KATHMANDU, July 8: The Government of Japan has extended grant assistance of Rs 407 million to Nepal for implementing the Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS) Project.
Ambassador of Japan to Nepal Saigo Masamichi and Finance Secretary Sishir Kumar Dhungana signed notes to this effect, according to the Embassy of Japan in Kathmandu.
Another set of grant agreements for implementing the program was signed by Chief Representative of JICA Nepal Asakuma Yumiko and Joint Secretary Shreekrishna Nepal, who heads the International Economic Cooperation and Coordination Division of the Ministry of Finance.
The JDS grant offers Nepal’s young government officials two years Master's Degree courses and three years Doctoral level courses in Japanese universities. “After completion of studies the JDS Fellows are expected to engage in formulating and implementing socio-economic development plans and programs and evolve as leaders and change agents for development in their respective countries,” said a press statement issued by the Embassy.
Since 2016 Nepal has had 80 JDS Fellows and 22 government officials are expected to go to Japan in 2020. Through the grant assistance signed on Wednesday, as many as 22 government officials will be selected as JDS Fellows.