While Afghanistan is in turmoil with the takeover of the country by the Taliban, the number of students enrolled in the various courses offered by the University of Mangalore for the next academic year is steadily increasing.
However, it is not clear whether students already enrolled in the university can make it to campus on time given the volatile situation in the country, sources at the university said.
A total of 156 applications among 350 applicants have already been finalized for university enrollment this year, said Vice Chancellor PS Yadapathithaya.
Of these, 14 students enrolled in doctoral studies, 111 in postgraduate studies and 31 in undergraduate studies.
“But we don’t know if the students will be able to join classes on time given the situation in Afghanistan. If they are allowed, they will probably be late,” Yadapathithaya said.
University Registrar (Assessment) Professor PL Dharma said that the university currently has 53 Afghan students, 22 of whom are pursuing doctoral courses, 13 postgraduates and 18 undergraduates.
He said students from various countries opt for courses here as the institution fulfills most of their requirements. Enrollment is done according to government protocols and the university’s alumni work as brand ambassadors in the process, he said.
Noting that the university has excellent facilities and the quality of education is also high, Dharma said that publications and research are also doing well.
“The enrollment of 156 students is a good sign and from our side we will provide full support to the students. Our staff are in contact with the students and provide them with moral support,” he said.
Abdul Basit, an Afghan student, said that many of his friends in his country inquire about his studies here as they have no opportunity to study in a peaceful atmosphere in the current situation.
Meanwhile, Afghan students who are currently taking various courses in Mangaluru met with Town Police Commissioner N Shashi Kumar the other day and asked him to make the necessary arrangements for their safe stay.