In response to the recent political shift in Afghanistan, the University of British Columbia announced in August that it would be waiving the application fees for Afghan graduate students. The fee is not only waived for those individuals who hold citizenship, but also those with a permanent address in Afghanistan. A step in the right direction to Dr. Naveena Naqvi (assistant professor of Persianate Islamic cultures of South Asia), and she believes it is equally important to keep Afghan cultures alive on campus so that students feel comfortable and at home. Echoing Dr. Naqvi's sentiments, Kimani Karangu (president of UBC's Graduate Student Society), suggested that an emergency trust fund could be set up by UBC for Afghan students "to support their academics and life as they try to come to terms with the plight of their dislocated families."

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