The Embassy of India and the Central Level Project Implementation Unit (CLPIU) of the Ministry of Education, Nepal signed 7 Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) for re-building 56 higher secondary schools. Included areas in the MOU for the reconstruction of schools are located in Gorkha, Nuwakot, Dhading, Dolakha, Kavrepalanchowk, Ramechhap and Sindhupalchowk district of Nepal.
Note: The schools will be built as a part of 2.95 billion (Nepali rupees )grant to Nepal by the Government of India post-earthquake reconstruction.
Why reconstruction is required?
During a devastating earthquake in 2015, thousands of schools in Nepal were destroyed and these 7 districts were the most severely hit.
Key Features of the New Schools
The reconstructed schools will be earthquake resilient acc. to Nepal’s Earthquake resilience norms and have add-on facilities like academic blocks, classrooms along with furniture and separate sanitation facilities for boys and girls.
Note: The Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), Roorkee, India will be providing the technical expertise for the reconstruction.
Other Extended Initiatives to Nepal
i.The government of India had supported the construction of 50,000 houses in Gorkha and Nuwakot. UNDP(United Nations Development Programme ) and UNOPS (United Nations Office for Project Services ) was appointed as the socio-technical facilitation consultant for the two districts in 2018 March.
ii.The Indian government also committed 1 billion USD in form of grant and line of credit, out of which USD 150 million allocated for reconstruction to the housing sector (100 million USD as grants and 50 million USD to be drawn as a line of credit )
President- Bidhya Devi Bhandari
Currency– Nepalese rupee