New ERA's main goal is to provide an independent Nepalese perspective in the design, implementation and assessment of development policies & programs by employing a wide range of quantitative, qualitative and PRA methodologies.  
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5. Nationwide Scholarship Program of SEBS

The Nationwide Scholarship Program (NSP) was started by the students of Budhanilkantha Students in 1991 with the broad educational objective of helping underprivileged Nepalese children. The program was incorporated as one of the programs of the Society of Ex Budhanilkantha Students (SEBS), alumni of Budhanilkantha School, in 1993. NSP provides scholarships for the students studying grade eight to ten in governmental schools. Till now NSP has sponsored 500 students from 54 districts.

New ERA and NSP engaged in a joint program to support students with scholarships for 3 years, starting from  2008. New ERA provided Rs. 250,000 to SEBS Nepal so these students may continue their education. Students were chosen from Low Human Development Index (HDI) districts: Doti, Kailali, Rukum, Sindhupalchowk, Mahottari and Sankhuwasabha. This joint scholarship was provided to 20 students (12 girls and 8 boys) in selected schools of these districts. New ERA Board members and NSP members jointly reviewed over 100 applicants, from which 20 students were selected from 6 low HDI districts. The selected students are from poor households and marginalized castes/groups. The program was in operation until 2010.