12-02-2014, 07:07 PM
India offers 1,000 scholarships each year to students Afghanistan, which is sponsored by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).
ICCR scholarship program for Afghanistan was launched in 2005.
At present, the Afghan students are pursuing courses in international studies, economics, undergraduate studies, B. Tech and many more programs at various universities across India.
The ICCR offers 6,000 scholarships to students from 30 countries, which are spread over 20 states and more than 120 educational institutions in India.
The ICCR, which has 25 active cultural centers around the world, including in Afghanistan, was founded in 1950 for the first education minister Maulana Abul Kalam Azad India with a vision to serve as a catalyst for cultural exchanges between New Delhi and other countries.
Currently, an estimated 5,000 Afghan students are studying in India.
"Relation of India Afghanistan is very old and very close. The Association of development we are doing with Afghanistan, there is enormous and intense exchanges of people for people. You see Afghans come regularly to the India, many of them study here and we are providing thousands of scholarships. in addition to grants, we also own funding programs for those studying in India, "said Satish C. Mehta, Director General, ICCR.
Gul Ahmad, who comes from the province of Kandahar, is following B.Tech Jamia Milia Islamia in Civil Engineering University in New Delhi.
He commended the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to provide scholarships to Afghan students in India.
"We are very pleased as to help all countries, especially the SAARC countries, referring to education, finance and other programs. It is very beneficial and advantageous for all students," said Gul Ahmad, a student of B . Tech third year civil engineering Jamia Milia Islamia University to.
Another Afghan student Ali Raza, who is enrolled at Jamia Milia Islamia University, also echoed similar sentiments and said that you go home with immense knowledge and experience.
"You will see me as a person, educated and go back home with vast experience in India, which is also a developing country. Afghanistan is a developing country unless India, that is why I want to work in the economy of Afghanistan, "he said.
A large number of women in Afghanistan, studying in India, feel safe and enjoy the freedom to study.
Afghan students returned with knowledge of indigenous culture, history, philosophy and traditions. They are best friends and admirers and ambassadors to promote closer ties between India and Afghanistan.
"Here, you can participate in many lessons. In Afghanistan, especially women, are not allowed to go outside the home, not allowed to continue education. This is an opportunity for us, especially for women Afghan and are going through the grant and they are doing their degrees, master's bertitel abroad, said Khalida Saleh, a student of lady Shri Ram College, Delhi.
India not only provides scholarships to Afghan students, but also helps in promoting the culture of the Afghan country.
Recently, the ICCR hosted an evening musical maestro rubab Homayoun Sakhi and Tabla master Mirwais Afghanistan in New Delhi.
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