Future of students returning from Kyrgyzstan at stake
Islamabad, June 16: The future of students, returning from Kyrgyzstan while leaving their education unfinished, is at stake as most of them are not ready to go back even if the situation normalizes there.
According to information, there are around 1,200 students currently studying at various educational institutions of Kyrgyzstan. Around 270 are stuck at the core of massacre - Osh - while the government of Pakistan is trying to make proper arrangements for the safe return of these students.
The arrival of students has started due to the serious efforts by the Pakistan government which was under pressure after the murder of a Pakistani engineering student, Ali Raza.
The students who are returning back from Kyrgyzstan are mainly the students of engineering and medical while there are a few who are also the students of arts. According to the students, they went to Kyrgyzstan because of the quality of education and relatively cheaper fee structures.
They said that the annual fee for the engineering and medical is around Rs0.2 million while the total expenditure including the house rent costs around Rs0.4 million which is far cheaper than the other countries.
A complicated situation has arisen after the return of these students as they have left their education in the middle and also have deposited their fee in their respective universities. The students have expressed their grave concerns over the career and appealed to the government to take immediate measures to accommodate them in Pakistani universities.
However, while talking to this scribe Ministry of Education Secretary Imtiaz Qazi said that since the students were taking higher education, the responsibility lies on Higher Education Commission(HEC) to accommodate them in some way or the other.
On the other hand, HEC Executive Director (ED) Dr Sohail Naqvi termed it impractical to accommodate these students in Pakistani universities. He said that education
system in Kyrgyzstan was entirely different from what has been prevailing in Pakistan. "The students could not possibly be accommodated in local universities as they would not be able to adjust and adopt the local education system," he said.
Naqvi further said that the merit was really high in Pakistani universities and competition was really tough that's why these students went to Kyrgyzstan to gain education as the merit there was low. "It would not be fair with the Pakistani students to accommodate these returning students in Pakistani universities nor it is practical to do so," he said.
Naqvi said that the option they are considering right now to accommodate these students was to negotiate with the education institutions of other Central Asian states including Uzbekistan and Tajikistan where the education system and merit was equal to Kyrgyzstan. "We would try to accommodate them in the universities of Central Asian Countries and we are under process in doing so," he said.
But the question here arises that why these students have to go all the way to Kyrgyzstan in order to get higher education when the education of these countries was not even equal to the education in developed countries like US, England and Australia.
According to a recent report by UNDP, only 5.1 per cent of the students in Pakistan have access to the higher education which is lowest in the region as India has more than 10 per cent access, Malaysia has around 28 per cent access while Korea has 80 per cent access to higher education.
In Pakistan only one student among six students gets the chance to avail higher education due to the absence of education facilities in higher education sector. And it is worth mentioning here the budget in the higher education sector has been witnessing the continuous decline over the past few years, which shows the commitment of the government towards the education sector. The newsYour Comments
Students who completed studies in Krygystan to get degrees: Kaira
Islamabad: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira said on Tuesday that arrangements would be made for award of degrees to those students who have completed their studies in Krygyzstan.
Taking part in Radio Pakistan's programme 'Nae Ufaq', he said the matter would be taken up with the Kyrgyz Government.
He said the Higher Education Commission would also be asked to determine equalization of degrees and transfer of credit hours of under-study students so that they could continue their education in Pakistani institutions.
The Information Minister said the situation in Kyrgyzstan was of concern to Pakistan especially because it also affected Pakistani nationals there. He said the government and other concerned agencies acted immediately and in unison to bring back stranded Pakistanis.
Replying to a question about gas pipeline from Iran, the Minister said unlike India which withdrew from the project under international pressure, Pakistan pursued it in its national interests.
He said Pakistan's relations with Muslim countries or neighbours are not conditional with any power but at the same time Pakistan cannot live in isolation and is interacting with other countries as well.
Qamar Zaman Kaira said the PPP government is the only one in the history of the country that did not take dictation from abroad. He, however, said Pakistan is cooperating with the world on issues like war on terror for the sake of its own interest and that of regional and global peace. App
Student recalls last days in Kyrgyzstan
Peshawar: A student returning from volatile Kyrgyzstan said on Tuesday the law of the jungle prevailed in Osh city as mobsters were behaving like monsters.
Asif Sohrab, a student of the Osh Medical University in Kyrgyzstan, was among the 134 Pakistani students who returned home via a C-130 plane from Kyrgyzstan. Moving scenes were witnessed when the student reached his home in the populated Gulberg area in Peshawar Cantonment.
"Life has become almost impossible in Kyrgyzstan. The mobsters are killing each and every one coming in their way," recalled Asif Sohrab, whose convoy of two buses was brought to the airport in the security of tanks.
Like other students, Asif was all praise for the Pakistani officials in Kyrgyzstan as well as Foreign Ministry and media for providing immediate help to the stranded students. The student recalled that a senior student approached all the Pakistani students to collect their cellular phone numbers and addresses and later arranged for their travelling to the airport amid strict security.
As many as 269 Pakistanis, studying at medical and engineering universities in different cities of Kyrgyzstan, were stranded when the law and order situation took an ugly turn in the wake of riots.
The students belonged to Peshawar, Charsadda, Mardan, Dir and other parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as well as several towns of Punjab, Karachi and Balochistan. Khizer Hayat, brother of another student from Manga Dargai, Imtiaz, said they were in contact with their brother who was stranded in his apartment and was going without food and water.
