Port Louis: Young people, who constitute the next generation, should have a say in tackling the challenges faced by developing nations, President Pranab Mukherjee said on Wednesday as he was conferred an honorary degree of doctorate by the University of Mauritius here.
Mukherjee, on a three-day visit to Mauritius, was honoured with a Doctor of Civil Law degree at a ceremony at the university.
"As the next generation, young people should have a say in determining our responses to the variety of challenges that our developing nations face today," Mukherjee said as he welcomed the increasing number of Mauritian-origin student coming to India for higher studies.
"Nearly 100 scholarships are offered annually to Mauritian students to pursue under-graduate, post-graduate and research studies in various streams in India. This is in addition to 290 slots for short term courses under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme.
"In recent years, we have seen an upswing in the number of Mauritian students availing of these scholarships. Many Mauritian students also enrol themselves in Indian universities on a self-financing basis. We welcome them in India," he said.