High commissioner pushing for Jamaicans to study in India

Monday, March 27, 2017

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JAMAICANS are now taking up scholarships to study in India, Indian High Commissioner to Jamaica Shri Sevala Naik told yesterday’s Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange.


The high commissioner confirmed that previously there were no responses to between 15 and 25 scholarships advertised locally annually, but said things have now changed.


"There used to be, I believe, 25 slots [but] there were no takers from even government employees. Since the time I came and campaigned aggressively I got all 15 seats (scholarships) done this year," he stated.


Naik was assigned to Jamaica last August after serving in Munich, Germany, as consul general in the Indian embassy.


"… We have a programme [for] technical and educational training under which every year we offer scholarships for Jamaican Government employees to go to India and study. The study period could be from two weeks to six months to one year and the entire cost is borne by the Government of India," Naik explained.


He said while scholarships for children of Indian origin are available and advertised, "we don’t get any response from the Indians".


The high commission, he said, has requested 25 scholarships for the upcoming year, which he said begins next month, and there is already interest.


But he thinks that not enough advertising has been done to attract Jamaicans to apply for scholarships in India.


"Maybe we’re not reaching out to them because we advertise through our website and we e-mail some prominent people [but] we may not be reaching out to the countryside," the high commissioner noted when asked about the lack of uptake in scholarships previously. "…So probably this time now we will make it (advertising) more aggressive."


— Jediael Carter

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