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Indian scholarships: Qualified govt servants in lurch

Indian scholarships: Qualified govt servants in lurch

Aug 29, 2019 - 19:40

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Afghan government employees, who qualified master’s and PhD scholarships offered by India, say their fate remains unknown amid widespread corruption in the educationinfo-icon programs.

Around 500 government servants on Thursday gathered in front of the Indian Embassy in Kabul to demand their right.

Ihsanullah Himmat, a statistics department worker from Nangarhar province who had qualified for the master’s scholarship, said India had offered 600 scholarships to government workers.

Speaking on behalf of others in front of the Indian embassy, Himmat said 386 people passed the master’s test and 90 others PhD test.

He said 191 of the successful candidates had been absorbed Indian universities amid rumors the scholarships were being sold and only those could qualify and attend university who paid money.

“Whenever we ask about the reason for the delay from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Higher Education, they say it is an assistance which the donor may or may not give us,” he said.

Himmat said he participated in the scholarship test in January and the results declared on September 15 but their fate to attend university was still unknown.

The Indian Embassy had also told students to wait as the scholarship program was an assistance which could be cancelled, he said.

He also shared a copy of a letter in which India offered 600 scholarships to Afghanistaninfo-icon through the Ministry of Higher Education.

Mohammad Sardar Marufi, who also passed the master’s scholarship, said, “I found seat in Indian university I wanted after passing through many processes and the university also confirmed me as qualified but unfortunately the ministry and Indian embassy in Kabul do not verify it.”

He said a month had passed since his classes began in university but he was yet to get a convincing response from the concerned quarters.

However, Faisal Amin, spokesman of the Ministry of Higher Education, said, “All those who have passed the test would be sent to India, but they have to wait until they receive confirmation, we are also in touch about the issue with the Indian side.”

He said India offered around 500 scholarships to Afghanistan every year and people could participate in open competition for the test and those who pass, their documents are shared by the Indian embassy with Indian universities.

Those who are confirmed passed but still have problems, then they should refer to the Ministry of Higher Education, he said. He rejected claims that scholarships were sold.

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