Dear Editor,

Prime News, on Wednesday, January 9, 2018, carried a news item which relates to an India Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Scholarship granted to Mr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali to read for a Master’s Degree programme in India.

At the time of Mr. Ali’s nomination for that programme, I was Head of the Public Service and Permanent Secretary, Public Service Ministry (PSM) responsible for training. I can attest to the fact that Mr. Ali was fully qualified and had the requisite skills and experience for his Master’s Degree programme.

Mr. Ali did Guyana proud by graduating with a high First Class Honours. On his return to Guyana, he was elected as President of the ITEC, Alumni Association and participated in several ITEC day activities hosted by the Indian High Commission in Guyana.

The Prime News report that Mr. Ali was not qualified for the Master’s Degree programme under ITEC scheme is therefore false and misleading.

Yours faithfully,

Dr. N.K. Gopaul

Former Permanent Secretary