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India offers more scholarships to local students

Story by Chikomborero Kanyemba

ZIMBABWE and India continue to strengthen ties in various areas including the education sector, with the Asian giant offering more scholarships to Zimbabweans students.

The Indian embassy in conjunction with Ties Global and Indian Universities this Monday organised a “Study in India” Fair in Harare to equip Zimbabwean students with the requirements needed to get scholarships.

“We decided to host this event in Harare mainly because parents have been questioning us on issues of their children’s security and safety due to the increasing rate of human trafficking and we asked for the support of the Embassy as the assurance of safety,” said co-organiser of the Study in India Fair, Chris Tatenda Tsvarai.

Indian universities took the opportunity to encourage local students to take advantage of the opportunity to boost their career prospects.

“We are here to give scholarships to all Zimbabwean students and we are currently looking for eligible candidates to get the scholarships. We also have separate international services which take care of all they recommend when they are coming to a different country,” said the director of KPR Global EduTech, Dr Manikandan.

The Study in India Fair is also meant to reduce online scams and human trafficking.

“We want to thank the government of India for this program because it is a forum for our Zimbabwean students to meet Indian Universities and get full information about programs on offer. This study in India Program also avoids our students from being involved in human trafficking and scams on scholarships,” said the Deputy Director of Higher Education Programmes in the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Innovation, Science and Technology Development, Ms Maria Adriano.

Indian Ambassador to Zimbabwe His Excellency Vijay Khanduja pledged to play his part in improving relations between the two countries.

“Education is one of the strong pillars of Bilateral relationships. We always cite the name of Prince Dom Miguel from the Munhumutapa kingdom who studied in India in the 17th century and currently, it is estimated that around 3 000 Zimbabwean students are studying in India. We have as I mentioned strong educational ties, we have set up 17 Indo-Zim technology centres, seven of these got the latest CNC machines,” he said.

Zimbabwe and India have strong ties in various sectors, including education and health, to improve people’s livelihoods.

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