Testimonials of Past Fellows



Dr. Seleman Rashid Kaoneka, Tanzania
Overall, the program objectives are good. Sustainability of fellowship effects is crucial. It is important for the research/training conducted by the CV Raman Fellow to be developed and sustained. FICCI should consider ways to meet with beneficiaries of the Fellowship for getting feedback on the knowledge and skills gained by them and help them in developing research concepts/ideas into full project proposals. DST/FICCI should facilitate further collaboration/contact between respective fellow-host institute/scientist and invite other funding agencies if the need for developing full research project proposal arises.
Dr. El Said Nouh, Egypt
People in Africa have good ideas however they need more research facilities to help them continue their research projects. CV Raman international fellowship program for African researchers helps people in Africa to conduct research in Indian research laboratories/institutes and offers good conditions and suitable environment for scientific research. This program helps to exchange experiences between different researchers from different countries. It also helps to make good relations and communication between different nations. I am pleased to participate in this program. Thanks to DST and FICCI for this program.
Dr. Fawzy M. Abo-Donia, Egypt
C V Raman International Fellowship Program for African Researchers is a great way to learn from the rich experiences of Indian scientists and researchers. They have the right equipments and tools that help the research activity and more importantly, their attitude to give back to others. African researchers can immensely benefit from this program. Thanks so much for Indian people and Indian government.
Dr. Mohammed Beyan, Ethiopia
First of all, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to DST and FICCI for awarding me this fellowship to undertake a research work in India. India and Ethiopia have a long standing relationship and a lot of similarities in terms of societies, agriculture, education, among others. India is playing a major role in development endeavors of Ethiopia. The C V Raman Fellowship program for African researchers will have an immense contribution in bringing together the scientific communities of India and Africa to find out common gaps and solve problems through research. There are a lot of experiences in research and education in India that can be directly adopted and utilized by Africans to help them come out of their problems. Hence, it creates opportunity for African researchers to develop their research capacities in identifying research priorities in their respective countries. Moreover, this program will help to maintain and consolidate the relationship and cooperation of India with Africa in all respects.
Dr. Angela Msipha, Zimbabwe
The C V Raman International Fellowship for African Researchers is indeed an appropriate platform for engagement of African researchers in conducting cutting edge research. My exposure at CSRI-CMERI in Durgapur has been a life changing experience. Research expertise of the scientists is supported by advanced R&D labs for demonstration work. The quality of research is second to none and the Institute is committed to consistently developing facilities. I am looking forward to moving into a brighter career in manufacturing technologies within the research community, by learning from India's researchers.
Dr. Bukola Olanike Oyebanji, Nigeria
I have been exposed to modern methodologies especially in the area of cell tissue culture. I was able to carry out experiments for which there are no facilities in my country. I believe this will go a long way in making me a better researcher and teacher. It will also open up collaboration between researchers from my institution and researchers from India. I have also been able to come in contact with other researchers apart from my host with whom we can work together in future. Apart from research, I have also been exposed to Indian culture, food and lifestyle. Namaste.
Prof. Mostafa ELACHOURI, Morocco
It is a matter of great honor and pleasure for me to get selected for C V Raman International Fellowship for African Research 2010. I consider it as an invaluable opportunity through which the scientific communities both in India and Morocco are going to be benefitted in a huge way. It leads to the progress of science and the development of societies. I must admit that this relationship has a mutual exchange of experience and expertise in the field of medicinal plants. It is well known that both these countries (Morocco and India) had glorious history in traditional medicine. I can remember the golden age of Arab-Muslim and also that of the ancient Indian traditional medicine. I hope that my research work with Dr. Mandal of Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India, will be the starting point for further initiation of such collaboration which leads to scientific exploration, valorization and exploitation of unexplored natural drugs for human well being.
Dr. Norbert TCHOUAFFE TCHIADJE, Cameroon
Many thanks to DST and FICCI for giving me the privilege of fellowship and also to Prof. Dikshit who kindly accepted to guide me for the research. At the beginning of my training, I have had the privilege to attend an interactive workshop on behalf of my supervisor focusing on the topic "Modeling the global transport and transformation of toxic substances", presented by Dr. Venkatesh. It was quite important for my curricula. My first step on field at the Powai Lake, affected by algae blooms and hyacinth enables me to understand that environmental problems are more or less the same in India and Africa. Secondly, without anticipating, I dare say, there are spectrum of areas on which scientific communities of India and Africa could cooperate for years to come. The joint venture between the two scientific communities will increase the openness in environmental research, transfer of environment-friendly technologies and exchange programs on various domains.
