Mozambique selects students to study in India

November 16th, 2011 - 9:36 am ICT by IANS  

Maputo (Mozambique), Nov 16 (IANS) The southwest African nation of Mozambique is selecting students to study in India under a scholarship programme recently provided by an Indian university.

The scholarships are being provided by the O.P. Jindal Global University, based in Sonipat in the northern state of Haryana, state news agency AIM reported.

The scholarships were announced during a recent visit by Mozambique’s first lady Maria da Luz Guebuza to India, where both sides signed an agreement on the cooperation.

Carlos Mussanhane, representative of Mozambique, said the students will be travelling to India next year and the agreement will last for a period of five years.

“Next year, we will start with 10 scholarships for graduate and post graduate degrees and the perspective is that scholarships should increase by five each year until the period agreed terminates,” he said.

The agreement also includes law training of Mozambican staff working in rural areas and non-government organisations.

Mozambique, with a population of around 23.4 million, shares its borders with the Indian Ocean, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and South Africa. It became independent in 1975, and its capital is Maputo. The official language is Portuguese.

There are approximately 20,000 people of Indian origin in Mozambique. People from Gujarat, Goa, Daman and Diu have been living in the African country for more than 500 years, according to the Indian high commission in Maputo.

The O.P. Jindal Global University is a non-profit university established in memory of O.P. Jindal by his son and member of parliament Naveen Jindal.

The university has international collaborations with Harvard University, Yale University, University of Michigan, Cornell University, New York University, King’s College London, University of Cambridge and many other reputed educational institutions.

It has four schools — Jindal Global Law School, Jindal Global Business School, Jindal School of International Affairs and Jindal School of Government and Public Policy.

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