Chandigarh, September 16: Today, a delegation of Afghan Students Unity Group in Chandigarh accompanied by Pramod Sharma, Founder, Yuvsatta (youth for peace)-NGO met Sh. Dharam Pal, Adviser to Administrator, Chandigarh Administration.
Sh. Dharma Pal not only warmly welcomed them, but extended all support by personally calling Prof. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, Panjab University to help them in these hours of crisis, with tuition fee waivers and hostel support. He also asked Dr. Amandeep Kang, Director Health Services (DHS) to extend free of cost treatment for Afghan nationals in city’s Government Hospitals and Dispensaries.
Sh. Dharam Pal also gave a call to city NGO’s to come forward and extend all possible support to Afghan friends in these critical times. Recalling the age-old ties with friendly Afghanistan, Adviser Sh. Dharam Pal said that India and Afghanistan share a long history of friendly cultural and societal ties, which can be traced back to Indus Valley Civilization. So, in these challenging times, these young people from Afghanistan should not feel abandoned in India. Moreover, Indian people are known for their warmth and hospitality world over.
Thanking Sh. Dharam Pal, Abdul Monir Kakar, Founder, Afghan Students Unity Group in Chandigarh said that after meeting the Adviser today, for the first day in last one month of mental and financial trauma, they’re feeling at home and amidst friends.