By Innocent Anguyo
Makerere University College of Computing and Information Sciences (CoCIS) and Amity University Uttar Pradesh (AUUP) have partnered to offer scholarships for five courses to Ugandans.
Under the partnership sponsored by the Indian government, students will attend lectures conducted by Amity University dons through video conferencing.
There is a large lecture theatre at CoCIS where the students will attend classes. Although, lectures are held at Makerere, assessment is done by Amity.
The courses on scholarship include Master of Business Administration in International Business, Master of Financial Management, Post graduate Diploma in Information Technology, Post graduate Diploma in French and Diploma in Business Management.
A student must have a Bachelor’s degree in any field to be eligible for admission to masters and post graduate diploma programme.
The master programme will take two years while the postgraduate diploma is only for a year.
Two principle passes at A’level and good credit passes in English and Mathematics at O’level is a prerequisite to enroll on the six-month Diploma course.
However, the students pay subsidized functional fees of not more than sh500, 000 to Amity.
According to CoCIS spokesperson Maria Muzaaki, interested students can pick application forms and Cash deposit slips from the Front office, School of Computing and IT and make payments to DFCU Bank (Account Name: School of Computing & IT, Account No. 01L2550588800).Application fee is sh100,000.
“The filled applications together with photocopies of the academic documents and other supporting documents plus the deposit slips should be brought to Makerere University School of Computing and IT Block A front office not later than 30th April 2014,” said Muzaaki.
This scholarship collaboration was rolled-out in 2009 when the Governments of Uganda and India signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) geared towards the implementation of the Pan African e-Network Project in Uganda.
The project was flagged-off in 2004, by the then Indian president Dr. Abdul Kalam, who proposed to set up a pan African network to connect all 53 African Union member countries with the best universities and specialty hospitals in India.
Being one the highest ranked University in East Africa, Makerere was subsequently chosen to serve as the regional center to rollout the initiative. To date, the collaboration has graduated 700 Ugandans.
Though the project was slated to end this year, the acting Indian Ambassador to Uganda, Rajesh Gawande urged Uganda to seek renewal. The project will run for two more years.