The Council for Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT) has decided to provide free vocational education to dalit students of Karnali zone and the students from the Chepang community across the country, said member secretary at the CTEVT, Dr Ramhari Lamichhane.
Prior to this, CTEVT has been providing such vocational education to the underprivileged children in Terai regions.
Under this special scholarship scheme, students will be provided cost-free education in nursing, general medicine, civil engineering, among other academic programmes.
Some 800 students were provided such facility last year and 400 more would be included from this year, CTEVT sources said.
Such programme was launched for the Muslim and dalit students since 2066/067 BS and has been extended to include the Chepang students this year.