India Afghanistan and India Africa Fellowship

India-Afghanistan Fellowship Program was started in 2010-11 with 115 fellowships every year for pursuing Master’s and Ph.D. in Indian Agricultural Universities (AUs), with the aim to support the agricultural human resource development in Afghanistan through formal education in India. The program was later revised to provide 614 fellowships for 50% Bachelor’s; 30% Master’s and 20% Ph.D. Programs, over a period of 2012-13 to 2020-21. The scheme has been implemented through the Department of Agricultural Research & Education (DARE) as per the norms of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

Upshots of the Program

Academic Year: 2010-11

  • A total of twenty one candidates were recommended to 14 Indian AUs.
  • Out of them, 10 candidates joined their respective programmes at 9 Indian AUs.
  • Six candidates of the batch (2010-11) pursuing their Master’s programme have completed and four have left the programme.

Academic Year: 2011-12

  • A total of 51 (50 Master’s and 1Ph.D) candidates were recommended to various Indian AUs during the year.
  • Three candidates (Master's) recommended in the year 2010-11, could only join their respective programmes, as the applications were received late in September and subsequently recommended to the AUs.
  • All three have completed their programme.

Academic Year: 2012-13

  • A total of 193 candidates (including 49 candidates of previous year) have been recommended in various Indian AUs.
  • Forty nine (49) candidates (20 UG; 29 PG) have joined their respective programmes in 18 Indian AUs.
  • Seventeen (12 Bachelor's and 5 Master's) fellows left in mid (without completion).
  • Out of remaining 32 candidates, 31 (7 Bachelor's; 24 Master’s) have completed their programme successfully.

 

 Academic Year: 2013-14

  • Sixty new applications have been received. A backlog of 154 candidates (previous years) have also been reconsidered.
  • Sixty seven (35 Bachelor’s and 32 Master’s) candidates have joined their respective programmes in different AUs.
  • Twelve candidates (9, Bachelor's; 3 Master's) have left the programme in mid.
  • Thirty candidates (1 Bachelor's; 29 Master's) have completed their programme successfully.

Academic Year: 2014-15

  • A total of 116 Afghan candidates (85 Master’s and 31 Bachelor’s) have been recommended for admission in Indian AUs.
  • Out of which 40 (Master’s 31 and 09 Bachelor’s) candidates have joined the programme.
  • Twenty four candidates of Master's programme have completed the programme.
  • Three candidates (2 Master's & 1 UG programme) have left the programme in mid.

Academic Year: 2015-16

  • span style="font-size: 12.0pt; line-height: 115%;">A total of 64 Afghan candidates (13 Bachelor’s; 51 Master’s) have been recommended for admission in Indian AUs.
  • Out of which 30 (4 Bachelor’s; 26 Master’s) candidates have joined the programme.
  • Three candidates (2 Bachelor’s; 1 Master’s) have left the programme in mid.
  • One PG student has completed the programme.

Academic Year: 2016-17

  • A total of 123 Afghan candidates (20 Bachelor’s; 103 Master’s) have been recommended for admission in Indian AUs.
  • Out of which 44 (5 Bachelor’s; 39 Master’s) candidates have joined the programme.
  • One candidate of Bachelor's programme have left the programme in mid.

Academic Year: 2017-18

  • A total of 168 (15 UG; 142 PG; 11 Ph.D) Afghan candidates have been recommended for admission in Indian AUs.
  • Out of which 51 (3 Bachelor’s; 48 Master’s) candidates have joined the programme.
  • Two candidate of Master's programme have left the programme in mid.
  • Two candidates of Ph.D programme are awaited to join in second semester.

 

Status at a Glance

 

Status of Admission

 

Academic years

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

Total

Candidates  joined

Bachelor’s

---

---

20

35

09

04

05

03

076

Master’s

10

03

29

32

31

26

39

48

218

Ph.D.

