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IIT JEE exam to be held in Nepal from 2017

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 4 November 2016, 13:10 IST

Students in Nepal can now take the entrance test for the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) in Kathmandu, to pursue graduate and post-graduate courses.

This was announced by President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday while addressing a seminar: 'Nepal and India: Exploring New Vistas'. The president is currently on a three-day visit in Kathmandu.

"India is happy to help Nepal with its human resource development. 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," the president said.

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"I am also very happy to announce that from 2017 onwards, Nepali students will have the opportunity to pursue graduate and post-graduate courses in Indian Institutes of Technology on a regular basis. For this, our Institutes of Technology will open their entrance examinations to Nepali students. Aspirants would have the option to write these examinations in Kathmandu," he added.

The president also said that India recognises the importance of water resources in the accelerated development in Nepal for which post-graduate scholarships for courses in hydel power and water resources management at IIT, Roorkee, have been offered to Nepali engineers and experts this year.

With PTI Inputs

First published: 4 November 2016, 13:10 IST