NIEPA-NEPAL Project on District Level Planning
In the early 2000s, the apex institute and technical arm of the Ministry of Education/HRD, Government of India, namely the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of NEPAL to undertake a project on decentralized education planning and capacity building of its officers in the area of district planning in five pilot districts of Nepal which was funded by the DANIDA.
Under the leadership of NIEPA, several capacity-building programs were conducted as a part of the project, apart from planning methodology, several background papers were specially designed, developed, and used in developing district primary education plans in the five-phase one districts of NEPAL.
In this section, details of activities undertaken have been presented which are still relevant and one of the mega projects that the NIEPA conducted outside the country. Several NIEPA Faculty members were engaged in the popularly known NIEPA-NEPAL Project from time to time. The pilot districts were Chitwan, Syangja, Jhapa, Bardiya, and Dadeldhura. The project was planned to have expanded to other districts of NEPAL but activities couldn’t move as envisaged.
Though the NIEPA-NEPAL project was carried out from 2001 to 2004 the same is very much relevant even today and the only project of its nature that NIEPA had ever undertaken outside India.
More details about the NIEPA-NEPAL Project concerning Capacity Building programs that NIEPA conducted for the five district officers in the area of decentralized planning can be found at:
NIEPA-NEPAL Cooperation on Decentralised District Level Planning of Education