Indore : Naina Chawla, a Pakistani national, was perplexed when she was informed that her admission to BPharma was cancelled by Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), one-and-half years after she started attending classes.

She was told that the move came because she was a foreign national. Through a letter, she was informed that she can’t pursue technical and MBA courses from institutes of higher learning in the Madhya Pradesh.

The development took place last year, but the matter came to fore only on Saturday, when Naina reached a private college asking if she could take admission in BCom course.

“The DTE had cancelled my admission in BPharma at Vikrant College after I had cleared two semester exams and was preparing for the third semester exams,” Naina said adding, “I fear the government will do it again so I sought to know beforehand if I can study BCom course (a traditional course).”

Naina had migrated from Pakistan to India some years ago. She had completed XII from Karachi and then moved to India.

The State government’s policy on admissions of foreign nationals in institutions in the state is in contrast with that of policy of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) — that is to attract students from abroad to pursue courses of higher learning in India.

Last year Kanchan Karira, who migrated from Sindh region of Pakistan to India, had felt the pinch of the State’s policy. She was denied admission in MBA course by the DTE.

After clearing Class X and XII exams in Pakistan, Kanchan along with her parents had moved to Indore where she completed her BBA programme from Gujarati College.

To pursue her undergraduate programme in India, Kanchan required an equivalent certificate from Association of Indian University (AIU), which she got without any hassle. On the basis of the certificate, she procured admission in BBA course and completed the degree.

But the DTE rejected her request. The matter had reached to the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan ,but to no avail. DTE director Arun Nahar says the DTE’s policy is to offer admissions in MBA and technical courses only to Indian students. “Our policy is on the lines of that adopted by IITs’.”

There are about 5,000 Pakistani migrants in Indore. If the policy did not change, children of these Pakistani migrants will not be able to pursue technical and MBA courses in the state.

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