O.P. Jindal Global University Announces 'Advance' Fellowships For Students Of Afghanistan

Advancement of Afghan Nationals in Comprehensive Education (ADVANCE) Fellowship at JGU

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O.P. Jindal Global University has launched a special Advancement of Afghan Nationals in Comprehensive Education (ADVANCE) Fellowships for Students from Afghanistan. This initiative is in response to the complicated geopolitical situation in the region and the need for Afghan students to have credible educational alternatives to pursue their academic goals and aspirations. 

A total of 10 Fellowships will be awarded under this initiative.

JGU’s ADVANCE Fellowships Policy will provide an exceptional opportunity to selected students from Afghanistan to pursue Ph.D.degreesat any of the Schools or Institutes offering Doctoral programmes and to work closely with the global faculty of JGU, where they can understand and appreciate the nuances of academic research. The policy will be applicable from the Spring 2022 (January 2022) semester and all afghans students who have completed a Master’s programme or M.Phil. will be eligible to apply.JGU will also provide suitable accommodation, dining hall facility and annual health insurance coverage to the research scholars in addition to the fellowship.

Afghanistan is going through a very difficult and tumultuous phase in its history. India and Afghanistan have had a strong and historic bilateral relationship, including having strategic partnership agreements for assistance in rebuilding Afghanistan's infrastructure and institutions in higher education. India has always been the most preferred destination for Afghan nationals in terms of higher education. India records the second highest influx of international students from Afghanistan after Nepal. Every year, an average of over 4,000 Afghan students enrol for higher education in India.

O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) has a long-standing institutional association with Afghanistan. To date, JGU has been home to14 Afghan students across its various schools. The Centre for Afghanistan Studies (CAS)in the Jindal School of International Affairs has active partnerships with a diverse set of educational and research institutions in Afghanistan including the University of Afghanistan, Afghanistan Centre at Kabul University, Organization for Social Cultural Awareness and Rehabilitation and The American University of Afghanistan, for joint research, seminars and faculty-student exchange programmes. 

In March 2015, a delegation comprising of Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, JGU and Professor, Sreeram S. Chaulia, Dean, Jindal School of International Affairs visited Afghanistan (Kabul & Mazar-e-Sharif) for advising on internationalization of higher education in Afghanistan with a strong focus on curriculum development, pedagogical innovations, faculty engagements, research and knowledge creation systems, promoting scholarship and building research capacity forNokhbagan University in Mazar-e-Sharif. 

Abdullah Abdullah, Former Government Chief Executive, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, also visited the JGU campus in 2015 and delivered a distinguished public lecture on 'The Future of Afghanistan – India Relations.' to the students and faculty members of JGU.

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