Elandskop graduate to study in India

2016-06-15 06:00
PHOTO: nokuthula khanyile Nhlalonhle Dladla left on Sunday for a two-year scholarship in India.

PHOTO: nokuthula khanyile Nhlalonhle Dladla left on Sunday for a two-year scholarship in India.

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NHLALONHLE Dladla (26), from Henly Dam in Elandskop, is one of four Pietermaritzburg youngsters, who on Sunday, jetted off to India after receiving a fully-paid scholarship from the Indian consulate as part of its African Scholarship Scheme.

The government of India offers 52 South Africans an opportunity to pursue their undergraduate and postgraduate studies in India.

Dladla, a geometrics engineering graduate from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, says the opportunity couldn’t have come at a better time.

“I am very excited about the opportunity I have been given. I actually didn’t intend applying for the scholarship, I was busy job hunting and in my search ended up at the Indian consulate offices in Durban.

“They told me they didn’t have any vacancies, but suggested I apply for one of their postgraduate scholarships to further my studies. I did and as they say, the rest is history.”

He will be attending a two-year course doing his Masters in business administration (MBA) in IT and entrepreneurship development.

“When I got the call last month, I had started working in La Lucia, but decided to quit because I saw this as an opportunity of a lifetime with long-term benefits,” he said.

He said it will not be easy leaving his mother behind.

“I will miss my family, especially my mother. I am also sad I will not be around for the birth of my first child in three months’ time, but it’s one of those sacrifices I have to make.”

Bidding farewell to awardees last Friday, Msunduzi Municipality Mayor Chris Ndlela said: “Congratulations to all of you on being chosen. Make full use of this opportunity that has been given to you.

“When you have completed your studies come back and plough back into the community of this city.”

Ndlela urged them to not bring into disrepute the relationship the city has with India.

“We have a long-standing relationship with the people of India, please consolidate it.

“Go there and be good ambassadors of the City of Pietermaritzburg.”

The students will each received a stipend of R5 000 from Msunduzi Municipality.

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