Students to study in India

2016-06-08 06:00
Msunduzi Municipality recently held a   congratulatory meeting with four youths from Pietermaritzburg, who will study in India. At the meeting (back from left) Kiyalan Archary, Nhlalonhle Dladla, Siyanda Baijoo, Samendran Naidoo, and (front, from left) Ranjiv Nirghin, Msunudzi Municipal mayor councillor Chris Ndlela, Naresh Amichand and Msunduzi  Municipal speaker Babu Baijoo. PHOTO: kailene pillay

Msunduzi Municipality recently held a congratulatory meeting with four youths from Pietermaritzburg, who will study in India. At the meeting (back from left) Kiyalan Archary, Nhlalonhle Dladla, Siyanda Baijoo, Samendran Naidoo, and (front, from left) Ranjiv Nirghin, Msunudzi Municipal mayor councillor Chris Ndlela, Naresh Amichand and Msunduzi Municipal speaker Babu Baijoo. PHOTO: kailene pillay

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FOUR former pupils from Pietermaritzburg have been selected for the fourth year of the African­ Scholarship Scheme (ASS) offered­ by the Indian Council for Cultural relations (ICCR), to study in various tertiary institutions in India.

Siyanda Baijoo (22), Samendran Naidoo (18), Kiyalan Archary (20) and Nhlalonhle Dladla (26) will be jetting off to begin their academic careers­, which start in either June or July in India­.

Speaking to Maritzburg Fever, Naidoo said it was his first time out of the country and he cannot wait to begin the new life path set out for him. He will be completing a three-year Bachelor of Arts Degree in psychology, journalism and English literature in Bangalore.

“I am so excited, and of course nervous, but I am going to south India, which is very beautiful and, even though I’m Indian, I will be a foreigner there, but I’m ready for the challenge,” said the former Woodlands Secondary matriculant.

It will be Archary’s first time out of the country and he will be completing a three-year degree in instrumental music in Kolkata.

Archary, who matriculated from Heather Secondary, said music has always been his passion and he is excited to learn the art in India.

“There are mixed emotions, sad to be leaving my family but I’m ready for the journey and experience,” he said.

The students were recently acknowledged by Msunduzi Municipality mayor, Chris Ndlela, who urged them to remember to fly the Pietermaritzburg and South African flag high and make the city proud.

“You are going to India as the chosen few. Ensure that you are good ambassadors in India because we have deep relationships with the country. Make full use of this opportunity but come back home to plough your skills into the community. Congratulations to both you and your families.”

This is the fourth consecutive year that former Pietermaritzburg­ pupils will be participating in the ICCR scholarship programme. The scholarships offers return flights from South Africa to India, along with a living and house rent allowance.

The university course fees and medical fees are paid by ICCR directly to the respective universities. In addition to this the municipality gave each one a stipend of R5 000.

Ranjiv Nirghin, chairman of the Midlands Hindu Society that facilitates the scholarships, thank-ed the Indian Consulate for making these scholarships available to the Pietermaritzburg­ youth and thanked Msunduzi Municipality for its continued support and for the stipend given to them.

“We are grateful to all stakeholders who made this possible and we are hoping to strengthen our relationships and grow our partnerships so that more students are able to participate. To the students, take full advantage of the scholarship, but come back to enrich our country,” said Nirghin.

ASS offers degrees, diplomas and certificate courses in the field of arts, fine arts, IT, commerce and science. For pupils wishing to study engineering courses, it is mandatory that they have physics, chemistry and mathematics in their school-leaving examinations with 60% marks.

Applicants must be proficient in English and have a valid passport for the duration of course before submitting the application.

Visit http://www.iccrindia.net for more information about applications for the 2017 academic year or contact Naresh Amichand of Midlands Hindu Society at 083 475 5751 or email nareshamichand108 @gmail.com

‘You are going to India as the chosen few. Ensure you are good ambassadors in India because we have deep relationships with the country’

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