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National population and housing census 2011 (NPHC2011), marks a hundred years of census taking in Nepal. Nepal has been conducting population censuses almost decennially and the census 2011 is the eleventh. The first population census was conducted in 1911 A.D. (1968 B.S.). However, the census conducted in 1952/54 is considered to be the first modern census of Nepal introducing internationally comparable concepts, definitions and classifications. Computer processing was introduced for the first time in 1971 census using IBM 1401. NPHC 2011 carries special features of having scientific questionnaires, detailed EA maps for urban and Village Development Committees (VDC) maps for rural areas, ever most inclusive field staff, extensive publicity, independent observance by civil society, most economic operation based on domestic resources and most reliable data processing.

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In 2010, Ministry of Health & Population (MoHP)/Government of Nepal had commissioned a nationally representative household survey on Adolescent and Youth (NAYS). The main purpose of the survey was to generate adolescent and youth specific data that would be useful for formulating policies, plans and programme interventions related to various dimensions of adolescent and youth (A&Y) ages 10-24 years in Nepal. A selected national consulting firm, Rural and Alternative Energy Pvt. Ltd., implemented the survey for MoHP in 2010 and submitted the survey report in August 2011. 

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The 2011 Nepal Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS) provides up-to-date information on the population and health situation in Nepal. The 2011 NDHS is the fourth national Demographic and Health Survey conducted in the country. Repeated surveys allow for an analysis of trends over time. The survey is based on a nationally representative sample. It provides estimates at the national, ecological zone, developmental region, and in some cases, subregional levels.

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