Dr. Hajanirina Fanomezantsoa Rakotomanana, Madagascar
I came to India under C V Raman International Fellowship for African Researchers under Senior Fellowship of one month to exchange ideas and information with my counterpart and his team. It gave me an opportunity to create a plan for joint research activities. In addition, seminars held by me at the host institution served to facilitate exchange between myself and the researchers and students of the university. All in all, I hope that my visit contributes significantly to both education and research at the host institution and the wider higher education community. The program presupposes the existence of contacts between researchers in India and Madagascar, a condition considered favorable to the promotion of future scientific cooperation and exchange.
Dr. Eylachew Zewdie, Ethiopia
This program requires scientists from African countries to work on current research areas of the hosting scientist in India. So, it will be wise to collect the on-going research topics of hosting scientist and their addresses. This will give African researchers to select their area of research, prepare their research proposal and communicate hosting professor in India on the issue. Through this mechanism both institutes/countries will benefit and make the program more attractive. Moreover, if we handle it this way the Indian scientists will show interest in hosting professionals from Africa without hesitation. I suggest you merge the remaining programs into one for a period of 4 months. This package could be used by PhD or MSc students or senior experts or professors. Students may use the time to carry part of their research under the instruction of professor in Indian universities. Here we have to encourage African university professors to jointly advice PhD or M.Sc./MA students with professors in Indian universities. In the same fashion, a professor from Africa can come to India for four months and teach a course in Indian universities and the same could apply to Indian professor also. The proposal for post doctorate research visit has to be accepted by the Indian counterpart before the fellowship and their research proposal must be attached with application for endorsement.
Dr. Yoseph Birru Gebregiorgis, Ethiopia
Africa and Asia face a variety of shared environmental problems that are trans-boundary in nature. The broad developmental challenge in Africa is similar to that in Asia. Population is rapidly increasing and thus the resources to support increased numbers of people are degrading. Although mean population densities and absolute numbers of poor people are lower in Africa than in Asia, acute poverty and highly inequitable development is common for both the continents. Most African potential researchers are engaged in intense duties due to scarcity of capacitated human capital and forced to stay away from research and career development. On the other hand, well experienced researchers are abundant in India. Hence, the fellowship will provide the opportunity in bringing research thirsty African fellows to India with commitments to produce meaningful output.
Dr. Martins Emeje, Nigeria
The high level of merit and skill of young and outstanding PhD graduates from Africa selected for award of C V Raman International Fellowship makes it potentially very useful. The similarity of problems in India and Africa makes this programme more useful than any other in any part of the world. The programme will particularly be helpful in making better scientists for both India and African countries. Personally, I feel the quality of scientists and scientific infrastructure in National Chemical Laboratory, Pune are fantastic and makes India a pace setter in scientific development.
Dr. Joseph Njuguna KARI, Kenya
I believe C V Raman International Fellowship for African Researchers is a good initiative because it would allow exchange of ideas and experiences between African researchers and those from India. One of the greatest benefits for the African scientific community is access to better research facilities and techniques available in India while Indian scientists will acquire knowledge on how African scientists are tackling challenges faced by farmers in Africa. In addition, publications will be developed from joint projects thus benefiting both African and Indian scientists. Finally, my fellowship will help to enhance networking and knowledge exchange on germ-plasm research between the two countries.
Dr. Yefanlan Jose-Mathieu Kone, Ivory Coast
I think that the C V Raman International Fellowship Program for African Researchers will provide opportunity to scientific community in Africa and India to work together on subjects that are important for both continents. This will also help African scientists to be well trained and will help to enhance human resources in Africa.
Dr. Phila Sibandze, South Africa
I would like to thank Department of Science and Technology, Government of India for initiating the CV Raman Fellowship for African researchers. I am bowing my head in giving thanks to ISRO-SAC in Ahmedabad for being a good host and for having great scientists in the field of geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing (RS). I am deeply humbled and honoured to be one of Africa's first researchers to take part in this fellowship. I was exposed to different techniques applied at SAC with respect to application of GIS and RS in agriculture. I believe this is the first step to a long journey of collaborative research between Indian and African researchers.
Dr. Nicodemus M. Useh, Nigeria
C V Raman International Fellowship was an opportunity to conduct research in an outstanding Indian laboratory. Coming from a strong research background, as an ex- postdoctoral fellow of the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, Federal Republic of Germany, research in India was time to establish excellent diplomatic, international and cultural cooperation with my scientific host. Since language is the gate to reaching people, I decided to learn Hindi. I will therefore suggest that the C V Raman fellowship should be re-designed, to include a compulsory period for learning Hindi, which will enhance smooth communication by fellows in their host laboratories.