---

---

--

nil

--

---

---

---

--

Total

10

03

49

67

40

30

44

51

294

Candidates  left (in between without degree)

Bachelor’s

---

---

12

09

01

02

01

---

25

Master’s

04

---

05

03

02

01

---

02

17

Total

04

---

17

12

03

03

01

02

42

Candidates  completed the Programme

Bachelor’s

---

---

07

01

      ---

---

---

---

08

Master’s

06

03

24

29

      24

01

---

---

87

Total

06

03

31

30

      24

01

---

---

95

                       

 

India Africa fellowship programme under IAFS I has come out successfully. Under this programme 75 fellowships (50 Master’s and 25 Ph.D. programme) were offered each year for a period of four years (2010-14) to the nationals of African continent to pursue Master’s and Ph.D. programmes in varied disciplines of Agriculture at Indian Agricultural Universities (AUs). A total of 195 candidates (119 Master's & 76 Ph.D.) have been enrolled under IAFS I. Table 1 and Fig. 1 represents per year data on candidates enrolled under India-Africa fellowship Programme. Country and gender wise data is presented in Table II A, B and Fig 2. During session 2013-14, seven candidates (2 PG & 5 PhD), could not join on time, hence started their programme in academic session 2014-15.

 

 

Table 1.

India-Africa Fellowship Programme - Year-wise Enrolment Status (2010-15)

Academic Year

Enrolled Students

Masters

PhD

Total

Male

Female

 Total

Male

Female

 Total

2010 - 11

27

7

34

14

1

15

49

2011 - 12

16

10

26

16

0

16

42

2012 - 13

16

2

18

12

2

14

32

2013 – 14

34

5

39

22

4

26

65

2014 – 15

2

0

2

3

2

5

07

Total

95

24

119

67

9

76

195

 

 

             

Fig 1

Fig.1

 

Table II A.

 

STUDENTS ENROLLED UNDER AFRICA-INDIA FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME Country wise &Gender wise

 

No

Scholar's

Country of Origin

Number of Candidates Enrolled

Masters

PhD

Total

Male

Female

 Total

Male

Female

Total

1

Benin

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

2

Botswana

3

0

3

0

1

1

4

3

Burundi

2

0

2

1

0

1

3

4

Cameroon

0

0

0

3

0

3

3

5

D.R. Congo

0

0

0

1

0

1

1

6

Egypt

2

1

3

3

1

4

7

7

Eritrea

1

0

1

1

0

1

2

8

Ethiopia

17

2

19

12

2

14

33

9

Ghana

7

2

9

2

0

2

11

10

Kenya

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

11

Lesotho

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

12

Liberia

4

1

5

1

0

1

6

13

Malawi

18

1

19

1

0

1

20

14

Mozambique

0

0

0

1

0

1

1

15

Namibia

0

2

2

0

0

0

2

16

Niger republic

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

17

Nigeria

14

2

16

18

1

19

35

18

Rwanda

4

3

7

1

0

1

8

19

Seychelles

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

20

Sierra Leon

1

0

1

1

1

2

3

21

Somalia

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

22

Sudan

5

3

8

11

2

13

21

23

Swaziland

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

24

Tanzania

3

5

8

4

1

5

13

25

Uganda

5

0

5

2

0

2

7

26

Zambia

3

0

3

1

0

1

4

27

Zimbabwe

1

0

1

3

0

3

4

Total

95

24

119

67

9

76

195

 

Table II B.

