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Gov't allocates 5 mln USD for overseas Afghan students: Karzai

(Xinhua)

08:41, August 15, 2011

Afghan President Hamid Karzai speaks to a group of students who will be sent to India and Turkey for educational purposes, at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sunday, August 14, 2011. Afghan government as part of efforts to encourage students to study overseas and to increase the number of experts in the war-torn country, has allocated 5 million U.S. dollars in the current year, President Hamid Karzai said on Sunday. (Xinhua/Ahmad Massoud)

KABUL, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- Afghan government as part of efforts to encourage students to study overseas and to increase the number of experts in the war-torn country, has allocated 5 million U.S. dollars in the current year, President Hamid Karzai said while addressing a group of students in his Palace on Sunday.

"We have allocated 5 million U.S. dollars this year for our students to study in foreign countries. We would increase it to 10 million U.S. dollars next year and the allowance would rise up to 20 million U.S. dollars in the coming years," President Karzai said.

Describing low rate of literacy as the country's main challenge, the President called upon Afghan students to study hard and take part in the reconstruction process of their country.

Speaking on the occasion, the acting Minister of Higher Education Sarwar Danish said that a total of 300 students will go to Turkey and another bunch of 119 students will go to India for higher education in the coming weeks.

This is the first batch of Afghan students going abroad for higher education on government expenses while in the past couple of years Afghan students studied overseas on scholarships from host countries.


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Sam Teng at 2011-12-09175.136.52.*
The American and its allied forces had come and invaded Afghanistan and left. This is at the expense of destruction of Afghan properties and environment including the deaths of many innocent people. Even after the Americans and its allied forces had left Afghanistan, the Afghan people are still expose to the many land mines and live bombs that are buried under the soils. These mines and bombs will present a hazard to the lives of the innocent Afghanistan people for many decades to come. Looking at the current situation in Afghanistan, it is no better than the situation before the invasion. Bomb blasts and killings happen almost everyday. The only thing the Americans and its allied forces achieved from the war is the Afghan government that is friendly and supportive to them. For the Afghan people, there is no peace and the Afghans continue to suffer a miserable and poor life.
PD User at 2011-12-08121.249.21.*
Inshallah brother..I am indian but we Indians love our afgani brothers...from our childhood we heard lots of stories about great relations between india and afgan citizens. I am so happy that now many afgan student who are persuing their study abroad will get more help from govt. Thanks janab karzai.
nazir khan at 2011-12-08116.71.220.*
inshallah our beloved country afghanistan will be able to stand on their own feet and afghan students have a lot of ability and capability to work for the betterment of afghans people
  

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