As part of a civil initiative to help the violence-torn country of Afghanistan,Sarhad,a city-based NGO will provide scholarship to 50 Afghani students for higher education in the city. The scholarship will cover college fees,lodging and boarding expenses,informed Sanjay Nahar,president of Sarhad.
We have decided to contribute to the rebuilding efforts that are going on in the terrorism-affected country by helping the Afghani students get education who will then go back to their country and work, Nahar told a press conference. Firoz Hussain,convener of the Sarhads Afghanistan project,and two Afghani students attended the event.
A representative from Afghanistan commerce ministry had also visited the NGO last week to work out the initiative.
Nahar said over 2,000 students from Afghanistan are currently in the city and they face language problem as the are not good with English or any local language. Sarhad will also start English and Marathi teaching courses to also help them in this regard.
He said that the NGO was also making efforts that the colleges running professional courses in the city come out and give scholarship to these student to make their education affordable. It would also help the institute in filling the vacant seats of vocational courses, he said.
Starting a helpline,organising events and establishing avenues for cultural exchange,increasing awareness among policemen about the issues faced by Afghani students in the city are also on the agenda,said Nahar.