“To further strengthen the close friendly relations between Afghanistan and India, the Government of India continues to offer 1000 student scholarships (ICCR) to the Afghan nationals under the Special Scholarship Scheme for pursuing Undergraduate, Postgraduate and M.Phil/Ph.D courses,” the press release said.
” The Scheme is jointly implemented by Ministry of Higher Education, Afghan government and Indian embassy in Kabul and its four consulates in Heart, Jalalabad, Kandahar and Mazar-e-Sharif.” the press release added.
ICCR annually offers about 3365 scholarships under 24 scholarship schemes to students from different parts of the world, especially from developing countries in Asia, Africa, South and Central America.
Of these scholarships, 1000 are exclusively for students from Afghanistan. The ICCR scholarship scheme for Afghanistan was launched in 2005 during the government of Hamid Karzai.
ICCR scholarships are offered for graduate, post graduate and doctoral programmes as well as professional courses such as engineering, pharmacy, accountancy, business administration and management in various universities of India.
Scholarships are also provided for learning Indian dance, music, painting, sculpture, etc.
India has invested two billion dollars in Afghanistan and extended assistance in several sectors such as education, health, and telecommunications.
India, which is a formidable regional player and a key strategic ally of Afghanistan, has also pledged support to Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process.