Kathmandu, 28 Nov 2014: The Australian Government has awarded 44 Australia Awards Scholarships and two Australia Awards Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships to 46 Nepali candidates to pursue postgraduate studies in Australia commencing in 2015.
At a farewell ceremony held in Kathmandu on Friday, Australian Ambassador to Nepal Glenn White and Chief Secretary Leela Mani Poudyal congratulated the awardees.
On the occasion Ambassador White wished the awardees well for their studies and noted that the Scholarships would help strengthen Nepalâ€™s capacity in key sectors such as education, livelihoods, public policy and governance.
After distributing certificate to the awardees, Chief Secretary Paudyal expressed his thanks to Australia for its valuable support and cooperation.
The awardees of this year come from diverse backgrounds and are employed in the civil service, development sector and private enterprise. Twenty-two of the 46 awardees are women and 10 are public servants and they will pursue studies in priority development sectors for Australia and the Government of Nepal which include education, livelihoods, governance and water resource management.
The areas of study for two awardees will focus on meeting the learning needs of Children with Disability including autism.
The Australian Government offers these Australia Awards Scholarships annually in Nepal.