New Delhi offers 125 scholarships to RI

10 May, 2012

As the countries with the largest young populations, India and Indonesia need a lot of money invested in education, according to Indian diplomats in Jakarta.

The Indian Embassy’s second secretary, Pradeep Kumar Gupta, said on Wednesday that close cooperation in the field of education between the two countries has been set up.

This year, the Indian government has offered 125 scholarships to Indonesian students, allowing them to study in India’s universities and institutions.

“We offer 100 scholarships to Indonesians every year under the Colombo Plan of Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation [ITEC],” Kumar said at the “Discovering a Slice of India in University of Al Azhar Indonesia” event in Jakarta.

“We also give another 20 scholarships under the General Cultural Scholarship [GCSS] to pursue undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral degrees at Indian universities.”

The Indian government has also offered around five scholarships to study traditional medicine and languages in the sub-continent.

So far, around 1,500 Indonesian students have become scholarship-recipients.

India, which produces around 400,000 engineering graduates every year and has some 16 million students enrolled at more than 500 higher educational institutions, can offer quality education at an affordable costs.

The Indian Ambassador-designate to Indonesia, Gurjit Singh, said: “We have a large number of dynamic young people in both Indonesia and India. This situation will contribute to a demographic dividend.”

According to the director of the Jawaharlal Nehru Indian Culture Centre, Zuhur H. Zaidi, the “Slice of India” program has been designed to showcase how India has been rising and to promote its rich culture in Indonesia’s premier educational institutions.

It aims to raise awareness about India to young Indonesians.

 

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