Indian ambassador Ranjit Rae inaugurated the newly constructed school building for Shree Mahankal Higher Secondary School under Nepal- India Economic Cooperation Program at a public function held on 2 July 2014 in Lalitpur. The function was attended by the representatives of the District Development Committee, Lalitpur, local administration and a large number of people from the area.
Established in 1960 as a Primary School and subsequently upgraded to Higher Secondary level in 2005, Shree Mahankal Higher Secondary School is situated at Gotikhel VDC in Lalitpur District.
The new school building constructed with Indian assistance of NRs. 19.6 million will help in creation of better facilities for over 600 students, about 55% of whom are girls and would create an improved environment for learning and contribute to the development of education in the district. Govt. of India is also providing grant assistance of NRs. 3 million for procurement of furniture and computers for the school.
In addition to this project, renovation of 9 historical sites has been completed with Indian assistance of NRs. 32.6 million and work is on-going on four projects in Lalitpur District with Indian assistance of NRs. 125.7 million. Ten ambulances and six school buses have also been provided for use in the district.
In his address, Ambassador of India underlined the importance of the Nepal–India Economic Cooperation Programme as a cornerstone of the development partnership between the two countries. He expressed the hope that the various projects being implemented under the programme will help the people of Nepal in their strides towards peace and prosperity.
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. 65 billion with more than 475 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