Indian Universities: A Magnet for East African Students

Indian Universities: A Magnet for East African StudentsThe students in East African countries are massively heading towards India for higher education as the country’s higher education sector is grooming more and more to redeem its place as the leading destination for students of Africa. Indian universities held workshops in East African countries to provide platform to potential students and parents. H.E. Mr. Sibabrata Tripathi, Indian High Commissioner to Kenya asserted that universities in India have remained popular in Africa because of the quality of education, the use of English, costs and quality. He also noted, “India offers quality higher education at an affordable cost. The use of English as a medium of instruction, reasonable living costs, ethnic, religious and cultural diversity in the country, similarity of life experience in a developing country and the presence of foreign student communities from various countries continue to act as an attraction.”

In recent years, distance education courses offered by Indian institutions are getting popular. India’s reputation as an older and more developed higher education sector enhances as an allurement among students. Furthermore, Indian government’s scholarships to African students acts as an icing on the cake ensuring country’s hold in attracting foreign students especially in Kenya with estimated 100 scholarships each year. According to H.E. Mr. Francis Kaberia the then Kenya’s High Commissioner to India, there are 3,500 students studying in India, Uganda has sent more than 800 students, while Tanzania has around 1,000 students studying mainly in Delhi and Hyderabad.

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I for Afrika an attractive platform..

I FOR AFRIKA

for Afrika” held on 3rd-5th October, 2013 at ITC Maratha, Mumbai presented an attractive platform for Africa & India to have exchange of business views and discussed current opportunities accessible for both these nations. The event mainly aspired to augment business partnerships amongst Indian and African entrepreneurs with its focus on sectors of high priority, enhancing capacity building initiatives and resources mobilization programs; thereby play a pivotal role as a facilitator for exchange of business. The three day event entailed cultural events, networking sessions, launching of their annual publication, B2B meetings and outdoor visits.

Africa: Don’t fear what makes the grass green

The pirate situation around the horn of Africa is getting worse, pirates are robbing ships carrying goods, and wealth that they do not have they have decided to take it by force. Ivory Coast is going around in circles; Zimbabwe is filled with hate and boiling. Every Nigerian outside Nigeria is proud to be Nigerian, Haiti is a hell on earth, and Ethiopia never went far from the days off Mengistu.

Africa: Don't fear what makes the grass green
Tanzania is a model of ethnic tolerance and stability with a GDP per capita of US$1 400, it is less than that of Ivory Coast, a country clearly that has no ethnic tolerance. All these thoughts would be disheartening, why the mess?

It is time to be honest with ourselves and accept a thing is a thing, A is A, an orange is just that, an orange and nothing more. Most excuses in Africa are usually the same, I found it like this, they are doing it why can’t I? What are you going to do? Firstly if you find dirt in your home, do you not usually try and clean it, one does not say I found it like this and goes to bed in dirt. They are doing it, why can’t I, well then everybody will aspire to be a thief, everybody joins a political party in order to steal, if they do not get the chance they blame the corruption on the ruling elite only because they did not get the chance to steal. We must question ourselves, then we can question the world.

A society willing to question itself and look for solutions is a society beginning to respect the mind, it is moving away from mysticism, it is hoping in the faculties of the human, not hoping in the unknown of the esoteric, calling it African science like Nigerians, making up excuses for failing in real science, being known only for fraud around the world, fraud implying lies and deceit. Science is not a lie, a thing is, you cannot claim something is without proving it is, real science knows and improves on the tangible knowledge base, fraud is just that hot air, learnt from leaders who themselves are fraudsters.

All humans who do not accept mysticism want to build societies that respect the citizenry. You cannot expect Mugabe who believes that refined diesel can come from a rock, you cannot expect him to build a society that respects human beings, because to respect human beings is to respect their minds, not understanding that diesel must be refined, a technique discovered by a human mind, but believing it can be wished is to hate the human being, because one cannot appreciate that things are created. The pirate not understanding that goods are created goes and robs ships of the coast of Africa, not believing that they are capable of making those very goods, and those ships will carry the products of their mind across the world.

Africans must not fear what makes the grass green, it takes disciplined mind to answer the question what makes the grass green. It takes a progressive society to appreciate people who want to answer the question what makes the grass green. A progressive society questions things, from politics, to constitutions, to science, and to the arts.

Mystic

If one answers the question that the grass is green because, God, nature, the spirit made it so and it can not be known, that one is a mystic and a dangerous person if ever they are put in charge of anything, such people can justify genocide, can justify racism, justify looting, God made it so it is the way of the world. To answer the question why the grass is green, and one says the grass is green because of special cells that plants use to create organic compounds from water and carbon dioxide, then that person believes in a better future for all mankind, that man believes in the progression of society.

Is there a point to this, half of Africa cannot feed itself, yet the science for improving food is taking place far away from Africa, Aids ravages Africa, yet the research takes place half a world away, Africans even protest that the medicine is too expensive, well have proper societies that want to progress and the medicine will be created in Africa, a mind is just a mind, no matter what whites tell you, all societies that respect the mind can find solutions to the crises that they face. A society must let a man discover the truth, otherwise that society is built on mysticism.

Societies that seek the truth are enduring, for they do not exist for today, but for tomorrow. Mubarak, Mobuto, these are people who lived for the moment, that is why they robbed their people, that is why the West liked them, a society that respects knowledge thinks about its future, that society is not a fraud, that society will not be run by fraudsters.

Let us not fear knowledge, any knowledge, let us not fear to ask the question why is the grass green and really dig into it. Is it important? Yes one day with enough discipline and patience we will know the workings of plants, we will not have to genetically interfere with plants to increase food sources, we will find a way to mimic plants and mix carbon dioxide and water in factories and have artificial photosynthesis, and there the world is fed and environmental degradation stops. Knowledge is built upon knowledge.

Respecting knowledge is about not doing things our forefathers did it, or even our fathers if there is a better way, but if our forefathers can not be improved upon, do not change something for the sake of it. Hiding behind that is the way I found it just will not cut it anymore, we need to ask why is the grass green, we need to ask what society best allows people to investigate the reasons for the grass being green.