Reaching out to the more youthful era, India on Thursday declared that from next year, Nepalese students would be able to compete for seats in IITs. Declaring the new open door for the students of Nepal, President Pranab Mukherjee said academic and student exchange had been a piece of the “long tradition” in two-sided ties and India would keep on helping Nepal with building up its human resources.
“I am very happy to announce that from 2017 onwards Nepalese students will have the opportunity to pursue graduate and postgraduate courses in Indian Institutes of Technology on a regular basis. For this, our Institutes of Technology will open their entrance examinations to Nepalese students,” said President Mukherjee during his speech at an event jointly organised by the think tanks of India and Nepal.
President Mukherjee said the youths of South Asia should not remain hostage to “baggage of history,” and urged that they should have more opportunities in education, health, technology and employment generation. “[IIT] aspirants would have the option to write these examinations in Kathmandu,” he said, drawing applause from the crowd that had several former prime ministers and Foreign Minister of Nepal, Prakash Sharan Mahat.
Contending for more concentration in instructive and scholarly ties between the two neighbors,, President Mukherjee said, “Our commitment is reflected in the grant of around 3,000 scholarships to Nepalese students every year, providing opportunities to study in Nepal and in India. We offer more than 250 scholarships annually for Government and non-Government employees of Nepal for training in technical institutes in India.
President Mukherjee likewise met with a broad spectrum of political and common society figures at night and reminded Nepal that India stayed focused on its “neighborhood first” foreign policy.