Amity University in New Delhi, India has conferred an Honorary Doctorate degree on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
According to a dispatch from Delhi, India, the Honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree was conferred on the Liberian President at a Special Convocation held on the campus of the University by its Chancellor on Thursday, October 29.
At the ceremony, Amity University awarded a number of post-graduate scholarships to Liberia and indicated that the details will be worked out between officials of the two tertiary institutions.
In response, President Sirleaf thanked the University for the honor, which she dedicated to the women of Liberia and Africa.
She reflected on the long-standing relations between Liberia and India and looked forward for more progress.
Amity University is a private research university in India established by an Act of Uttar Pradesh legislature. Amity University, Noida was India's first private university slated to implement reservations based on caste, etc., for both faculty as well as students.
The school was started in 2003 with an enrollment of 120 students. In 2011, it had 80,000 students in 240 programs. It now has more than 125,000 students from all over the world.
In a related development, the Liberian Leader has also secured an agreement on behalf of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center with the L V Prasad Eye Institute in New Delhi, India to create added value to the services of the two entities.
The L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), a non-for-profit, non-governmental, public-spirited comprehensive eye care institution, entered into an agreement with the JFK Medical Center to create added value to their services through synergies, including the integration and cross-transfer of medical skills, knowledge and expertise.
According to a dispatch, the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed in New Delhi during a meeting attended by the Liberian President and the founder and chair of LVPEI, Dr. Gullapalli N. Rao, to facilitate the creation of a comprehensive self-sustaining Eye Health Initiative in Liberia.
Under this initiative, L V Prasad Eye Institute will provide inputs in developing highly customized eye care services in Liberia based on needs, feasibility and suitability of the services at the JFK Medical Center.
In addition, LVPEI will also provide guidance and assistance in human resource planning, recruitment, training and also assist the JFK Medical Center in developing and implementing country-wide community eye health programs.
The L V Prasad Eye Institute pursues cutting edge research and offers training in human resources for all levels of ophthalmic personnel.
It has been designated as a World Health Organization collaborating center for the prevention of blindness and has been a pioneer in developing high impact eye health models not only in India, but also in developing countries, the dispatch said.