Afghanistan urges India to increase fellowships for med students

Published on April 20, 2015 11:58:39 AM
India should increase the number of fellowships in science and medical courses for Afghan students, urged Afghan officials in an interaction held at O.P. Jindal Global University.

They pointed out that though India provides generous fellowships in humanities, the number of fellowships in medical sciences have discontinued due to rise in demand from Indian students.

Shashi Tharoor, chairperson of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, stated during the interaction that many foreign countries have been facing this issue.

Tharoor said that India should carry forward its legacy of providing scholarships, which started in 1950s-60s. He recollected meeting prominent doctors in Africa, who had studied in India.

According to him, huge demand for medical seats exist in India, as 10,000 students apply for a single seat. However, government should make an exception for Afghans as a good will gesture.

C Raj Kumar, vice-chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University, said, the university has provided 100 scholarships to Afghans, but not in medical and engineering courses.

Currently, 19 senior civil servants from Afghanistan are under going training in Jindal Global University.