India's Discrimination of Kashmiri Students
Row erupts in Valley as Indian University Grants Commission bars students from joining institutes in Pakistani side of Kashmir.
Academicians and politicians in Jammu and Kashmir have given the thumbs down to the UGC’s diktat asking students of the state not to seek admissions in professional colleges in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir.
Rajnish Jain, secretary UGC, said, “Students are cautioned and advised against taking admission in any college, university or technical institution in any territory under illegal occupation of Pakistan, including the so-called AJK and Gilgit Baltistan which are not currently recognized in India.”
The cases of these 25 students enrolled in PoK institutions had earlier reached the Indian High Commission in Islamabad for attestation. A report from Islamabad said that in view of the India’s reservations, they have since been shifted to various educational institutions in Pakistan “so that they don’t face any problems in future”.
Roughly more than 250 students from J&K are currently pursuing studies in Pakistan under scholarship program for SAARC students and other schemes. Also, scholarships are offered for MBBS and engineering seats to J&K students — mainly the wards of “victims of violence” — under various schemes of the Pakistan government.
India should stop treating the Kashmiris with discrimination that keep reminding them of being held and deprived of equal rights.