November 2020 \ Diaspora News \ COVER STORY—INDIA AND AFGHANISTAN

On 25 April, 2020, a special Ariana Afghan Airlines ...

By Nayan Chakravarty

On the other side, students, who have mostly travelled back home, residing in places of unrest or inadequate network coverage may have to be provided alternate access to online courseware and examination at safer, more accessible places. Courses offered through Universities in India, under Government supervision, could be offered through a high-level inter-Government collaboration between India and Afghanistan, leveraging models similar to the ones adopted by the Indian Technical and Economic Co-operation (ITEC) programme. Open course-ware from reputed Government recognized Indian Universities can also be leveraged, if permitted and approved by apex educational bodies and Ministries in Afghanistan.

In case of private educational institutions, offering secured access to their learning content hosted in India, restrictions on internet traffic, if any, would need to be reconsidered. Provisions for satellite educational institutions under Government supervision, or Public-private partnership, may be required in some cases where a significantly large number of students are found to be attending a particular course in an Indian educational institution or are residents of specific regions (or in close proximity) in Afghanistan. Essentially, intervention of Ministries dealing with higher education, both in India and Afghanistan, may be necessary for securing the future of the thousands of Afghan students pursuing education in India.

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