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The government, through the Ghana Scholarships Secretariat, has gone to the rescue of some distressed students pursuing various courses in India who had applied to study there on their own without state support.

The timely intervention will allow the students, who are faced with numerous challenges including the inability to pay their tuition fees, accommodation and feeding, to apply for Government of Ghana scholarships through the Scholarships Secretariat.

This was revealed when the Registrar of the Scholarship Secretariat, Mr Kingsley Agyemang, paid a working visit to India to interact with the Ghanaian students there and find out how best the government could address their challenges.

Addressing the students in India, Mr Agyemang assured them that President Akufo-Addo, after hearing their distress calls, delegated him to come to India to ensure that their challenges were addressed.

To this end, he informed the students that government would allow them to apply for state sponsorship for their education through the Scholarship Secretariat.

He was, however, quick to add that the students would have to meet some criteria before qualifying for the scholarship.

He mentioned the first as ‘scholar,’ which enjoins the students to excel in their various fields of endeavour.

“And secondly, there has to be very strong demonstration of need and the third is whether or not the course you are pursuing is in line with government priority areas,” the registrar said.

Mr Agyemang cautioned the students to be extra careful when embarking on journeys to other countries without making preparation for adequate financial assistance.

“If you do that, it means that you are taking a risk that is too deep and can cost you a lifetime.”

“I know that the probability that you will fail should not deter you from pursuing a cause of action you assume to be just.”

“That notwithstanding, it is important that you take up calculated risks and not just embark on a journey because of the huge opportunities involved,” he cautioned the students.

He told the students that equally good opportunities abound in Ghana, adding that the President in his quest to ensure that the local tertiary level was effective, “has even given marching instructions that it should be decentralised to the districts.”

He said the District Scholarship Review Committee set up across all the districts would receive applications, publish scholarships information, conduct interviews and make recommendations to the Scholarship Secretariat in Accra.

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  1. I really disagree to the topic of this news… I am a student in India, and I happened to be at the meeting that same day(New Delhi). They posted in our groups that there is going to be a scholarship interview, not knowing it was an interaction What do you people mean by “Rescues Distressed Ghanaian Students In India”? You talking as if they promised to give all of us stipends at the end of every month… anyways, we are not “Distressed”. It is the government’s responsibility to assist we students studying abroad. A scholarship that comes with too much eligibility criteria ( Academic Qualification, Academic Year, etc…), is that one too a “Rescue”??? Nobody came to rescue us, for your information. I don’t even know what to say again. You guys should please get your facts straight before making such comments. “Distressed Students”, OMG, GBC…. Did we ever made any comment that we are Distressed here in India? The fact that we need support doesn’t make us distressed.
    I would also like to use this opportunity to thank His Excellency, The High Commissioner In India, His Excellency Prof. Mike Ocquaye for his selfless and hard work. The man is really nice and open to all Ghanaians here

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