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Accra (Ghana): India is to set aside two scholarships every year for post-graduate students from Patriensah, a small town in this West African nation’s Asante-Akim district that is attempting to improve its falling educational standards. The two scholarships will come out of about 25 offered annually to Ghanaian students for higher education in India.

“We send up to 250 Ghanaian nationals from different walks of life to India for various training and skill development progammes,” Indian High Commissioner to Ghana K. JeevaSagar said and promised to consider at least 10 applications from Patriensah every year.

This is being done following a decision taken by the chiefs and people of the town to establish a foundation to help improve its falling educational standards, Sagar told IANS.

The chief of Patriensah, Nana Osei Darkwa, set up the Nana Osei Dankwa Education Foundation (ODEF) to fight the high dropout rate in the town of only 8,000 with poor educational infrastructure and inadequate basic teaching material.

Sagar, who was impressed with the move, said the initiative to improve the education of the people would give them “dignity and improve” their self-confidence.

“India’s founding fathers placed a great deal of emphasis on education and development of science and technology,” he said, and promised to look at how selected people from the town could benefit from training for artisans and craftsmen at the India’s National Institute of Design.

This training will help improve skills in basketry, weaving and woodwork, Sagar said, adding: “We would also be able to help in value addition to various resources if Patriensah can identify them and bring in Indian investors.”

“For developing countries like India and Ghana, small and medium enterprises and agriculture offer the best areas of economic cooperation,” he added.

The high commissioner said that when the foundation takes a more concrete shape, India could look at areas for cooperation in the information and communications technology sector.

“We could help the foundation with training of instructors and even exchange of experts,” he said.

According to Sagar, education without values is meaningless and while teachers and academics impart education, it is the community which should inculcate its values, and congratulated the people of Patriensa for doing just that. (IANS)

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For Delhi Commuters, Google Maps Now Show Auto-Rickshaw Routes

Google Maps provides globally over a billion kilometres worth of transit results every day and has schedules for over three million public transit stops

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Commuters in the national capital can now view “auto-rickshaw” routes as well as fares on Google Maps app, tech giant Google Monday said.

“Starting today, commuters in Delhi will be able to see a new public transport mode in Google Maps — auto-rickshaws. By selecting this mode of transport, commuters will be able to view suggested routes for the ride as well as the estimated auto-rickshaw fares,” Google said in a statement.

The new feature will reflect fares based on the official fare model shared by the Delhi Traffic Police, it said.

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The latest version of the application includes enhanced voice input.

This feature will be available in the Google Maps app on the Android devices.

The idea is to incorporate one of most commonly used modes of public transport in Google Maps and share transparent information about the price of journey, Google Maps Product Manager Vishal Dutta said.

“Currently, for an unfamiliar journey, commuters often overpay and don’t have an idea about the distance or best route,” he added.

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By selecting this mode of transport, commuters will be able to view suggested routes for the ride.

Dutta said the feature will also help the users plan their journey better.

“…so they could look at the expected cost of the auto-rickshaw ride and decide whether they want to take it all the way, or perhaps take a different mode of transport instead — like a bus or the metro,” he explained.

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Google Maps provides globally over a billion kilometres worth of transit results every day and has schedules for over three million public transit stops worldwide, the statement said. (IANS)