KATHMANDU, June 11: Pakistan Embassy awarded scholarships to 111 students from schools in and around Kathmandu in a ceremony on Monday at Tilingatar Higher Secondary School, Dhapasi.
Established since 2011, Pakistan has been granting scholarships to students from secondary and higher secondary levels with the intention of building a strong relationship with Nepal. The initiative started with the grant of scholarships to 35 students in 2011, but over the last two years it has increased to include more than a hundred students. [BREAK]
Students are selected on the basis of merit by their school principals who then nominate them for the scholarship.
Ambassador of Pakistan, Arshad Saud Khosa presented the cheques for the scholarships to the principals.
15 students each from Tilingatar Higher Secondary School, Shivapuri Higher Secondary School, Manhankal Jana Jagrit Higher Secondary School, Bansbari School, Mahendra Higher Secondary School and National Model Science School were granted the scholarship. Buddha High School and Janata Higher Secondary School had 10 deserving students each from their schools.
Addressing the students and teachers, ambassador Khosa remarked that Pakistan is happy to support hardworking, talented and deserving students. “This is part of an effort to cultivate strong and meaningful links between Pakistan and Nepal. And education is a very meaningful link. This scholarship is open to all students regardless of ethnicity, caste or religion,” he said.
The ambassador also expressed his hope that it helps the students to move towards achieving their goals.