Accra: President of India Pranab Mukherjee has stressed on the need for a paradigm shift in the way India and Ghana conduct their relations.
The President was addressing the students and faculty of University of Ghana here on Monday (June 13, 2016). He said that both countries should further build on the foundation of mutual goodwill.
Mukherjee said: “We need to define a new positive and create a brighter, innovative and updated narrative of India-Ghana relations. He was confident that the youth of both countries would fit in seamlessly into this renewed and revised model of cooperation. By duly making them stakeholders, we will succeed in reinvigorating our partnership and taking it to a new level.
The President said education is like a lamp, brightly-lit, which should show the way and enlighten many more lives. He called upon the youth of Ghana to employ their learning and knowledge in the service of their society and their nation. He said that he was confident that the coming generations of this great nation, the inheritors of the legacy of the great Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, have the credentials to make their Nation proud.
The President said every year 250 Ghanaian government and semi-government officials receive training in India while about 20 students pursue full-time under-graduate, Masters and Ph.D. programmes on scholarships. He announced that having recognized Ghana’s immense human resource potential, the Government of India has decided to increase seat allocations for Ghana to 300 ITEC slots and increase the number of annual scholarships under other Indian schemes to forty.
Mukherjee said India calls upon students and the faculty of this great university and others to take full advantage of the scholarships and training opportunities announced by India at the India Africa Forum Summit last year. The capacity building dimension of India-Africa relations has been vastly expanded to include research in various fields such as agriculture, bio-technology and other subjects of relevance to their country.