By Abdullahi Jalalalluden
The third batch of 159 graduates, out of the 1,001 indigenous students that graduated with first-class and sponsored by Kano state government to study abroad, have been airlifted to India for their Masters Degree programmes in various discipline.
The graduates departed from Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport on Friday in the afternoon at the presence of Commissioner for Higher Education, Dr Yusuf Kofarmata and other government officials to bid farewell to the beneficiaries.
Speaking immediately after the take off of the flight, Dr Kofarmata said the departure of the third batch is in continuation of the government’s commitment towards implementation of 1,001 postgraduate scholarship programme for 2023/2024.
He said the beneficiaries, when arrived in India, would be taken to seven Indian universities, including Mewar, Sharda, Sri Sai, Swarnnim, SR, Symbiosis and Kalinga University for their Masters Degree programmes.
Dr Kofarmata noted that the students are first class graduate who were meriteriously selected based on their performance in undergraduate.
The Commissioner explained that the beneficiaries would study in internationally competitive areas of professionalism to bridge the manpower gap in the state and across the nation.
“A total of 550 students are the first batch who are going to eight reputable universities to study in internationally competitive areas of professionalism to bridge the manpower gap in the state and across the nation.
“The students are also expected to acquire experience, skills, and knowledge with the view to revamp the state commercial status and explore other potential for socio-economic development,” he said
He recalled that the first batch, comprised of 140 students departed to India immediately after the flagoff ceremony of the programme on October 20, while in the second batch of 33 graduates were airlifted to study in Islamic University, Uganda on October 20.
He said the airlifts of the graduates to study Masters Degree programmes in various universities abroad was in fulfillment of the campaign promises of governor Abba Kabir Yusuf in the state.
The beneficiaries also eulogiesed governor Yusuf for his for the gesture and fulfilment of his campaign promises to revive the policy introduced by the former governor, Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso.
“As you can see the beneficiaries, their parents, well wishers, and other good people of the state are joyously celebrating the policy and continue praying for the success of the government in discharging its duties to the state,” the Commissioner said.