A scholarship scheme by the Indian Government aimed at honouring Indian independence leader, has cancelled scholarships for nearly 2,000 Ghanaian students studying in India.

The cancellation of the scholarship comes after a statue of Mahatma Gandhi was removed from the University of Ghana campus.

A statement issued by the Mahatma Gandhi Scholarship Secretariat said “Ghanaians cannot continue to enjoy a scheme set to honour someone they describe as racist, someone they hate to see his statue”.

The Mahatma Gandhi Scholarship provides selected students all over the globe with full bursary throughout a University education in India and partner universities across the globe which includes three Ivy League schools.

The affected students have launched a petition to have the statue re-mounted on the University of Ghana campus.