Kozhikode: The apparent decision of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) which facilitated the participation of Afghanistan representatives including Taliban officials in an online course organised by the Indian Institute of Management-Kozhikode (IIM-K) has left Afghan students of the institute disappointed.
According to students, since the Taliban administration took over Afghanistan in 2021, many Afghan students were denied visas in India. They aspired to have studies here but had no option to pursue that. The union government's present decision to include representatives including Taliban delegates is contradictory, the students say.
Meanwhile, the online course began on Tuesday and 18 Afghanistan representatives took part in it.
India has not yet recognised the Taliban regime in Af,ghanistan and has been pitching for the formation of a truly inclusive government in Kabul besides insisting that Afghan soil must not be used for any terrorist activities against any country. India had withdrawn its officials from the embassy after the Taliban seized power following concerns over their security.
In June last year, India re-established its diplomatic presence in Kabul by deploying a "technical team" in its embassy in the Afghan capital. Similarly, in December, India joined several other leading countries in criticising the Taliban's decision to ban university education for women in Afghanistan.
With PTI inputs