Dr. Kamga Tchwaket Ignace Roger, Cameroon
I think that this program could help African Researchers who have participated in C V Raman Fellowship to create a kind of Pan African Association of Former Fellowship Members of this program in Africa. This association could then disseminate information about this initiative to other researchers in their respective countries. For the next brochure, it might be interesting if the indicative list of S&T/Research Institutions in India can start with the ones that have previously received African Researchers and of course with contact details of scientists who have previously hosted African researchers.
Dr. Oleosi Ntshebe, Botswana
I took up the C V Raman Fellowship for African Researchers to challenge myself academically and to get a whole new perspective towards life in South Asia. In particular, I was interested in learning about the socio-demographic experiences that have shaped the population of India and Botswana. I must say, I have not been disappointed in my expectations. The differences between India and Botswana are quite stark and they offer a lot to investigate. In addition, the interaction with academic staff and students at IIPS had been stimulating and very fulfilling.
Dr. Chanlall Shan Dwarika, South Africa
I want to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to DST and FICCI team for choosing me for the prestigious C V Raman International Fellowship for African Researchers in India. I also want to thank my host University CUSAT and Prof. Anantharaman M Iyer. I am exhilarated and filled with new enthusiasm and momentum to go on an accelerated effort to produce quality work in thin film solar cell development. I would be looking at innovative ways of improving the conversion efficiency of opto-electro transducers, viz. solar cells. I want to be able to imbibe the methodologies used in Photo Voltaic Engineering at CUSAT and bring back that knowledge and apply it in the Solar Energy Power Strand of Power Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering where I lecture at Mangosuthu University of Technology in South Africa.
Dr. Donfack Jean Hubert, Cameroon
This program will help us to increase collaboration between Indian and African researchers. I sincerely thank the initiators of this program. This program will allow us to evaluate the biological activities of some Cameroonian medicinal plants. This could lead to the discovery of new compounds (or plant extracts) to fight against some parasitic diseases that constitute a real public health problem. But like any human work cannot be perfect, I have some suggestions. I propose that the initiators of this program also give the possibility to Indian researchers to come to Africa. It would be an immense pleasure if FICCI may review the amount of money given to laboratories for reagents (according to the research protocol) - it seems to be small for some protocols. In addition, six months time given to post docs is very small for the execution of certain protocols. Once again, thank you for this opportunity.
Dr. Twagira M. Elias, Rwanda
It is difficult to predict in advance how the outcome of research relationship will be perceived by partner researchers. My experience as a senior research fellow at CRRI-Delhi proves that an African researcher who is self-motivated has great opportunity to learn through this program. As far as personal benefits are concerned, it includes networking with senior Indian scientists for future collaboration, exposure to different technology in the laboratory and in field, especially, construction technique which can be applied elsewhere in Africa. Last but not the least, is the possibility for future exchange on new developments in the technology and joint review of publications for feedback on the outcomes of research work.
Dr. Fabian I. Ezema, Nigeria
The C V Raman Fellowship for African Researchers recognizes the need of most African researchers who are working in Africa but lack the needed research facilities. The award will go a long way to broaden the research scope of the recipients, which is geared towards capacity building for African manpower development. It will strengthen interactions between scientists from African countries and their counterparts in India and will encourage formation of research clusters and link-up with research groups and Centres of Excellence in India. It will mean transfer of knowledge in one way or the other.
Dr. Naga Coulibaly, Ivory Coast
This program is an opportunity for African researchers to deepen the knowledge in their area of study. Especially, participating in research projects in India is really an opportunity for the exchange and sharing of scientific knowledge. The short and medium term impact includes creation of partnerships between universities in India and Africa, and better sharing and utilization of research results. Also, teachers in India can participate in training in Africa and vice-a-versa. Beyond academic considerations, it is an opportunity for cultural exchange of people from both sides. For better awareness of the program, you can think about organizing information sessions at different African universities.
Dr. Christine Nyaruwa, Uganda
My participation in the C V Raman International Fellowship in India was a great opportunity to do collaborative research under guidance of my host scientist at the Space Application Center (ISRO), Ahmedabad. Thanks to DST, FICCI and my host institute. The concept of this fellowship is very noble. It is definitely going to enhance research collaboration between India and African countries and act as a bond to continued cooperation in areas of scientific research and technological innovation. I was happy to get introduced to a number of sensors which included LISS-III, LISS-IV and AWIFS and the IGIS software.
Dr. Kya Abraham Berthe, Mali
I sincerely think that this program is a very good opportunity for African researchers to meet and collaborate with Indian researchers.