Jaipur: Mashal Maheshwari, an 18 year old Pakistani girl who had moved to India with her parents from Sindh, on a religious visa, joined Sawai Man Singh Medical College on September 22. All thanks to the Minister for External Affairs, Mrs Sushma Swaraj who extended a helping hand in securing her an admission into the college.
A 91 percenter in her class XII CBSE Boards, Mashal was not permitted to take the NEET — an Indian common entry exam for those aspiring to pursue graduate medical courses —being a Pakistani citizen.
Disappointed, Ms. Maheshwari took a shot with the Minister, by writing to her for help, saying that it was her dream to become a neurologist or cardiologist and promising to serve India, forever. She wrote to the Minister, on May 29, 2016 and received a prompt reply that said “Mashal, don’t be disappointed my child. I will personally take up your case for admission in a medical college.”
The Minister’s office got into action and ensured that bright Mashal got into the medical institution. US Agarwal, the college Principal has confirmed having given the girl a seat in the institution, though the category has not been revealed.
Later, the Minister’s office asked Maheshwari to submit the documents required for admission, and she was soon offered a seat. US Agrawal, controller and principal of SMS medical college confirmed her admission, but did not reveal the category under which she had secured a seat.
The Maheshwaris, Mashal’s parents have studied at Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences in Jamshoro, and work as medical consultants at a private hospital in Jaipur. The family is seeking Indian citizenship too.
This is not the only case where the Minister has come to the aid of a Pakistani national, another case being that of Aliya Harir, who also reached out to Swaraj for the peaceful return of her delegation, after attending the 11th Global Youth Peace festival in Chandigarh.
The young woman once again got a moving response from the External Affairs Minister, who wrote on twitter saying,“Aliya – I was concerned about your well-being kyonki, betiyan to sabki, sanjhi hoti hain.”
Aliya responded very humbly,, “Extremely overwhelmed. Spoke to @SushmaSwaraj ji who assured that Pakistani delegation of #GYPF2016 will reach Pakistan back safe.”
Hats Off ! to our Minister, for playing the real ambassador of goodwill, in troubled times such as these, between the two nations.