A large number of students had enrolled themselves in universities of Kyrgyzstan after they were refused admission in local medical and engineering institutions. They opted to obtain a degree from Kyrgyzstan instead of getting admission through self-finance system.
List of 132 students on first flight
Islamabd: As many as 132 students and two children arrived here on Tuesday from Kyrgyzstan through the first special flight at the Chaklala Air Base, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Deputy Director (Operation) Maj Adil Muhammad said.
The names and particulars of students are as under: Sardar Wali from Chaman, Haji Samad from Chaman, Ihsan-ul-Haq from Peshawar, Faizan Ullah from Gujranwala, Muhammad Adnan Khokhar (Rawalpindi), Muhammad Waqas Chan (Attock), Muhammad Ajmal (Rawalpindi), Rafique Ahmed (Sawabi), Asadullah Khan (Peshawar), Ajam Khan (Sawabi), Kashif Rasheed (Jhang), Sajid Ullah (Peshawar), Aqil Ahmed (Peshawar), Almas Benjamin (Sialkot), Waseem-ud-Din (Mardan), Muhammad Faheem Khan (Mardan), Kamran Afzal (Mardan), Muhammad Farooq (Mardan), Muhammad Saif Ullah (Multan), Fazal Hameed (Swat), Muhammad Asim (Multan), Inayat Ali (Mardan), Alamgir Khan (Peshawar), Zaheer Aslam (Sialkot), Zareen Zenra (Islamabad), Mawash Zulfiqar (Islamabad), Anara Shadykanova (Lahore), Sehrish Raza (Islamabad), Alina Aftab (Lahore), Nazia (Gujranwala), Hina Yasmeen (Lahore), Shumazia (Gujranwala), Amina Tabish (Faisalabad), Seemab Sharif (Lahore), Amina Ghaffar (Nawabshah), Lubna Ghaffar (Nawabshah), Sumia (Karachi), Sehrish Nazir (Lahore), Anjaman Tahira (Sialkot), Saiqa Naseer (Sialkot), Afshan Naseer (Sialkot), Iram Iqbal Sadia (Faisalabad), Sumbal Saba (Multan), Naheed Javed (Islamabad), Asia Bukhari (Sialkot), Ambreen Yousaf (Multan), Ansa Adeeba (Gujranwala), Zeeshan Faheem (Gujranwala), Javaid Akhtar (Bahawalnagar), Muhammad Javed Kabir (Faisalabad), Asif Sohrab (Peshawar), Zeeshan Shehzad (Multan), Hanif Khan (Mardan), Muhammad Furqan (Lahore), Muhammad Atif Ahmed (Gujranwala), Muhammad Amir Ashiq (Sialkot), Sohail Israr (Gujranwala), Haseeb Aslam (Rawalpindi), Ali Hassan Shah (Multan), Fashan Ghaffar (Peshawar), Fazal Amin (Peshawar), Touqir Hussain (Muzzafargarh), Imran Hussain (Multan), Muhammad Usman Naeem (Gujrat), Hassan Munir (Gujranwala), Wajid Yaqoob (Bahawalpur), Khurram Shahzad (Gujranwala), Muhammad Afzal (Sialkot), Waseem Abbas (Multan), Saqib Ishaq (Burewala), Muhammad Asif (Mardan), Abdul Ali (Chaman), Haider Ali Khan (Mardan), Tassawwar Iqbal (Gujrat), Daniyal Aftab (Lahore), Haroon Bhatti (Sialkot), Muhammad Bashir (Sialkot), Abdul Hadi (Chaman), Abdul Kabir (Swat), Mushatab Sadiq (AJ&K), Muhammad Awais (Gujrat), Jahangir Khan (Gujranwala), Ihsanullah (Peshawar), Idrees Shah (Mardan), Muhammad Zohaib Aslam (Gujrat), Shaoib Ashraf (Gujranwala), Abdur Rehman (Gujrat), Sohail Babar (Sialkot), Yasir Mumtaz (Mandi Bahauddin), Asad Ullah Khan (Islamabad), Haji Zyad Akhtar (Lahore), Adil Mehboob (Karachi), Sherbaz Khan (DG Khan), Yasir Ali (Sialkot), Ghulam Abbas (DG Khan), Muhammad Ibrahim (Gujranwala), Shoaib Ahmed (Sialkot), Ahmed Ullah (Chaman), Stephen Yousaf (Sialkot), Usman Sharif (Sialkot), Tanvir Ahmed Shakir (Toba Tek Singh), Imran Shaukat (Karachi), Izhar Qazi (Peshawar), Kifayat Ullah (Karachi), Abid Hussain Afridi (Peshawar), Kalim Ullah Khan (Multan), Usman Zaman (Gujrat), Faisal Shah (Peshawar), Rizwan Ullah (Peshawar), Syed Kamran Haider Sherazi (Karachi), Arfan Khan (Peshawar), Qasier Rahim (Peshawar), Muhammad Nasim (Multan), Umair Waheed (Gujrat), Shah Jahan (Bahawalpur), Ahmed Ammar (Faisalabad), Majid Khan (AJ&K), Nazim Farooq (Gujrat), Sajad Qaiser (Gujrat), Kamran Awais Islam (Sheikhupura), Mir Ahmed Raza (Sialkot), Imran Sadiq (Jhang), Zareef Muhammad (Quetta), Waqas Ahmed (Sialkot), Hazrat Ali (Swat), Toqeer Muhammad (Gujranwala), Ihtisham Kashif (Sialkot), Sami Ullah (Swat), Muhammad Zaheer Babar (AJ&K) and Awal Khan (Swat). The newsYour Comments