Stranded without a visa, Afghan students fear for their education | Chandigarh News

Poviet Kaur
Chandigarh: With the reopening of Punjab University, the situation has worsened for Afghan students who are stranded in their conflict-torn homeland due to non-issuance of visas. Offline classes started at the university from Feb. 17, leaving Afghan students without recourse to online classes. They worry about their studies, their attendance and their future, especially since it is not known how long it will take to obtain a visa.
Abdul Qahar, a final year student from the University Business School (UBS) of PU, said: “The classes started on February 17, but since then I have not been able to attend the online classes because only classes offline take place. The embassy did not give us visas. Every time we try to get in touch with the embassy or the ICCR, they say they will deliver it soon and there are security issues. I hope the university authorities understand our problem and provide a solution for the time being because we don’t want to suffer academically. We have already suffered a lot here.
One student suggested resuming online classes for those stuck at home for reasons beyond their control.
Sahar Noor, an applied management science student at PU who is among those blocked, said: “We don’t know when the visas will be issued as it is a diplomatic matter but I hope my studies will not be compromised. I ask the university authorities to consider our request and start online courses for students who are stuck in the same situation as me. »
Afghan students and members of the National Union of Indian Students submitted a memorandum saying that the university offering only offline courses had made things very difficult for Afghan students. They sought a hybrid mode of education (offline and online) until students could obtain visas.
Rahul Kumar, who stood for the performance, said, “Education teaches us equality. Afghan students need our support right now. They are not at fault and the university should not harass them. All arrangements must be made to help them.
Abdul Munir Kakkar, Chairman of the Afghan Students Union, said, “DSW has assured us that all arrangements will be made for the students and the problem will be aggravated.
Dean, International Students, PU Deepti Gupta said, “We have already discussed the situation with various departments and will provide study materials to students for a month. After that, we will analyze the situation and take further action. They are our students and we are also worried about their studies and their future. Around 2,500 Afghan students are enrolled in various courses across India.
Dial 112 for information on townspeople stranded in Ukraine
The Chandigarh administration has decided to use the helpline number 112 to collect information about students and other people from Chandigarh who are stranded in Ukraine, so that the information can be forwarded to the relevant authorities.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) Vinay Partap Singh said family members of people from UT Chandigarh who are stranded in Ukraine can provide information to the 112 helpline number, with details such as the name of the person in Ukraine, father’s name, passport number, name of university/college/other in Ukraine. As much information as possible, including their address in Ukraine, should be shared. This helpline at number 112 is operational 24/7.

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