Students to India to further studies

2015-08-05 06:00

Sidwell Guduka


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students from across the Free State left for India on Monday, 27 July, to further their studies.

They will be studying Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for six months, while the other nine will do pharmaceutical studies.

This is thanks to a ­partnership between the Free State government and Tech Mahindra – an Indian ­multinational provider of information technology, networking technology solutions and business support services to the telecommunications industry.

Thabang Mokoka, chief information officer in the Department of the Premier, said sending the students to India formed part of the resolutions of the Free State ICT Summit which was held in Bloemfontein in June this year.

“It is important that we look into a well-coordinated approach of advancing issues of service delivery through the reconfiguration of the current partisan approach to the ICT to a more collaborative approach that will see the ICT play a more crucial role in advancing the province,” said Mokoka.

The province has sent an additional nine students to India for pharmaceutical studies at the Manipal Medical University in the Kanataka State, India, bringing the number of students who left for the country last week to 59.

“The development of our economy lies in the growth of our people through education,” said Premier Ace Magashule.

“Our focus on education has yielded excellent results over the past five years and we will continue to tirelessly work towards growing and strengthening the professional skills base in the province, and the country as a whole,” he added.

Mapaseka Raputsoane from Botshabelo expressed her delight with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study in a foreign country.

“I am very happy to get this opportunity of furthering my studies in India,” Raputsoane said.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I promise the Free State government to work hard and acquire the necessary skills that will assist in moving the province forward.”

After completing their ICT programme, these students will be placed in various government departments and entities within the province.

Tech Mahindra will also identify students who will perform and put them in their satellite office in South Africa.

) There are currently 100 students from the Free State who are on the Tech Mahindra ICT Programme in India

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