India relaxes school admission rules for Pakistani migrant

Madhu had migrated from Pakistan’s Punjab with her mother and siblings due to religious persecution two years ago


News Desk September 15, 2016
Madhu had migrated from Pakistan’s Punjab with her mother and siblings due to religious persecution two years ago PHOTO: THE HINDU

A teenage Pakistani migrant was offered admission in a government school in New Delhi after Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj assured her of all assistance.

Madhu, 16, had migrated from Pakistan’s Punjab with her mother and siblings due to religious persecution two years ago. A student of grade nine, she had been unable to gain admission in India as all her documents had been left behind in Pakistan.

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Madhu’s story was brought to Swaraj’s attention after an article was published in The Hindu. The external affairs minister met the girl on Saturday and assured her of all assistance. She then phonedNew  Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asking him to ensure the girl gets admission in the government school of her choice. The CM assured her of all assistance.





On Monday, New Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia met the 16-year-old Pakistani migrant and said the government needed to “walk the extra mile to accommodate her desire to pursue study in our school” by relaxing “all rules and regulations.”

Sisodia soon contacted Director and Secretary (Education), saying, “To accommodate the request of Madhu, a migrant girl from Pakistan, the government can consider relaxing whatever rules and regulations, if they come in the way of her joining our school.”

“Admission to Madhu may immediately be provided at any of our government schools located in Sanjay Colony, Bhattti Mines, Fatehpur Beri, New Delhi. She should also be given necessary books, uniform etc and we may facilitate whatever is required for the girl to study in our school,” he added.

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Further, he said, “Madhu has stated before me that she was studying in class IX when she left Pakistan. Due to peculiar circumstances, she is not in possession of any school leaving certificate, date of birth certificate etc. She wants to study and on humanitarian grounds, it is my considered opinion that we need to walk extra mile to accommodate her desire to pursue study in our school.”

An excited Madhu said, “I am very happy. Manish Sisodia ji met us early morning today. I will be going to school on Wednesday.”

This article originally appeared on The Hindu.

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Advice | 3 years ago | Reply | Recommend The Subcontinent is rife with religiosity. The people are good, hard working, intelligent, what is important is people of this region know that people accept others as individuals, and not what religion one belongs to. Humanness comes before religion, as we all are humans first and last, and this is the most import factor that is common. Create an atmosphere of equality for all. This region can progress far better, faster, if religion is kept as an issue between the individual and his maker. The combined population of the region can be a win win potential.
ramdar | 3 years ago | Reply | Recommend @khunshan: Hindus or Muslims, from Pakistan or India (particularly northwest) are very similar in capabilities & aspirations. It is the environment that makes a big difference to their achievements. Hindus from west Pakistan, who migrated to India during & after partition, have achieved great success in India. Those who were left behind faced a different fate. Enlightened Pakistanis have written how the education system in Pakistan trains young minds to hate certain communities. Your comment just proves it. Millions of Bangladeshi Muslims too illegally migrated to India, to seek a better life. You will find them in slums of Indian metros & eastern states. In India too, Minuscule minorities like Parsis, Jews & small minorities like Sikhs & Christians have contributed far more than their numbers. Under the current regime of Bangladesh, Hindus finally have some chance to prosper.
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