RBU could lose its first Afghan vocal music student | Calcutta News

Calcutta: Rabindra Bharati University could lose its first Afghan student in vocal music, which had secured an undergraduate seat this year on a scholarship from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), after the Taliban established control over the country.
RBU Vice Chancellor Sabyasachi Basu Roychoudhury said: “It really is a great loss. At the moment, the situation there does not seem favorable for the student to come. He pointed out that the youngster won the ICCR scholarship to study vocal music as part of the Indo-Afghan efforts to strengthen ties through academic exchanges. The university, he added, was supposed to sign an agreement with Kabul University for an academic exchange program in August, which “unfortunately would not have happened”.
RBU Vocal Music Department Head Kankana Mitra said: “I don’t immediately remember an Afghan student studying vocal music at university. We were looking forward to this for two reasons. Firstly because many Afghan instruments, with some structural modifications, are used here and therefore the music has an influence of the country and secondly, it would have been a mutually beneficial cultural exchange.
Roychoudhury, who met former Afghan higher education minister Abdul Tawab Bala Karzai during his visit to the RBU Jorasanko campus in 2019, said it was partly Karzai’s admiration for Rabindranath Tagore that sowed the seeds of collaboration between RBU and Kabul University in music and the arts. . “It was decided that departments, like painting, sculpture, music and dance, would collaborate. A student exchange program was also planned for later, ”he said. “We collaborate with many foreign universities and welcome foreign students. But to my knowledge, we had not had any links with any Afghan university so far. ”
Tahir, another young Afghan, who had come to Calcutta to study English at the University of Jadavpur last year but was unable to do so due to procedural flaws, called on the government to State to help her enroll in college to complete her masters degree. “I am very worried about my study. I want to finish my masters here, but I don’t know how to do it, ”he said. “I just managed to find shelter here, but I am neither earning nor studying. I don’t even know what will happen to me in the future. I call on the government for help. Staying in Baranagar, Tahir said given the situation in his country, he could not return. His family, he said, lived in Paktia province, now under the Taliban, and he had been unable to contact any relatives.
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