India remains committed to collaborating with Nepal in its socio-economic development

India and Nepal on Tuesday jointly performed the ground breaking ceremony for the new Tribhuvan University Central Library building being built under India’s USD 50 million grant assistance for the education sector.

The library is being constructed at a cost of NRs 316.9 million and will be built as per earthquake-resilient reconstruction norms of Nepal, the Indian Embassy in Nepal said in a statement.

This new 3-storey building of Tribhuvan University Central library will be equipped with modern facilities and will include several academic sections along with ancillary facilities.

Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), a premier institute in India in the field of earthquake-resilient reconstruction, will provide technical expertise for construction of this library, the Indian Embassy statement said.

Ambassador of India to Nepal Vinay Mohan Kwatra and Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Government of Nepal Devendra Paudel jointly performed the ground breaking ceremony for the project, said the Indian Embassy in Nepal.

Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Kwatra reiterated that this project was a testament to the multi-faceted, strong and robust development partnership between India and Nepal.

The Indian Ambassador to Nepal further stated that India remains committed to continue collaborating with Government of Nepal in its socio-economic development.

Nepali Minister Devendra Paudel appreciated India’s continued support to Nepal in augmenting its physical infrastructure in education sector, the Indian Embassy statement mentioned.

A Memorandum of Understanding was also signed between Ministry of Education, Science & Technology, Government of Nepal and Embassy of India for implementation of the project, the Indian Embassy said.

The event was attended by senior officials of Tribhuvan University, representatives from the Embassy, Central Level Project Implementation Unit (CLPIU) in Nepal and other stakeholders.

India has committed USD 250 million earthquake reconstruction grant assistance to the Government of Nepal.

Of this, USD 50 million is in the education sector under which 71 educational institutions across eight districts are being built; 14 of these have been already handed over and remaining are under active construction, the Indian Embassy statement added.

The present Tribhuvan University Central Library building was built with Government of India’s assistance in 1967.

Other major project undertaken by Government of India in Tribhuvan University includes construction of Gandhi Bhawan in 1973, the statement said.