Four local students get chance to study in India

Pietermaritzburg - Four Pietermaritzburg students will be leaving for India soon after they were awarded scholarships from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).

Msunduzi mayor Chris Ndlela and Speaker Babu Baijoo wished them well in a short ceremony at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall.

Msunduzi Municipality gave each student a R5 000 stipend toward their trip.

Nhlalonhle Dladla of Henley Dam in Edendale will attend Bangalore University where he will be completing his Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Northdale resident Samendran Naidoo will study toward a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Journalism and English Literature.

Both were due to leave for their destinations yesterday.

Their fellow Pietermaritzburg students Kiyalan Archary and Siyanda Baijoo will leave for India in July.

Archary will be studying toward his honours in a Bachelor of Arts in Instrumental Music in Kolkata.

Baijoo will be studying toward his masters in Visual Arts at the Bangalore University.

The scholarship programme offered the students fully paid return flights from South Africa to India along with a living allowance and house rent.

The university course fees and medical care will be paid for by the ICCR directly to the concerned university.

The Midlands Hindu Society (MHS), the main facilitators for the scholarships, also wished the students well.

President of the MHS Ranjiv Nirghin thanked Msunduzi for their support and for providing stipends for the students.

“We want to wish the students well and wish them all the best in their studies. We would like to see more students apply for these scholarships,” Nirghin said.

Ndlela told the students to work hard and represent the city to the best of their ability.

“We have a long-standing good relationship with India so students must make full use of the opportunity and be good ambassadors of the city,” he said.

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