African nation plans wide-ranging pact with Andhra Pradesh
Togo's minister of education and research, Dr Wateba said that they will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Andhra University and will work in various fields.
While addressing the presser, Dr Wateba, who is in Andhra Pradesh, said that one of the objectives of his visit is to collaborate on different fields like IT, Incubations, skill development, agriculture and space. He also said that they wanted to make a strong relationship with India so that the students, who were receiving training here, can contribute to their development.
In the presence of the Indian Ambassador, Andhra University has announced that they have reduced the tuition fee structure for all African students on par with Indian self-finance students for all the courses i.e., Bachelor, Masters and Ph. D in Engineering, Pharmacy, Management from the 2022-23 academic year.
Andhra University Vice-Chancellor Professor P.V.G.D. Prasad Reddy said that this collaboration will give the students access to Togo's market, which will be great for them.
"Dr Wateba is Minister for Higher Education and Research, Govt. of Togo. He is an expert in infectious and tropical diseases. He is the man who handled the Covid-19 situation in Togo," he said.
Reddy also said that they may appoint Prof. Wateba as an Emeritus Professor in the Human Genetics department of the University.
"They are interested to have faculty from Andhra University travel to Togo. So, it will not only be the exchange of students but also of faculty and scholars," he added.