PMB pupils on cloud nine over Indian scholarships

2015-07-09 10:17
Nine Pietermaritzburg pupils have been selected to study in India on full scholarships offered by the Indian Centre for Cultural Relations in Delhi, India, and facilitated by the Midlands Hindu Society. The students received a R5?000 stipend yesterda

Nine Pietermaritzburg pupils have been selected to study in India on full scholarships offered by the Indian Centre for Cultural Relations in Delhi, India, and facilitated by the Midlands Hindu Society. The students received a R5?000 stipend yesterda (Jonathan Burton)

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NINE Pietermaritzburg pupils will be leaving for India on full scholarships to some of the country’s top universities this week.

With the assistance of the Midlands Hindu Society, local pupils grabbed the opportunity to study abroad. The scholarships are offered each year by the Indian Centre for Cultural Relations in Delhi, India.

Apart from their fully-paid tuition, the students will also receive 11 000 rupees (R2 150) per month as a living allowance, 5 500 rupees in book allowance and fully paid flights to and from South Africa.

The nine students also received a R5 000 stipend from the Msunduzi Municipality yesterday.

At yesterday’s Msunduzi sendoff function at the city hall, council speaker Babu Baijoo said the students have been given an opportunity to think outside the box in a vibrant and diverse country.

“With this scholarship abroad, you will not only learn what you need to in your respective study fields but also learn life skills,” said Baijoo.

He added that the students should go with their “South African identity” and come back to serve their country.

The nine students from Pietermaritzburg are Nervasen Padayachee, Dillon Naidoo, Daud Essa, Shekhar Singh, Shakeel Pillay, Shanese Naicker, Sibusisiwe Langa, Mayuri Srikisson and Wendy Zondi.

The bursaries were introduced to South Africa in 1994 and the Indian government has allocated 52 slots for South African students. The students have been allowed to study any field they want, besides medicine.

This year’s nine students will be studying engineering, information technology, bachelor of commerce, traditional dance, fine art, management and pharmacy.

President of the Midlands Hindu Society advocate Ranjiv Nirghin said the students will be studying in universities based between Bangladesh and Nepal.

“There are a lot of different cultures and religions in that area so students will come back with an open mind and vast experience that they wouldn’t normally get here,” said Nirghin.

The society have asked if the positions for South Africans could be increased from 52 to 80 next year.

“My advice to the students would be to go with a positive attitude and represent South Africa positively,” said Nirghin.

“We are grateful and happy for the wonderful opportunity offered to our children.

“We thank the municipality and the Midlands Hindu Society for their assistance,” said one of the parents of the students, Ridwaan Pillay

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