5.2.07

NIIT announces scholarship package of 50,000 dollars for students

The National Institute of Information Technology (NIIT) is to offer a scholarship package of 50,000 dollars to Ghana as the nation turns 50, Mr Kapil Gupta, Managing Director of NIIT Ghana, has announced. He said the money would be spent to train 50 students to become the best application developers and programmers in the country adding that the modalities of those who qualify for the package were being worked out and would be out soon to synchronise with Ghana at 50 celebrations. Mr Gupta was speaking at the NIIT Class of 70 Information Technology (IT) Exposition and the third graduation ceremony of the Kumasi Centre of the Institute in Kumasi on Friday. The ceremony was on the theme: “Developing Ghana@50 with NIIT”. He emphasised that this was the Institute’s gift to Ghana on its remarkable landmark and also a means to express felicitations to the nation. Mr Gupta said Information Communication Technology (ICT) presented a unique opportunity as the key driver in the socio-economic transformation in the areas of wealth creation, eradication of poverty and improved quality of life of people. The MD stressed that its impact on employment creation in both IT and non IT related verticals like health, insurance and banking was very compelling. He called on the graduates to work assiduously not for themselves but for the nation at large, not just to maximise their personal wealth but the national income all as a way to bridge the digital divide and to create an enabling environment for better future. Mr Brandy Mensah, Kumasi Centre Manager, urged the graduates to try to be excellent pace-setters and demonstrate that the destiny and success of the nation lied in the hands of Ghanaians and not outsiders. He said graduation was a change of era and advised them to forget all the conflicts and negative experiences during the course because the future was about what they would do and not what they should have done. One hundred and fifty graduates were honoured with certificates in Software, Hardware, Networking as well as IT in business skills.GNA

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