The post-graduate diploma course in rural management at the NIRD has helped a Sudanese student Abdullah Abuelgasim get exposure to English. Mr. Abuelgasim never had any formal education in English in Sudan where, like his peers, he was taught in Arabic. He is an agricultural engineer at the International Corporation and Investment Department of the Ministry of Agriculture. Having learnt to speak a little English now, he is confident of making presentations to attract funds for his organisation from international agencies such as the Food and Agriculture Organisation and International Fund for Agriculture Department.

Mr. Abuelgasim was among eight foreign in-service students who were awarded PG diplomas today. others hailed from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Kenya, Oman and Fiji. They were sponsored by the Afro Asia Rural Development Organisation and the Centre for Integrated Rural Development in Asia and Pacific.