Indian Restriction on Studying in Pakistan Compromises The Future of Kashmiri Youngsters

The decision by India to essentially prohibit its people from learning in Pakistan has jeopardised the future of thousands of students from  Kashmir.

Hundreds of youngsters from the Indian-occupied territory are presently enrolled in engineering and medical institutions and universities throughout Pakistan, with a comparable number having finished their degrees and came back home.

“This effort to invalidate the degrees of those who learn in Pakistan is absurd and may prove to be devastating for hundreds of learners who are studying here,” a student from Kashmir in Islamabad told Anadolu Agency, declining to be named for fear of retaliation from Indian security agents.

“It appears like they are hellbent on ruining our careers.” No democracy prohibits citizens from pursuing an education. But what more can the colonised hope from the coloniser?”

Last week, Indian higher education officials issued a warning to Indian citizens not to enrol in any university or learning institution in Pakistan.

According to the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education, anyone planning to study in Pakistan would not be eligible for job or further education in India (AICTE).

“Any Indian national/Overseas Indian citizen who intends to take entry in any degree (of a) university institution of Pakistan shall not be qualified for seeking a job or higher education in India on the basis of these education level (in any subject) procured in Pakistan,” the statement stated.

According to Pakistan-based officials of all Parties Hurriyat Conference, around 500 students are now studying in Pakistan, with 50 to 100 graduating from Pakistan’s colleges every year (APHC).

Since the early 1990s, the APHC has led the Kashmir struggle for self-determination and opposition to Indian control.

“The status of schooling in Kashmir is seriously harmed as a result of the military occupation.” “Pakistan gives us a low-cost rescue,” added one student, who also wanted anonymity.

Pakistan offers scholarships to youngsters from Indian-occupied Kashmir to pay tuition, boarding and housing, and other expenses at educational institutions around the nation.

“The Indian state’s order is an attempt to deny work and livelihood prospects to Kashmiris who want to study in Pakistan,” said the student, adding that the action was “not surprising.”

“We’ve seen schools assaulted, students harassed and bullied outside of Jammu and Kashmir,” he informed Anadolu Agency.

As the armed confrontation in the disputed area has escalated after India removed its special position in August 2019, “education has become more risky for Kashmiri learners and researchers,” according to Qadri.

He urged the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to take action to safeguard Kashmiri students.

Indian restriction on studying in Pakistan compromises the future of Kashmiri youngsters
The decision by India to essentially prohibit its people from learning in Pakistan has jeopardised the future of thousands of students from Kashmir.

Hundreds of youngsters from the Indian-occupied territory are presently enrolled in engineering and medical institutions and universities throughout Pakistan, with a comparable number having finished their degrees and came back home.

“This effort to invalidate the degrees of those who learn in Pakistan is absurd and may prove to be devastating for hundreds of learners who are studying here,” a student from Kashmir in Islamabad told Anadolu Agency, declining to be named for fear of retaliation from Indian security agents.

“It appears like they are hellbent on ruining our careers.” No democracy prohibits citizens from pursuing an education. But what more can the colonised hope from the coloniser?”

Last week, Indian higher education officials issued a warning to Indian citizens not to enrol in any university or learning institution in Pakistan.

According to the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council for Technical Education, anyone planning to study in Pakistan would not be eligible for job or further education in India (AICTE).

“Any Indian national/Overseas Indian citizen who intends to take entry in any degree (of a) university institution of Pakistan shall not be qualified for seeking a job or higher education in India on the basis of these education level (in any subject) procured in Pakistan,” the statement stated.

According to Pakistan-based officials of all Parties Hurriyat Conference, around 500 students are now studying in Pakistan, with 50 to 100 graduating from Pakistan’s colleges every year (APHC).

Since the early 1990s, the APHC has led the Kashmir struggle for self-determination and opposition to Indian control.

“The status of schooling in Kashmir is seriously harmed as a result of the military occupation.” “Pakistan gives us a low-cost rescue,” added one student, who also wanted anonymity.

Pakistan offers scholarships to youngsters from Indian-occupied Kashmir to pay tuition, boarding and housing, and other expenses at educational institutions around the nation.

“The Indian state’s order is an attempt to deny work and livelihood prospects to Kashmiris who want to study in Pakistan,” said the student, adding that the action was “not surprising.”

“We’ve seen schools assaulted, students harassed and bullied outside of Jammu and Kashmir,” he informed Anadolu Agency.

As the armed confrontation in the disputed area has escalated after India removed its special position in August 2019, “education has become more risky for Kashmiri learners and researchers,” according to Qadri.

He urged the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to take action to safeguard Kashmiri students.

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