The Indian High Commission in Guyana has announced the availability of 44 scholarships for undergraduate, post, graduate and doctoral studies in Universities and Institutions in India for the academic year 2012 to 2013.
A release from the High Commission of India to Guyana stated that the scholarships, four of which will be offered under the Commonwealth Scholarship Plan and 25 undergraduate and 15 post graduate scholarships under the Commonwealth 50th Anniversary Endowment Fund Scholarship Scheme would be administered by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.
The prestigious institutions in India will offer a tuition package that includes a prospective candidate, international air fare, tutor, stipend, contingent grant; accommodation or house rent allowance, thesis and dissertation expenses. The medium of instruction will be English. Last year over 90 students, the majority of whom were youths, successfully completed bachelor’s and post graduate degrees overseas in various academic fields through scholarship offers.
The studies were pursued in Cuba, India, New Zealand, the United States of America, the Commonwealth Secretariat, United Kingdom, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica in the areas of medicine, architecture, agriculture, engineering, agronomy, veterinary medicine and computer science. Up to late last year over 2,800 Guyanese would have benefitted from tertiary level training through scholarship opportunities made possible under the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) administration, an achievement which Minister of Public Service Dr. Jennifer Westford said is unparalleled.
The initiative intensified in 2006 when then President Bharrat Jagdeo and then Cuban President Fidel Castro sealed a deal for 500 scholarships in medicine. Veterinary doctors and engineers, agricultural scientists, meteorologists, engineers, agronomists were later included in the cadre of trained professionals. Within this group are several from hinterland communities who have returned as medical doctors and are serving their communities.