The new building of Shree Moti Mahila Sangh Primary School at Tinkar in Khalanga of Darchula district built with Government of India Financial Assistance of NRs 1.27 crore was inaugurated on Monday.

Namgya C. Khampa, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of India, Kathmandu; District Coordination Committee, Darchula and School Management Committee and local representatives were present during the inauguration program.

The school, established in 1960, has been providing quality primary level education since a long time. Most students, studying in the school, are from marginalized Tinkari and Bhutia community of Darchula district.

At present, 391 students are enrolled in the school out of which 50% are girls. The new infrastructure would create an improved environment for learning in the rural region and contribute to the development of education in the district, said Indian Embassy in a statement.

Later in the day, the new building of Shree Malikarjun Model Secondary School at Mahakali-7, Dhap in Darchula district, built at the cost of NRs 2.33 crore under India-Nepal Development Cooperation with Government of India’s financial assistance was also inaugurated.

Khampa along with Mahakali Municipality, Darchula and School Management Committee and local representatives were present at the inauguration. The school was established in 1966 and upgraded to secondary level in 1984.

The school’s previous infrastructure was inadequate to accommodate all students whereas the new two-storey building built under ‘India-Nepal Development Cooperation’ would create an improved environment for learning in the rural region and contribute to the development of education in the district, said Indian Embassy.

These projects were taken up as a High Impact Community Development Project (HICDP) under an Agreement between Government of India and Government of Nepal, and implemented by District Coordination Committee, Darchula and Mahakali Municipality, Darchula respectively.

Since 2003, India has taken up over 523 HICDPs in Nepal and has completed 459 project, of which 32 are in Sudurpaschim, including 6six in Darchula district. In addition to above, the Embassy of India has gifted five ambulances and one school bus to various health posts and NGO in Darchula District.

“We hope that these new infrastructures would create an improved learning environment for students in this region and contribute to the development of education in the district. As close neighbors, India and Nepal share unique ties of friendship and cooperation, new school buildings built under Nepal-India Development Cooperation reflect the continued commitment of the Government of India in complementing the efforts of the Government of Nepal in creating and augmenting infrastructure in priority sectors,” Indian Embassy said in its statement.