Kawesh Kumar came to Delhi in January. His cousin Wikeesh Kumar, has been living in Delhi since 2015.
"We came here with our family on a visiting visa and since we don't want to go back we apply for extension every time," Kawesh Kumar said. As Hindus residing in Pakistan, they faced "many problems". "And now here we are facing problems with our admission," he added.
Kawesh Kumar has completed his schooling from Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education BS Sukker, Sindh, Pakistan. Wikeesh finished Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education from Pakistan's Sindh province.
Education activist Ashok Aggarwal tweeted:
The authorities at IGNOU said their norms for admission to foreign students don't permit them to take in the cousins.
IGNOU denies admission to Pakistani Hindu Refugee students for want of student Visa - Lawyer tweets to Ms. Sushma Swaraj for help— Ashok Agarwal (@socialjurist) April 5, 2017
News agency Press Trust of India reported that a source said as per norms, international students residing in India can pursue IGNOU programmes. "They need to submit their admission forms along with a copy of valid study visa for the minimum duration of the programme... A no-objection certificate from the Embassy concerned in India regarding study in IGNOU is also needed," PTI quoted the source as saying.