The British Embassy announces the names of the winners of 2016/2017 Chevening Scholarships. This year 13 Nepali applicants were awarded the UK Government's prestigious scholarships.
According to a press release issued by British Embassy, these 13 scholars will fly to UK this month to study for a Master's degree in various UK universities. The names of the winners include Aman Shrestha MSc in Management (Entrepreneurship) at Durham University, Amit Kumar Karna MSc in Energy and Society at Durham University, Bhaskar Awasthi MSc in International Development: Poverty, Inequality and Development at University of Manchester, Bishwaraj Bhattarai MSc in Sustainable Energy Systems at University of Edinburgh, Ghana Shyam Khadka LLM in International and European Human Rights at University of Leeds and Manoj Paudel MSc in Local Economic Development at London School of Economics and Political Science.
Similarly, other winners include Dr. Nitin Nischal Bhandari MSc in International Health Policy at London School of Economics and Political Science, Ravi Lal Sharma MSc in Tunnelling and Underground Space at the University of Warwick, Ritu Mishra MSc (Eng) in Transport Planning and Engineering at University of Leeds, Saurav Shrestha MSc in Building & Urban Design in Development at University College London, Sushmit Sharma Bhattarai MSc in International Construction Management and Engineering at University of Leeds, Tanuja Shrestha MSc in High Performance and Scientific Computing at Swansea University and Vibek Manandhar MSc in Civil Engineering (with Seismic Design) at University College London.
Chevening is a fully funded scholarships program which includes university tuition fees, a monthly stipend , travel costs to and from the UK , an arrival allowance , a homeward departure allowance, a thesis grant , a grant for study materials , a study travel allowance,the cost of one visa application and a travel grant to attend Chevening events in the UK said a press release.
British Ambassador to Nepal, HE Richard Morris said, "the UK is home to many of the world’s best universities. The Chevening Scholarship Scheme enables you to develop academically, professionally and personally while studying in the UK. The Scholarships are awarded to exceptional individuals with leadership potential, who want to learn and return to Nepal to share their knowledge and experience. If that describes you and you are interested in studying for a Master’s degree (one year) at a leading UK university, please apply."
Chevening Alumni Association Nepal Chairman Laxmi Kanta Poudel, who studied for an MA in Public Policy in the University of York in 1996/1997 under the Chevening Scholarship Scheme said, "it was an excellent opportunity for me to go and live in the UK for a year and acquire quality education from a reputed university. It helped me to become a global citizen by allowing me to learn about diverse international cultures. It provided me an opportunity to meet people from various countries and interact with them. I encourage qualified Nepali people to apply for this scholarship and contribute in their areas of interest in Nepal."
Chevening Scholarships are the UK Government’s global scholarship program, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and partner organizations. The scholarships support study at UK universities – mostly one year Master's degrees – for individuals with demonstrable potential to become future leaders, decision-makers, and opinion formers.
The Chevening Scholarship Scheme began in 1983. Chevening Scholars now come from over 160 countries and territories worldwide (excluding the USA and the EU), and over 1,500 scholarships were awarded in 2015/2016. There are over 44,000 Chevening Alumni around the world who comprise an influential and highly regarded global network.
The name 'Chevening' comes from Chevening House in Sevenoaks, Kent – the joint official residence of the UK’s Foreign Secretary.