University Students’ Experiences of Militancy Affected FATA Areas and Academic Trajectories

Authors

  • Ajmal Khan University of Peshawar. Author
  • Syed Munir Ahmad University of Peshawar. Author
  • Shakeel Ahmad University of Peshawar. Author

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.62345/jads.2024.13.2.33

Keywords:

FATA Areas, Academic Achievements, Personal Trajectories

Abstract

This study explored university students' experiences in militancy-affected FATA areas and their personal and academic trajectories. This research study used a mixed-methods approach. A closed five-point Likert scale questionnaire and semi-structured interview schedule were used to collect data. A stratified sampling technique was used to select 300 students for the quantitative data, while a purposive sampling technique was used to collect qualitative data. Significant findings of the study show that militancy had severe detrimental effects on families. Students who had their schooling disrupted due to militancy in FATA faced difficult conditions when applying to universities, choosing the fields or subjects they wanted to study, locating appropriate colleges, and coping with the effect of militancy. It was not easy to acclimatize to university life. It was also highlighted as a challenge because there were high merit standards. Some respondents were shy and reluctant to adjust to the new surroundings. However, many respondents found support from their contemporaries who also belonged to the former FATA area. However, most respondents owned cell phones, while only a minority knew the possibility of employing them in educational settings. The findings of this study, which provide evidence-based recommendations for enhancing the personal and academic trajectories of university students in FATA, have the potential to impact both policy and practice of education and conflict studies. Additionally, it has the potential to serve as a valuable resource for policymakers, educators, and practitioners who work in situations analogous to the ones being studied.

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Author Biographies

  • Ajmal Khan, University of Peshawar.

    PhD Scholar, Institute of Education and Research, University of Peshawar, Pakistan.

  • Syed Munir Ahmad, University of Peshawar.

    Associate Professor, Institute of Education and Research, University of Peshawar, Pakistan.

  • Shakeel Ahmad, University of Peshawar.

    PhD Scholar, Institute of Education and Research, University of Peshawar, Pakistan.

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Published

2024-05-28

How to Cite

University Students’ Experiences of Militancy Affected FATA Areas and Academic Trajectories. (2024). Journal of Asian Development Studies, 13(2), 414-426. https://doi.org/10.62345/jads.2024.13.2.33

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