 

GRADUATED STUDENTS UNDER AFRICA-INDIA FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME

- Country wise &Gender wise

 

No

Scholars

Country of Origin

Number of Candidates completed

Masters

PhD

Total

Male

Female

Total

Male

Female

Total

1

Benin

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

2

Botswana

3

0

3

0

1

1

4

3

Burundi

2

0

2

1

0

1

3

4

Cameroon

0

0

0

3

0

3

3

5

D.R. Congo

0

0

0

1

0

1

1

6

Egypt

2

1

3

3

1

4

7

7

Eretria

1

0

1

1

0

1

2

8

Ethiopia

13

2

15

11

2

13

28

9

Ghana

7

2

9

2

0

2

11

10

Kenya

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

11

Lesotho

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

12

Liberia

4

1

5

1

0

1

6

13

Malawi

17

1

18

1

0

1

19

14

Mozambique

0

0

0

1

0

1

1

15

Namibia

0

2

2

0

0

0

2

16

Niger Republic

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

17

Nigeria

14

2

16

18

1

19

35

18

Rwanda

4

3

7

1

0

1

8

19

Sierra Leon

1

0

1

1

0

1

2

20

Sudan

5

3

8

10

0

10

18

21

Swaziland

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

22

Tanzania

3

5

8

4

1

5

13

23

Uganda

5

0

5

2

0

2

7

24

Zambia

3

0

3

1

0

1

4

25

Zimbabwe

1

0

1

3

0

3

4

Total

89

23

112

65

6

71

183

 

 

 

Fig 2

Fig.2 COUNTRY-WISE ENROLMENTS (IAFS I)

 

 

Participation of African Countries: Since the inception year (2010-11), a total of 195 candidates from 27 countries have been enrolled. Nigeria, Ethiopia, Sudan and Malawi countries are having maximum number of beneficiaries under programme. Nigerian, Ethiopian and Sudanese have maximum enrolments for doctoral (Ph.D.) programmes (Table IIA). Two candidates of Cameroon and each from Ethiopia, Tanzania, Liberia, Kenya, Mozambique, Malawi, Uganda, Nigeria and Cameroon extended their programme maximum up to six months. Four candidates from Ethiopia and one from Malawi and Somalia have left in mid without completing the programme due to ill health and domestic reasons.

 

 

  Participation of Host Universities: Thirty six (36) State Agriculture Universities have contributed to enrol African candidates under IAFS. Indian Agriculture Research Institute, New Delhi TNAU Coimbatore and PAU Ludhiana has enrolled maximum number of African candidates (Table IV).

 

Table III

 

Number of fellows enrolled in Indian Agricultural Universities under India-Africa Fellowship Programme (2010-15)

Sr. No.

Indian Agriculture University

Candidates

 

Indian Agriculture Research Institute,  New Delhi

16

 

Tamil nadu Agriculture University, Coimbatore

15

 

Punjab Agricultural University,  Ludhiana

13

 

University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad

12

 

Maharana Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth,  Rahuri

11

 

Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agriculture University, Hyderabad

11

 

Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University,  Hisar

10

 

University of Agricultural Sciences, Raichur

10

 

Dr Balesahab Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth, Dapoli

09

 

Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth, Akola

06

 

Junagarh Agriculture University, Junagarh

06

 

Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Jabalpur

06

 

Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur

06

 

National Dairy Research Instiute,  Karnal

06

 

Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture & Technology, Udaipur

05

 

Orissa University of Agriculture &Technology,  Bhubneshwar

05

 

University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore

05

 

Vasantrao Naik Marathwada Krishi Vidyapeeth, Parbani

05

 

Anand Agricultural University, Anand

04

 

Swami Keshwanand Rajasthan Agricultural University, Bikaner

04

 

Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai

03

 

Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry, Solan

03

 

Sardarkrushinagar-Dantiwada Agricultural University, Dantiwada

03

 

Tamilnadu Veterinary &Animal Sciences University, Chennai

03

 

University of Horticultural Sciences, Bagalkot

03

 

CSK Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidyalaya, Palampur

02

 

Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana

02

 

Navsari Agricultural University, Navsari

02

 

Sardar Ballabh Bhai Patel University of Agriculture & Technology, Meerut

02

 

Indian Veterinary Research Institute

01

 

Dr YSR Horticultural University, West Godavari

01

 

Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar

01

 

Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya,  Raipur

01

 

Karnataka Veterinary, Animal & Fisheries Sciences University, Karnatka

01

 

Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Hisar

01

 

Rajasthan University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Bikaner

01

                             Total Candidates

195

 

Major disciplines pursued by African candidates under IAFS: Agriculture Economics remained the main area of study pursued by African (Fig. 3). Agronomy and Animal Science fields comes next to Economics.

