Afghani students in Dharwad, Mysuru worry about home | Mysuru News – Times of India


MYSURU/ DHARWAD: The fall of Kabul has sent shock waves among Afghani students in Mysuru and Dharwad. While 92 of them are in various institutes affiliated with University of Mysore, many are doing Masters and PhD courses at University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad.
Those in Mysuru approached university authorities for help to get visa extensions. GR Janardhana, director, International Centre, UoM, said: “These students are worried about developments and concerned about the safety of parents and families.”
He added: “A few students sought visa extensions as they will complete studies in the next couple of months and can stay on in India till they are in a position return home. As many have come on government scholarships, we’re awaiting a directive about it.”
In Dharwad, Afghani students are also anxious about families and friends back home. Nafratullah Kakar, a PhD scholar, is worried about his wife and children who left for home a month ago. “I’m a government employee in Kabul. I’ve been staying on the UAS campus with my wife, three daughters and our youngest child, a boy. I spoke to my wife and my brothers and all are safe. The Taliban have sworn not to harm anyone, and to administer the country peacefully,” Kakar, who hails from Nandgarhar, told TOI.
Nasarat Kotwal, an MSc student, said: “I spoke to my friends and family and they are safe. But, we don’t know what will happen. We’re using social media platforms to stay in touch.”
Students at UAS are from Bamiyan, Baghlan and Babakshan, among other places. UAS vice-chancellor MB Chetti said they were admitted through the Indian Council of Agricultural Research as part of the India-Afghan fellowship initiative.
“More than 400 students got admission to over 70 agricultural varsities across India this year. While we had 22 on campus, 15 returned home last month when Covid-19 cases spiked. They now attend online classes. We’re extending them all support and helping them contact their families and friends.”

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