Dhaka, Oct. 14 -- After a three-year struggle, he finally earned the opportunity to pursue his PhD at an American university and all that remains between him and his dreams now is a visa.

The student aspires to become a teacher, although he was unable to secure the first or second place in his class in BUET. A PhD from abroad would enable him to fulfil his dream, he thought.

On that note, he started working as a research assistant for a BUET teacher while making preparations to go to the US. But now, he is stuck on the last hurdle as uncertainties over the visa process threatens to derail his plans.

"Everyone is aware of the social stigma that an educated but unemployed person confronts in Bangladesh," he said.

"After struggling for t...