Japan-bound Odia student excited after crossing passport hurdle

Bhubaneswar: It is a dream come true for Ankur Majumdar. The first year Plus II student of Nabarangpur would get a passport to visit Japan to participate in the Sakura Exchange Programme from April 17 to 23.

Though getting a passport is no big deal, Ankur is excited after the Regional Passport Office accepted his application for a passport without having to wait for months as most people have to do.

Due to lack of documents supporting citizenship of Ankur’s father, the Plus II first year student was unable to get a passport. However, after a report was telecast by OTV, the Regional Passport Officer considered his application after Ankur met him and apprised him of the urgent need for a passport.

Digbijay Giri, Regional Passport Officer, Bhubaneswar, said, “Some technical issues, including police verification, have been sorted out. During a meeting yesterday, I told him the passport will be given to him by March 10, the deadline for him to apply for his Japan visit.”

Expressing his thanks to Regional Passport Officer, Ankur said, “There were some issues which were sorted out by the office. They have promised me to give the passport tomorrow.”

Notably, Ankur is among the sixty students of the country selected to participate in the Sakura Exchange Programme of Japan. He will present a project on waste management in trains at the programme.