Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali met with Riva Ganguly Das, Director General- Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) at the latter’s office on 24th August 2017.

The meeting which was also attended by Ajmal Alimzai, the Cultural Attache and Sediqullah Sahar, the Educational aimed at discussing the Indo-Afghanistan cultural week and as well as various issues concerning  Afghan students who are availing  ICCR scholarships in India.

At the outset, Dr. Abdali, appreciated the ongoing joint effort in organizing the Indo-Afghanistan cultural week and touched upon its importance in further enhancing cultural ties between the two nations.

Referring to the joint cultural programs which will be organized by the Afghan Embassy in New Delhi in close coordination with India, the Afghan Ambassador stated that such programs will educate and provide knowledge to the students in knowing about both the nation’s culture and its history.

Director General of the ICCR updated the Afghan Ambassador on the progress achieved in securing 500 scholarships for the children of the martyrs of Afghan Security Forces and informed that the program will be inaugurated next year after finalizing the model and budget for the scholarships.

Dr. Abdali appreciated ICCR’s effort in procuring these scholarships and solicited the ICCR to incept skilled based scholarships for the Afghan students.

The duo also discussed over the concern for those students who are willing to shift to personal accommodations. Mrs. Das stated that only existing scholarship holders can have the privilege to shift to personal accommodations while it is compulsory for the new comers to stay in hostels.

The side issues of the meeting were establishment of an online admission to alumni and formation of a group by ICCR which will be addressing students’ problems on bi-weekly and monthly basis.

Recently, Mirwais Balkhi, Deputy Chief of Mission-Afghan Embassy met with Namrita Kumar, Deputy Head of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).

During this meeting, DCM Balkhi spoke about Afghan students’ problems in India and exchanged views about celebrating Indo-Afghanistan cultural week, joint periodic seminars on Indo-Afghanistan culture and other related issues.

Suggesting an increase in student’s incentive, Mr. Balkhi noted that the current amount paid to the students cannot fully cover students’ expenses, and solicited ICCR to consider this issue on a serious basis.

Referring to those students who wish to shift from hostels to personal accommodations, Ms. Kumar said that only existing scholarship holders can use this facility and for the new students it is mandatory to live in hostels.

The ICCR also expressed commitment to organize the Indo-Afghan cultural week in November this year with close cooperation of the Afghan Embassy in New Delhi, as a joint celebration.

To assess and evaluate the docent stream in the newly inaugurated school, Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali paid a visit to Sayed Jamaluddin High School on 14th August, 2017.
In his speech, Dr. Abdali extended congratulations on the inauguration of Sayed Jamaluddin High School in New Delhi and expressed pleasure on the fact that the school is now fully equipped and standardized after diligent efforts by Ministry of Education-Afghanistan and Embassy of Afghanistan in New Delhi.
The Afghan Ambassador touched upon Sayed Jamaluddin Afghan's achievements and accomplishments as Islamic political leader and philosopher of 19th century, his prominent role in Islamic world as well as his sentiments awakening social reforms in Afghanistan and the region. Dr. Abdali called on students to follow Sayed Jamaluddin Afghan's path. 

Dr. Abdali also appreciated the teachers of this school for their effort in educating Afghan children and youth in New Delhi and proposed in organizing hortative and competitive programs that will further boost quality education and develop intellectual skills among the students.  He informed the students and teachers about the sport competitions and other educational programs which are due to be organized by the Embassy itself. 

Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, called upon Ram Madhav, the National General Secretary of Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), Director of India Foundation at the Latter's office on August 12, 2017. 

The meeting aimed at discussing development and reconstruction in Afghanistan and further cementing bilateral ties between India and Afghanistan.

Talking about progress made in Afghanistan, Dr. Abdali thanked India's assistance, mainly over the last 15 years, in various fields including development, security and education.

The duo exchanged views on the ongoing regional security environment and also discussed ways to maintain and further strengthen bilateral relationship enshrined under the comprehensive Strategic Partnership Agreement between the two countries.







Recently, Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali attended the closing ceremony of the Model United Nations Conference (WELMUN), themed ‘Solidarity from Strife’ organized by the Welham Boy’s School in Dehradun, Uttarakhand.

While congratulating the organizers, the Ambassador appreciated their efficiency in bringing out for a fruitful conference. Dr. Abdali in his valedictory remarks emphasized the need of such conferences which highlight people to people contact by integrating youth from different regions of the country.

The Afghan Ambassador also highlighted on a past program organized by the Welham Boy’s School for Afghan students and solicited the continuation of such programs and trainings to enhance connectivity and togetherness among Indo-Afghan youth.