The Kano State government plans to spend about N3.5 billion on foreign scholarships to 550 students for postgraduate programmes abroad.
Yusuf Kofar-Mata, Commissioner for Higher Education, said this on Friday in Kano when he spoke with journalists after the weekly state executive council meeting.
Kofar-Mata said the students would study in seven universities in India and Uganda.
The commissioner said the 550 beneficiaries were selected out of 1,250 students who applied for the scholarship.
He said a level playing ground was given to all the students, irrespective of their political affiliations.
Mr Kofar-Mata said the government had almost concluded processing the visas for the students, who would embark on the journey by the end of the month.
“We are in the process of authenticating all the documents of these students for the Visa preparation.
”We are hoping that by the end of this month, these students will start moving to their various destinations overseas for them to start their programmes in various fields,” he said.