Indian visa cancellations leave over 2,000 Afghan scholarship students stranded

Over two thousand students with scholarships from Indian universities have been stuck in Afghanistan after India decided to cancel their visas.

India has said the decision was based on security concerns.

Many of the students had been offered scholarships by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Pakistan’s Aaj News, reported on Sunday.

Female students are particularly at risk as they are banned from attending universities in Afghanistan by the Taliban and now fear losing their admissions to Indian colleges.

A group of desperate students have staged protest rallies, demanding the Indian authorities to immediately issue visas so they can attend their classes.

India is reported to have only approved 300 student visas for Afghan nationals in 2022.

The ICCR offers thousands of annual scholarships for different levels of studies to students worldwide, including 1,000 scholarships for students from Afghanistan.