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Afghanistan’s students in India are in dire straits because of the unrest in Afghanistan

Afghanistan's students in India are in dire straits because of the unrest in Afghanistan

On the streets of Kabul, advertisements featuring women are being brushed off. Picture: worldwide media

According to the Times of India reported on the 16th, because of geographical and historical factors, every year many Afghan students go to India to study. Reported that, in view of the Taliban’s rapid takeover of power in Afghanistan, some Afghan students who have traveled to India through the previous government program are confused about the future because of the volatile situation in Afghanistan.

An Afghan student studying for a master’s degree at Nehru University says he is not considering returning home and his parents in Kabul want him to stay in India as much as possible, but his visa expires on September 15. He is full of worries about the future.

Mohammad Shafiq Sultan, a master’s student in international relations at Nehru University, says his home in Wardak province is under Taliban control. His visa expires in December. His talks with the Afghan embassy in India were fruitless, and the embassy said they did not know what would happen if the regime was more overlapping.

Many Afghan students in India have completed their studies and are trying to stay in India for longer periods of time in order to extend their visas. But many international students come from ordinary families, and the cost of living and tuition to study in India is unaffordable.

The Government of India provides scholarships to 1,000 Afghan students each year. In order to receive scholarships, these completed international students must return to Afghanistan before they have the opportunity to reapply for scholarships.

International students from Afghanistan have appealed to the Indian government to take into account the current special circumstances and extend the original student visa period, while at the same time reducing university tuition fees. However, the request of international students has not yet been answered.

The status quo for Afghan students studying at Delhi University is similar, the Times of India reported. Many students say their families in Afghanistan have been unable to send them money, and banks and business centers in Kabul are now closed.

An Afghan sophophoty student who came to India at his own expense says he used to rent near the school and now has financial problems. He wrote to the school in the hope of living in Delhi University’s relatively cheap student accommodation to relieve the urgency, but the university has yet to respond.

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