The recruitment staffs of over 15 Indian universities are present in the country for the 2022 edition of the ‘Study in India Expo’ to guide interested students on application processes and the opportunities available.
The education fair, which is slated for the 13th and 14th of June 2022 at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel, is aimed at wooing Ghanaians to study in India which is known to be one of the top five best destinations for tertiary education globally.
Founder and Managing Director, Affairs Exhibitions and Media Ltd. One of the organizing entities, Sanjeev Bolia, touching on what the public should expert at this year’s expo, indicated that the two-day programme will provide relevant information to students on higher education in India, admission criteria & procedure, and scholarships opportunities among other details.
“The rising numbers year on year of foreign students studying in India has made it one of the most lucrative destinations for higher education. We are happy to provide a common platform through study at India Expo to global students and parents in Asia and the Middle East to meet and interact with prestigious Indian institutions,” he said.
He added that beyond the full-time scholarships that will take care of tuition, accommodation, and stipends for upkeep, education in India is one of the most affordable in the world, about five times less than what is paid in Canada and the USA.
According to Association for African Students (AAS), currently, about 25,000 African students are studying in 500 public and private universities across India, and these numbers are likely to grow in the future with increased cooperation between India and Africa.
The expo is supported by the Ministry of Education, High Commission of India Accra, India Africa Trade Council, and Periyar African Foundation.
Speaking as the Chairperson of the press launch of the expo, President of the Ghana Journalist Association, Affail Monney, commended the India High Commission and the other organizing agencies for offering Ghanaians the opportunity to further their education in India, gain expertise and come back to help develop the country.
He further urged journalists and other media practitioners to take advantage of the scholarship opportunities presented by India to improve themselves in the modern world of innovation and advancement in technology.
Shri Sandeep Goel, Head of Study in India, stated that African students who studied in India are now pursuing successful careers in fields like government, management, academic and scientific research, law, Information Technology, and accounting.
“India has been a land of knowledge and believes in sharing it with the world. The study in the India Expo: West Africa aims at highlighting the thriving Indian higher education system and how it can benefit the African students wishing to study in India,” he said.
He added that besides student recruitment, by the participating universities, other key areas of discussion and collaboration include creating an academic partnership, joint research with top African institutions, cultural emersion, and training & professional development.
President, Alumni Association of Ghanaian Trained in India, Dr. Kwadwo Boateng, who also benefitted from a scholarship to study in India narrated that studying in India is interesting and exciting. Adding that unlike China and other countries where foreign students have to study the domestic language for a whole year before the programme of study Indian universities teach in English have no compulsory study of the Indian language.