ICCR, Pune varsity to help stranded Afghan students – Times of India

Pune: Savitribai Phul Pune University (SPPU) and the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) have pledged all possible assistance to Afghan students stranded in India or Afghanistan, which is currently facing a political crisis, officials said here on Saturday. SPPU Vice Chancellor NR Karmalkar has announced a special helpline (020-25621938) in addition to the NGO Sarhad’s WhatsApp helpline (0-8007066900) for Afghan students across Maharashtra.


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NGO Sarhad president Sanjay Nahar met NR Karmalkar with a group of Afghan students, who discussed their problems with ICCR president Binoy Sahasrabuddha.

The ICCR vice-chancellor and several representatives of Afghan students spoke to the consul and mentioned the various steps being taken by the central government to ensure that no student misses an academic year.

“Every effort is being made to help those who have been admitted to Indian universities or have submitted passports for Indian visas to Afghanistan,” Nahar told IANS.


The Government of India has said that it will not only help the students who come here through ICCR scholarships but others also want to follow the academics in the country through self-funding.

Sarhad has announced its readiness to “adopt” one thousand stranded students, bearing the cost of accommodation, accommodation, fees and other costs until the situation in Afghanistan returns to normal.

Even the SPPU authorities have decided to chip in with all kinds of assistance including student accommodation facilities, according to Nahar.


At a meeting on Friday, VC and Pro VC, NS Umrani agreed to help all students past and present, and Management Council member Sanjay Pandey will take up the matter with Union External Affairs Minister S Jayashankar.

On his behalf, Sarhad has initiated coordination efforts with various Sikh, Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim organizations and educational institutions to assist in humanitarian efforts.

According to Umrani, an estimated 11,000 Afghan students, including about 5,000,000 women, study in colleges and universities in India, with Maharashtra having the highest number at about 5,000.


Among them are around 00 in Pune, and00 in Mumbai and the rest are scattered in other cities, though ICCR data shows less than 2,500 students on government scholarships here.

Most of the students in the state, including about 10,000 girls, including self-financed, ordinary expatriates facing expiration or soon-to-be-expired Indian visas, no longer have contact with families in Afghanistan because banking and diplomatic channels are closed, rent and food, college Money for fees or other routine expenses.

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