The Times of India |
BANGALORE: In a first, the University of South Florida (USF) has named a scholarship after an Indian. The 59-year-old university will offer APJ Abdul Kalam scholarships only to Indian students, said Ralph C Wil cox, provost and executive vice-president at USF. Ralph was in Bengaluru to sign an MoU with NMIMS (Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies) University.
Why have you chosen Kalam’s name for the scholarship? How will it benefit students?
In 2012, he (Kalam) visited our campus and mesmerized stu dents and professors. He is known for integrity, innova tions and a high degree of ex cellence, and we are grateful to have a scholarship in his name. Indian students who get this scholarship will be provided with free education including hostel facilities, in our institutes to pursue re search (PhD) in science, tech nology , engineering and mathematics. The student will get a stipend of $18,000 per annum. This scholarship is not offered for USF’s under graduate and postgraduate programmes. The university currently has over 800 stu dents from India.
How many APJ Abdul Kalam scholarships are offered every year?
Getting this scholarship will not be that easy as it is offered only to one Indian student each year, and the selection process will be tough. We will choose a candidate who can do innovative works like APJ Abul Kalam. Moez Limayem, dean of Muma College of Business, USF, spoke about the university’s initiatives.
What’s the MoU you are signing with NMIMS University?
We will offer a postgraduate certificate programme in analytics and big data for management students. Our faculty will come to Bengaluru and teach. Apart from students of NMIMS, this certificate programme will be open to other students.
What are the other tie-ups USF is planning in India?
We have a partnership with Infosys for many years. Every year, 15 students of USF come to Infosys, Mysuru, in summer and learn software engineering. During the same time, our professors give lectures to Infosys employees on topics like cyber security. – Courtesy / To Apply Click here for details of President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Postgraduate Fellowship – by USF, University of South Florida