STEVEN MVULA, KELVIN MBEWE, Lusaka
AN INDIAN university, Shimla, has given Zambia 150 scholarships, first secretary at the Zambian High Commission in India Bangwe Naviley has said.
And a group of 72 diplomats accredited to Zambia have mobilised K180,000 to supplement Government’s efforts in equipping youth with survival skills through the Steven Biko Social Centre in Bauleni township in Lusaka.
Shimla University director for admissions, Ajit Nedungadi says 50 are 100 percent scholarships while 100 are at 50 percent.
Dr Nedungadi says the scholarships are specifically for tuition fees while students will cater for their own air tickets, accommodation and state government administrative costs, all estimated at US$1,500 per year.
The scholarships are in the fields of engineering, management, fashion and design, hospitality, law, journalism, architecture and applied sciences.
Dr Nedungadi announced this when he called on Zambia’s High Commissioner to India Judith Kapijimpanga in New Delhi, India.
And Mrs Kapijimpanga commended the Indian government and Shimla for providing a conducive environment for students from Africa and Zambia in particular and said the mission will consult the Ministry of Higher Education in Lusaka to ensure vulnerable students benefit from the scholarships.
Meanwhile, a group of 72 diplomats accredited to Zambia has donated K180,000 to Lusaka’s Steven Biko Social Centre towards its expansion programme.
Honorary Consul of Guinea Bissau to Zambia Franco Nulli says the gesture demonstrates their (diplomats) commitment towards enhancing their bilateral ties and economic co-operation with Zambia.
“Once the organisation expands, it will accommodate a lot of children, which is good. Children are a beacon of the country and must grow in a safe environment,” he said.
And Steven Biko Social Centre director Diego Casinelli thanked the diplomatic club for the gesture, which he said will motivate the youth.
Kenyan High Commissioner to Zambia Sophy Kombe and Honorary Consul of Indonesia in Zambia Levi Zulu were among diplomats that attended the handover ceremony.
And ALVIN CHIINGA reports that Zambian Mission in Turkey intends to embark on an exercise of identifying small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Zambia that would be interested in partnering with prospective Turkish investors to enhance business interests between Zambia and Turkey.
Chargé d’affaires Bwalya Nondo said the move is aimed at enabling Turkish companies at SME level to venture into the Zambian market to explore opportunities with partners that are well- versed with the local market.
Mr Nondo said in a statement issued by first secretary for press at the Zambian mission in Turkey Jerry Munthali yesterday that this is in addition to the mission’s routine of promoting investment opportunities that are available in Zambia to increase Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows into Zambia.
“SMEs are important to Government’s agenda of improving the lives of the citizens through job creation, especially for the youth,” he said.
He said the SMEs will be required to come up with elaborate business proposals to be submitted to potential Turkish business partners through MUSIAD, a Turkish Industrialists and Business Association.