Afghan students urge India to grant visas

A group of Afghan college students have written to Ambassador for Afghanistan Rudrendra Tandon asking for quick processing of visas that has been delayed for months. The letter written by 43 college students of the South Asia College (SAU) stated they’re unable to proceed with on-line schooling due to the “frequent disruption” of Web connectivity in Kabul after the takeover by the Taliban.

“Please understand that we are writing this letter to you because of the dire situation we are in. With periodic disruption of virtual connectivity, we are now unable to attend classes online from Afghanistan, and that is seriously jeopardising our studies,” said the students in the letter. Mr. Tandon was evacuated together with different members of the embassy however India has designated a journey company in Kabul to facilitate Indian visas. New Delhi has not recognised the Taliban administration however the visas are anticipated to be granted via the journey company. The scholars nonetheless stated the service supplier, Shahir Journey Company, had knowledgeable them that the passports can be returned with visas by August 16 however that did not happen. The students requested Mr. Tandon to process the visas and explain the way the passports have been handled so far. The scholars stated all of the Ph.D. college students who utilized for visa within the 2020 batch are members of the ethnic minorities and ladies who’re being particularly focused within the Taliban rule. “There are a large number of SAU students and alumni who are now waiting in queue having applied for e-visas. Most of them feel threatened under the new regime and they appeal to the Indian government to facilitate the Indian e-visa,” said the students.