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Post ID: #PID Posted on: 30-11-06 19:10:45

US Fulbright scholars facing visa problems in India: Mulford

December 01, 2006 01:16 IST

US Ambassador David Mulford on Thursday expressed concern that aspiring Fulbright scholars wanting to visit India are having problems in getting their projects cleared and visas issued by Indian authorities.

\"There is a great deal of difficulty in India with Fulbright scholarships. It is unusually difficult for US students to get their programmes cleared in India and visas issued,\" Mulford told a round-table discussion in Kolkata on Thursday evening on 'US-India Cooperation in Education'.

Pointing out that 94 teachers and students intending to do Fulbright programmes in India were awaiting visa clearance, he said, \"Some of the programmes are :( rejected without reason:( . The programme is already delayed and the commitment is to end in December. What happens to them after that?\"

:cuss: There weren't as much opportunities for US students to visit India as there were for visiting Europe or even China, Mulford said. :cuss:

\"We are having difficulty figuring out how to encourage students to visit India. This is paradoxical when US-India relations are going to new heights,\" he added.

Stating that there were 1,700 US students currently in India, Mulford said people in his country were waking up to India's growing importance.

Representatives of Calcutta University, Jadavpur University, Rabindra Bharati University, IISWBM, Visva-Bharati and St Xavier's College informed the envoy about their institutions' tie-up projects with US universities.

Mulford said instead of 'one-off' tie-ups, the Indian universities should consider joint venture possibilities with their US counterparts.

Speech by Thomas Friedman of The New York Times....

"When we were young kids growing up in America, we were told to eat our
vegetables at dinner and not leave them. Mothers said, 'think of the
starving children in India and finish the dinner.' And now I tell my
children: 'Finish your maths homework. Think of the children in India
who would make you starve, if you don't.'"

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Post ID: #PID Posted on: 30-11-06 21:10:14

Talking about refusal, Last month when I was at Indian Embassy Toronto I met 4 different people who got refused for VISA.

One person overstayed significantly, other person had conflicting information from previous applications. The other people I am not sure what was the reason.


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