   

 

 

Fig 3

Fig.3. Agriculture and its allied disciplines allotted to Africans (2010-15)

 

 

                                                                                         

           BRIEF ON INDIA AFRICA FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME- IAFS III

        

Based on the concept of IAFS I, IAFS III, programme has been implemented from academic session 2017-18 under allotment of 100 seats (75 PG and 25 Ph.D), per annum. Slot of 500 candidates need to be filled under IAFS III. Monthly fellowship @ 18,000/- for PG students;  22,000/- for Ph.D students, medical insurance @. 2,000/- per year per student and Institutional fee @  2,68,000/- per year is prescribed on each enrolment. Till date, a total of 34(25 PG; 9 Ph.D) candidates have joined under IAFS III.

                                              

 

Country-wise status                                                 As on 16.11.17

Sr. No.

Country

No. of Applications Screened

Recommendations from ICAR

Acceptance from University

Candidates Joined

Remarks

1.       

Botswana

48 (PG)

41 (PG)

19 (PG)

  13 (PG)

1- declined offer

2.       

Egypt

5 (3 PG; 2 Ph.D)

5 (3 PG; 2 Ph.D)

3 (PG)

  2(PG)

1 left; 1 terminated

3.       

Ethiopia

22 (9 PG;13 Ph.D)

14 (3 PG; 11 Ph.D)

6 (2PG; 4 Ph.D)

10 (2 PG; 8 Ph.D)

3 (1PG; 2 Ph.D)

4.       

Ghana

1 Ph.D

1 Ph.D

Not Eligible

Nil

Nil

5.       

Malawi

1 PG

1 PG

1 PG

Nil

Nil

6.       

Seychelles

1 PG

1 PG

1 PG

Nil

Willing to join in 2018-19

7.       

Tanzania

47 (38 PG; 9 Ph.D)

34 (26 PG; 8 Ph.D)

21(16 PG; 5Ph.D)

7 (6 PG; 1Ph.D)

 

8.       

Uganda

2 PG

2 PG

2 PG

1(PG)

 

9.       

Sudan

6 (2  PG; 4 Ph.D)

3 (2 PG; 1 Ph.D)

2PG

1(PG)

Nil

10.   

Mauritius

2 PG

Nil

Nil

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---

       Total

135(106 PG;29 Ph.D)

102 (79 PG; 23 Ph.D)

55 (46 PG; 9 Ph.D)

34 (25 PG; 9 Ph.D)

 

* Two nominations from Government of Gambia have been received via e-mail of DS DARE dated 14.7.17; as no application was attached, it  could not be processed.

** Number of candidate(s) joined is based on the joining report/information provided  by the host University. It is assumed that few selected candidate(s) may join in second semester.

Suggestive points: IAFS I has been the point of attraction for other ASEAN/SAARC countries. However few discrepancies were realized during evaluation process at ICAR. Following suggestive points, if considered,  may aid smooth functioning of the programme.   

  • Fellow’s applications need pre-assessment from their concerned High Commissions/Embassies. Incomplete applications, essential document other than English language should be checked prior to submission.
  • English is considered as global language, hence the candidates who are not well versed to English need not to apply as medium of instruction in Indian AUs is English. Reading and writing skills of the candidates suggestively be verified by HC/Embassies.
  • Postage of applications must adhere to University schedule. Fellows need to look into respective website of host University.
  • Candidates need to undergo thorough health check-up under endorsement of Indian Mission /African Union, so that on admission he/she may complete his programme without leaving in mid due to weak health or nostalgic reasons.