Kathmandu, March 27 -- As Nepal prepares for the 12th National Population and Household Census, there is much happening behind the scenes before thousands of enumerators fan out across the country knocking door-to-door.

Scheduled for 8-22 June, this is thefirst census under a federal systemand the most inclusive and ambitious since the first count was done in 1911.

Since the census happens once every 10 years, those involved are usually new and need extensive training. TheCentral Bureau of Statistics(CBS) has devised three levels of training at the central, provincial and local levels.

Three program sessions were completed as part of the central-level training in early March, during which 200 officials were brought up to speed to opera...