Minister Smt. Vibhavariben Dave in Kenya for Study in Gujarat Edu Marketing Campaign
Delegation led by Minister of State for Education holds roadshow in Kenya under ‘Study in Gujarat’ campaign
15th February, 2020 Gandhinagar, Saturday: The ‘Study in Gujarat’ is an initiative by the Department of Education, Government of Gujarat to showcase Gujarat as an education hub of India and invite students from abroad and other states of India to pursue higher education in the state.
A delegation led by Minister of State for Education, Government of Gujarat, Smt. Vibhavariben Dave along with Principal Secretary, Higher and Technical Education, Smt. Anju Sharma organised the international roadshow in collaboration with High Commission of India in Nairobi on 13th February, 2020. Ahead of the roadshow, the delegation called upon Prof. George Magoha, Hon’ble Minister of Education, Kenya. Prof. Magoha welcomed the delegation and agreed to take up the cooperation in education sector ahead between Gujarat and Kenya. The Minister of State for Education also inaugurated the exhibition ahead of the roadshow in the presence of Prof. S. K Kiama, Vice Chancellor, University of Nairobi, Mr. Darius Mogaka Ogutu, Director, Education, Government of Kenya and Mr. Rahul Chhabra, Ambassador of India to Kenya. 16 partner universities provided information about the courses and curriculum of various institutes of Gujarat. The lead partner for the roadshow in Nairobi was Gujarat University. More than 1000 students and parents attended the exhibition.
A large number of educators, principals, teachers, and representatives from universities were present during the roadshow and exhibition in large numbers.
During her address in the roadshow, Smt. Vibhavariben Dave said, “India has a rich history of learning since times immemorial. The country was a home to global hubs of knowledge like Nalanda and Vallabhi. The spirit of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam has been truly reflected in our people. The state has given leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel and our current Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi who puts great emphasis on collaboration through Education. With his inspiration and guidance by our Chief Minister Shri Vijay Rupani, we have initiated the Study in Gujarat program to showcase the achievements of Gujarat in education sector before the world and bring it to your doorstep so that you can also be benefitted by it.”
Principal Secretary Smt. Anju Sharma said, “Entrepreneurship is an integral part of Gujarati culture. Innovative ideas & Start Ups are encouraged through friendly State Level Policies like “Student Startup and Innovation Policy, organizing hackathons and Open Innovation Challenges for students. The state accounts for 46% of the emerging startups in India.Gujarat has opened its arms to students in Africa through the Study in Gujarat program.
Prof. S. K Kiama, Vice Chancellor, University of Nairobi said, “It is a matter of great joy for us that such a large delegation has come from the state of Gujarat to strengthening ties in the education sector. I am also happy to learn that they chose to begin from Kenya in Africa for Study In Gujarat program. I am confident that this will create a bridge of educators, researchers, students and academics between Kenya and Gujarat.”
Mr. Darius Mogaka Ogutu, Director, University of Education said, “I congratulate the delegation for taking up this initiative. It is for the first time that a government led delegation has visited Kenya for the purpose of inviting students to take benefits of their resources in the education sector.”
Mr. Rahul Chhabra, Ambassador of India to Kenya in his welcome remarks said, “India and Kenya share a strong bond. This initiative by the Government of Gujarat will help it strengthen further and I am confident that the student of Kenya will take advantage of Gujarat’s world class education infrastructure and resources.”
The delegation also visited the University of Nairobi and interacted with the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, hands of various departments, students and alumni to explore possible areas of co-operation. Each university representative briefed about various courses, scholarships and areas of research and collaboration in addition to faculty training programs, student exchange programs etc. In all, 18 MOUs were signed in Kenya. PDPU, IIT-RAM, R.K University, Nirma University and Ahmedabad University signed MOUs with University of Nairobi. GTU, Gujarat University, Charusat, Swarnim Startup and Innovation University, Sankalchand Patel University and Veer Narmad South Gujarat University signed MOUs with Mount Kenya University. At Masai Mara university, MOUs were by Gujarat University, Gujarat University, Sankalchand Patel University and Swarnim Startup and Innovation University.
P.S Smt.Anju Sharma signed an MOU between Masai Mara University and i-Hub for co-operation on start-ups.