mainly in the sectors of education, health and infrastructure development have been undertaken in response to local needs, and in partnership with the Government of Nepal.