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Education shouldn’t be stymied: Sushma Swaraj breaks barrier


There must not be any situation when one is restricted from getting education. It is furthermore applicable when the candidate worth deserves it. And here our External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has done some really good job by securing a medical seat in Karnataka for Mashal Maheshwari, the Pakistani born Hindu girl who was denied to appear for Pre-Medical Test (PMT) even after scoring 91 per cent in the CBSE Class 12 examination, just because of her Pakistani nationality.

Mashal Maheshwari: Who’s the Girl

Mashal Maheshwari is a Pakistan born Hindu girl who is also a Pakistani by her nationality. This 19-year-old girl flew all the way from Pakistan to Jaipur in Rajasthan, India with her family five years ago, leaving her hometown Hyderabad in Sindh province, Pakistan.

With science stream (PCMB) she has passed the CBSE exam this year and has been praiseworthy all through her educational career in Pakistan. However, she was not allowed to appear for the All India Pre Medical Test (AIPMT) as only NRIs and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) are allowed to take the examination, while she and her family are here on a long-term visa. Her Pakistani nationality came between her dream to become a doctor and the way to fulfill it.

Education for All: Actually Proved

Now with the personal initiative of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Mashal has got the opportunity to join medical course in Karnataka.  After knowing Mashal’s story, Sushma Swaraj reached out to her and assured her that she would help her realize her dream.

Swaraj had tweeted on Sunday “Mashal – Don’t be disappointed my child. I will personally take up your case for admission in a Medical College.” On Monday she again tweeted “Mashal — I am watching you on CNN News. Please contact me on Telephone: 011-23794344. I am waiting for your call.” Subsequently, in a telephonic conversation, Swaraj sought Mashal’s certificates over email and offered her a seat in Karnataka.

What Next

Though it’s a great opportunity for Mashal but she said her parents are hesitant to send her to Karnataka. “My parents are reluctant to send me there because the language and the region are completely new. It took us two years to completely adjust to this environment in Rajasthan,” she informed the media. Now wait and watch what happens next!

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