By Abdullahi Yusuf
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 disciplines.
The graduates departed from the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport on Friday and were seen off by the state Commissioner for Higher Education, Dr Yusuf Kofarmata, and other government officials.
Speaking shortly after the exercise, Kofarmata said the departure of the third batch was in continuation of the government’s commitment to the implementation of 1,001 postgraduate scholarship programme for 2023/2024.
He said the beneficiaries would be taken to seven Indian universities including Mewar, Sharda, Sri Sai, Swarnnim, SR, Symbiosis and Kalinga University for their Masters Degree programmes.
He noted that the students are first class graduates selected based on their performance, adding that they would study in internationally competitive areas of professionalism to bridge the manpower gap in the state and 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’s commercial status and explore other potential for socio-economic development,” the commissioner said.
He said the first batch that comprised 140 students departed for India immediately after the flag-off of the programme on October 20, while 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 were in fulfillment of the campaign promises of Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf in the state.