Sunday, 25 September 2016

Afghan President asks India to expel Afghan students who show laziness and flunk exams

In his recent visit to India, President Ghani urged Indian officials to expel Afghan students, who show indifference towards their studies, or repeatedly flunk exams, from universities, and send them back home. To prevent unqualified individuals from getting scholarships, civil activists and political analysts, however, call on the government to ensure transparency in distributing educational scholarships other than encouraging Indian officials to dismiss Afghan students who have spent thousands of dollars on studying in India. Nasima Niazi, a female lawmaker, said that corruption and misconduct in awarding education scholarships are the long-existing problems which also have not been addressed by the current government so far. "It should not be only the son or daughter of a commander, minister or governor who benefit from foreign scholarships. They should be given to students transparently and justly so that unqualified students, who can hurt the reputation of the entire nation, don’t get the chance of qualified individuals,” Niazi told The Heart of Asia, adding that the scholarships allocated for the insecure provinces were being split among a select group of individuals in capital Kabul, so that was why they were most likely to fail in the exams because they were not qualified. Naveed Delawar, an Afghan student at Pune University of India, said most of the lazy Afghan students in Indian universities were the sons of commanders and officials, who had got the scholarships through nepotism. "Afghan students are defamed by individuals who have got the scholarships through illegal channels, and were currently busy with improper activities other than studies. I can tell you that approximately more than 70 percent of the failed students in Indian universities are sons of officials and strongmen,” Delawar disclosed to The Heart of Asia.
Expelling the lazy students from India by President Ghani was not a solution, Delawar maintained, stressing that justice should be ensured in scholarship distribution. Saifullah, an Afghan student who had gone to India on a private scholarship, and returned back home, told The Heart of Asia that many Afghan students in India left their studies because of no government supervision. Many Afghans who have gone to India to study were busy with activities which even could not be imagined, he said, stressing that if the government constantly tracked the beneficiaries of public scholarships in foreign countries, they would not be able to get involved in illegal acts. The Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE), however, claimed that a large number of scholarships were granted through an open competition. Faisal Amin, the MoHE spokesperson, told The Heart of Asia: "May be there were problems in the scholarship distribution in the past, but now all scholarships are given to the qualified individuals with full transparency. For instance, India offers us three types of scholarships: private, government and professional." According to Amin, most of the failing students in India might have gone there on private scholarships because the recipients of government scholarships were being sent abroad after passing different competency tests.

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