Afghan Student gets admission in university

success story Badar Khan, an Afghan Refugee currently residing in Mir Pur Azad Kashmir with POR Card # ER20740925751. Badar got admission in M.Com Department at Federal Urdu University Islamabad .When he went to deposit admission fee in University admission office the staff refused to deposit his fee and informed that Afghans are not allowed to get admission in the University based on POR card. They shared that the University classes will start within 2-3 days after deposit of fee. SHARP Islamabad team intervened and contacted Mr. Shah Je Additional Registrar of the University and discussed whole matter with him. He shared thatdue to the security concerns, search operation and Government of Pakistan’s policy regarding Afghan Refugees in Pakistan he needs approval from concerned department of Government of Pakistan. The University administration was told that International students are eligible to apply in Pakistani Universities and they too have right to education. Their parents are registered Afghan refugees and all of them have POR cards, for any security clearance the data can be verified from NADRA. However, the university administration told that university needs NOC from concerned department of Government of Pakistan for his admission. ALAC team visited Afghan Commissionerate (CCAR) to get NOC for his admission in Urdu University Islamabad, which issued a letter to CAD (Capital Administration and development Division) for NOC. But CAD office refused to issue NOC as they only deal with schools and colleges in ICT and advised to contact concerned officer at Ministry of education and Higher Education Commission. The Team again met with Additional Registrar and requested to find out the solution. He extended full cooperation to SHARP team and issued a letter to CCAR for his POR card verification and certificate for his admission at University. The team requested Director of CCAR Ms. Fahmina Toufiq for issuance of certificate for his admission which was honored and she issued a letter acceptable for university administration and finally he got admission in university. Badar’s future got secured with the timely interventions/efforts of SHARP team.

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