Information Seminar on Australia Awards Held

11 Dec 2014

Kathmandu, December 11, 2014- The Professional Development and Research Center (PDRC) and Australia Awards co-hosted an information seminar entitled “Australia Awards Scholarships - Nepal Intake 2016”. The objective of the program was to disseminate information about Australia Awards, including application procedure, eligibility criteria, and benefits. Australia Awards is a prestigious international scholarship program funded by the Australian Government offering the next generation of global leaders an opportunity to study, undertake research and professional development in Australia’s universities.

Thirty four enthusiastic prospective Dalit applicants participated   in the session.  PDRC Executive Director, Birendra Bishwakarma made welcoming remarks, followed by a presentation from the Country Scholarship Coordinator Mr. Anoj Chhetri. Mr. Chhetri spoke of the significance of the award, the different categories, the timeframe, benefits and the eligibility criteria. He stressed the importance of these awards in relation to contribution to the development process of Nepal. Mr. Chhetri shared the core concept behind the award and why these awards are amongst the most prestigious around the globe. The Australian Awards have an available priority sections based on fields of study and an eligibility criteria especially redesigned for women, marginalized groups, and people with disabilities.

Mr. Khyam Bahadur B K, Scholarship Management Associate of Australia Awards and recipient of an Australia Award, spoke of the registration of institution, the value of overseas studies, and the requirement for Doctorate level study supervision. He provided insightful tips on choosing the right university, information on the application procedure and presented the Online Australia Scholarship Information System (OASIS) website as a key resource for applicants.

Other topics on the agenda were selection criteria, age limit, citizenship specification, residency, IELTS requirements, relevant work experience and Nepal Specific Eligibility Criteria. The session concluded with a Q& A session between the audience, Dalit youths from different academic and professional backgrounds, and the presenters.

The next call for the scholarship is scheduled to be published on February 1, 2015 and the application submission deadline is 30 April.

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