The Government of Japan has extended grant assistance to the Government of Nepal in the amount of up to 356,000,000 Japanese Yen (356,000,000) for the implementation of the Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS: originally called as Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship).
Today, KIKUTA Yutaka, Japan’s Ambassador to Nepal, and Sishir Kumar Dhungana, Secretary of the Ministry of Finance, signed notes to that effect. Another set of grant agreements for program implementation was signed by ASAKUMA Yumiko, Chief Representative of JICA Nepal, and Dhani Ram Sharma, Joint Secretary, the Ministry of Finance’s International Economic Cooperation and Coordination Division.
This JDS grant provides scholarships for up to 22 young Nepali government officials to study at Japanese universities in order to shape Nepal’s future policy and governance.
The studies are for two-year Master’s degree programs and three-year Doctoral research programs. After completing their studies, JDS Fellows are expected to contribute to Nepali socioeconomic development policymaking. This scheme has supported 102 Nepali JDS Fellows since 2016.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 22 selected officials had to begin their respective courses online last year. Twenty of them later decided to travel to Japan to finish their studies, while two officials decided to study online from Nepal. Ambassador KIKUTA expressed his hope that the JDS fellows will contribute to Nepal’s social and economic development for future generations by effectively applying the knowledge and experiences they gained in Japan to the advancement of society. He is excited to learn about the JDS fellows’ contributions to the Nepal Government’s various policies and projects, which will lead to increased prosperity in Nepal.
The Ambassador emphasizes that the future of Nepal’s post-COVID society will be in the hands of young Nepali government officials, particularly those studying in Japan. The Japanese Embassy would like to collaborate with them to further strengthen the wonderful relationship that exists between the peoples of Japan and Nepal.
According to a JICA press release, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will provide scholarships for young prospective government officials through the “Project for Human Resource Development Strategy (JDS).”
JICA and the Nepalese government signed a Grant Agreement on Grant Assistance for “The Project for Human Resource Development Strategy (JDS)” for FY2021/2022, totaling Japanese Yen 356,000,000.
JDS is a scholarship program that promotes human resource development and aids in the resolution of development issues. This project focuses on young government officials who are expected to guide the country through development as Nepal’s future leaders.
By obtaining a Master’s or Doctorate degree from a Japanese higher educational institution, the selected participants increase their expertise in respective professional areas ranging from judicial sectors, economic policy, industrialization, to infrastructure, and develop a global network. The project enables the young leaders to catalyze Nepal’s development agenda.
Since its inception in 2016, JDS has amassed a large alumni network of over 100 people from various ministries. Every year, 20 to 22 individuals are chosen after careful consideration and are given excellent opportunities in Japan.
JICA has always aimed and will continue to aim to contribute to the strengthening of Nepal’s human resource, which is essential for providing better public services to the people.