Corruption in higher edu institutes dangerous: Ghani
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan students pursuing higher education in India shared their problems concerning visa issuance, corruption in departments under the Afghan Ministry of Higher Education and lack of transparency in scholarships with President Ashraf Ghani, who is in New Delhi on a three-day visit, the Presidential Palace in Kabul said on Tuesday.
Ghani, at the head of a high-level delegation, reached India on Monday afternoon at the invitation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
A statement from the Presidential Palace said President Ghani met Afghan students pursuing higher education in India soon after his arrival.
The Afghan students complained they faced many problems including delays in getting their stipends, long-term visas, corruption in the Ministry of Higher Education and lack of transparency in awarding scholarships to students.
Ghani called as dangerous corruption at higher education institutes and said Afghanistan would invest more on youth and would develop a system that maintained transparency in scholarships’ distribution.
“We want to make an effective plan to promote the cultivation of advanced human resources and capacity building. We want to promote education which can improve the economy of Afghanistan,” Ghani said.
The president encouraged Afghan students to spare no effort at getting standard education for a better future and peace and stability in Afghanistan. He was sure Afghanistan would emerge as a strong nation in near future.
“Our country is a major source of water for our neighbors, our water is better than fuel of neighboring countries and we will manage our water resources for better use inside Afghanistan,” Ghani said.
He directed Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, who was present in the meeting, to solve problems of the students in issuing visas and passports to them and delivering them stipends in-time.
A separate statement from the Presidential Palace said the president also met some Afghans living in India for the last two centuries.
The Indian-Afghans said they had not forgotten their culture and language despite living for 200 years in India. They asked President Ghani to pave the ground for their children in India to get education in their mother language.
They also said Afghanistan should ease visa issuance procedures and return land of holy places of Hindus usurped by powerful individuals in Afghanistan.
Ghani appreciated the Afghans for preserving their traditions and language while living in India for the long period. The president assured them that their problems would be paid attention.
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