SAARC Youth Awards





Applications are invited from the Nepalese nationals for the following positions:

Social Secretary, (GSS Category II): one, below 35 years Qualifications: - Bachelor's Degree

-              Typing speed of minimum 50 W.P.M.

-              Knowledge of MS Office essential

-              Fluent in English

Experience: - Minimum 3 year in similar field

(Only shortlisted candidates will be called for the written test & interview) Electrician, (GSS Category Ill): one, below 40 years

Qualifications: - 3 years' diploma course passed in Electrical subject and should be able to speak, read and write in English

Experience: - Minimum 5 years' experience in reputed organization.

(Only shortlisted candidates will be called interview) Gardener, (GSS Category V): one, below 40 years

Qualifications: Minimum SLC passed. Should be able to speak, read and write in English.

Training: Training from recognized instih1te of Nepal

Experience: Minimum 7 years in reputed Nursery or Organization.

(Only shortlisted candidates will be called interview)

Candidates having the above qualifications may apply along with one recent passport-size colour photograph, bio-data and copies of testimonials by 22 January 2024. The applications may be addressed to the Director (Administration), SAARC Secreta1iat, P.O. Box: 4222, Kathmandu, Nepal.

The overall objective of the SAARC Internship Programme (SIP) is to promote awareness about the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) thereby making it widely known in and beyond South Asia through discourse and research in the academia and at the professional level.  Accordingly, the SIP aims at encouraging and facilitating research and studies concerning the Association and its activities by offering internship at the SAARC Secretariat in Kathmandu, Nepal. 


The Secretariat started organizing this programme since 31 May 2004. The Programme may include, at the discretion of the Secretary-General, a period of attachment at any of the relevant SAARC Regional Center.  Under this program, the interested students or researchers will be placed at the SAARC Secretariat in Kathmandu for a period of two weeks to six months, depending upon the need and nature of the projected research work and the requests so made by the prospective internees. The SAARC Secretariat offers internship in two sessions in a year (summer and winter) to try to accommodate as many as students and researchers.


The Secretariat has been regularly receiving requests from students in SAARC Member States and outside the Region for pursuing Internship at the SAARC Secretariat.  On completion of their Internship at the SAARC Secretariat, they submit their research papers in varied areas of interests.  On successful completion of the Internship, the internees are awarded a Certificate by the Secretary General.


In 2019, thirty-three students successfully completed their internship and were awarded certificates. During the period January-August 2020, nine students successfully completed internship and were awarded certificates. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Summer Session of the Internship Programme (May-July 2020) could not take place.

document Guidelines For SAARC Internship Programmme (56 KB)

document SAARC Internship Programme Application Form (64 KB)

The SAARC Youth Awards Scheme was instituted in 1996 to provide recognition to extraordinary young talents and encourage the overall development of the youth in the region. The Scheme is also aimed at encouraging the South Asian youth to excel in various fields and to realize their full potential.

The SAARC Youth Awards Scheme is open to nationals of SAARC Member Countries, who are within the age group of 20-35 years at the time of nomination. The Award consists of a citation in English; a Gold Medal; and a cash prize of US$ 3000.

  • 1997: Outstanding Social Service in Community Welfare - Mr. Md. Sukur Salek (Bangladesh).
  • 1998: New Inventions and Discoveries - Dr. Najmul Hasnain Shah (Pakistan)
  • 2001: Creative Photography: South Asian Diversity - Mr. Mushfiqul Alam (Bangladesh)
  • 2002: Outstanding contribution to protect the Environment - Dr. Masil Khan (Pakistan)
  • 2003: Invention in the Field of Traditional Medicine - Mr. Hassan Sher (Pakistan)
  • 2004: Outstanding contribution to raising awareness for TB and/or HIV/AIDS - Mr. Ajij Prasad Poudyal (Nepal)
  • 2006: Promotion of Tourism in South Asia - Mr. Syed Zafar Abbas Naqvi (Pakistan)
  • 2008: From Himalayan glaciers to verdant plains to coral reefs – protecting the Environment in South Asia - Ms. Uswatta Liyanage Deepani Jayantha (Sri Lanka)
  • 2009: Outstanding contribution to humanitarian works in the aftermath of Natural Disasters - Dr. Ravikant Singh (India)
  • 2010: Outstanding Contribution to protection of Environment and Mitigating Effects of Climate Change - Ms. Anoka Primrose Abeyrathne from Sri Lanka
  • 2011: Youth leadership in the fight against social ills - Mr. Mohamed Faseen Rafiu from the Maldives

A recommendation for instituting an Annual Regional Award for Young Scientists was made by the Working Group on Meteorology at its second meeting in New Delhi as early as December 1982. The Award includes a citation, a bronze medal and an amount equivalent to US$ 500. Up to now, 14 Young Scientists have received the Award. The purpose of the Award is to encourage young scientists of the region working in the field of Meteorology.

SAARC also instituted a separate Award for Senior Scientists in 1997. The purpose of these awards is to encourage excellence in research analysis and outstanding publications in the meteorological field.