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Public servants graduate in India

Mereseini Marau In New Delhi, India
Saturday, January 26, 2013

Two public servants were among the 41 students from 26 countries who graduated with masters degrees in Human Resource Planning and Development in New Delhi last week.

The graduation was accompanied by a message from the Indian Ministry of External Affairs's joint secretary for Development Partnership Administration, Kumar Tuhin, who encouraged the students to go back to their countries taking back a little bit of India with them.

Public Service Commission employee Mereseini Tora and policeman Mohammed Arif successfully completed their one year course at the Institute of Applied Manpower Research Planning Commission which is affiliated to the Guru Gobind Singh Indrapastha University.

Ms Tora said the course had widened their knowledge and she hoped they would disseminate what they've learnt when they return home.

The duo were thankful that a year long of sacrifice paid off.

"We left our families and work behind and came to India for this degree and we are glad to go back home with degrees," she said.

"I thank the Public Service Commission and the Prime Minister's office for nominating me."

Institute director Santosh Mehrotra said apart from learning, the students from the different countries survived living together on a 15-acre campus.

"You've really done well and learnt a lot during this past year," he said.

Mr Tuhin, from the ministry that facilitated the India Technical and Economic Cooperation scholarships which allowed the students to study in India, thanked the respective governments of the students for nominating them.

"You left behind your work to come and study and I sincerely thank your government for having nominating you," he said during the graduation ceremony."


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