India offers 100 Fellowships to Afghan Farm Students

India offers 100 Fellowships to Afghan Farm Students

External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Thursday announced two Indian initiatives to help assist the rebuilding efforts in Afghanistan.

Mr. Krishna is here to attend a conference on Afghanistan.

Mr. Krishna said in a statement that since agriculture was key to Afghanistan’s development, India had decided to offer 100 fellowships every year over the next five years for its agricultural students to do Masters and Ph.D. programs in Indian universities.

Building Project

He said India strongly supported the proposed Afghan National Institution Building Project agreed upon at the conference.

Without naming any country but in an apparent reference to Pakistan, he said: “For Afghanistan’s stabilisation it is essential for the neighbouring and regional countries to ensure that support, sustenance and sanctuaries for terrorist organisations is ended forthwith.”