The High Commissioner of India to Ghana, His Excellency, Shri Birender Singh Yadav, has called on the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Ghartey Ampiah.
The visit was a follow up of UCC’s collaboration with Gujarat Forensic Sciences University (GFSU), India.
Appreciation to GFSU
Welcoming the High Commissioner and his delegation, Prof. Ampiah, expressed gratitude, to GFSU for its commitment towards the collaboration which according to him would lead to training professionals to provide evidence-based forensic investigations in the country. He added that “though our Department is young, we can learn from your experiences and Gujarat can also benefit through this partnership”. He commended India’s effort to support Ghana through grants to undertake development projects. He was excited about the level of involvement of GFSU and the Indian High Commission in Ghana in the collaboration, adding that “A lot has been done within a short possible time”.
Importance of the Collaboration
His Excellency Mr. Yadav said they needed to establish the collaboration quickly because of the long-standing historic friendship between India and Ghana. “Through this partnership, our students and security personnel will be trained in various Forensic Sciences disciplines and we will be able to learn from each other for a common goal,” he said. He assured the Vice Chancellor that they donate cultural and history books to the University’s Library.
The Indian High Commissioner to Ghana said it was a great opportunity for UCC to have the collaboration with Gujarat Forensic University for the Forensic Sciences programme because currently Gujarat has a reputable international market level of training police officers in about 45 countries across the world. He also assured the Vice-Chancellor that they were committed to support UCC to run the programme effectively and efficiently.
UCC GFSU Collaboration
It would be recalled that the University of Cape Coast signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with GFSU in 2017 in India. The agreement among other provisions was to strengthen the capacity of faculty members in UCC’s Department of Forensic Sciences and advanced training opportunities for Ghanaian students in the field of forensics. A key feature of the agreement was GFSU’s commitment to establish an Institute of Forensic Sciences at UCC.
GFSU is the world’s first and only University dedicated to Forensics and Allied Sciences, with an objective of training forensic experts to meet their increasing demand in India and globally. GFSU is a state university with advanced and specialised postgraduate academic programmes.
Indian High Commissioner to Ghana was accompanied by the Head, Department of Forensic Sciences, Dr. Richmond Afoakwa and other lecturers from the Department.