Almost 27 years after he had completed his MTech from Barkatullah University (BU) in Bhopal, Somalia’s president Hassan Sheikh Mohamud wrote to Indian government, seeking his degree certificate in 2015. The university duly obliged the former student with a special convocation ceremony soon after.
The government has now embarked on a mission to tap the goodwill of many former students such as President Mohamud.
Though India has been running robust scholarship programmes for students from abroad for years, unlike for countries such as the US or France, its efforts to keep track of such students has remained patchy.
The Narendra Modi government seeks to change this by building on the ongoing efforts as well as beginning new ones to help these former students connect with India.
The total scholarship rolled by India for the year 2015-16 was 3, 339. This includes scholarships given by ministry of external affairs, AYUSH Ministry (The Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) and Indian Council for