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Report Dated March 30, 2017 8:05 PM
The Association of African Students in India is writing off India as a study destination. With the attack on Nigerian students, this destination is being marked as an “unsafe” country and students back home are being asked to not fly down to pursue education.
India’s international student composition sees a thick slice of Africans. While candidates from Asia make up the largest share, those from Africa form 19%.
Nigeria stands out prominently amongst the 17 countries of western Africa, as 883 students from there were studying in India in 2014, when the last headcount of international candidates was held.
“Across Indian campuses, we are facing harassment. Not only is it difficult to interact with the host students and faculty, we face issues with accommodation, visa, FRRO office, name calling, the list is too long. We are writing to students back home to not come here to study,” said Samuel Jack, president AASI, who is studying political science at Delhi University. How to live on campus, where are the course application forms available, how does one open a bank account, get a phone connection and some other basic data is also not available easily, complain students.
“We come here to study because it is cheaper than our country,” said Jack. “But the problems are too many and there are no special cells to assist the international community on campuses.”
The international students studying in the country during 2014 came from as many as 160 countries from across all continents. Around 75% were found to be from Asia followed by Africa, which accounted for about 19% of the total international students in India. America, Europe, Oceania and the persons of Indian origin and the non-resident Indian account for only 6% of the international students studying in India. While the largest count of international students came from Nepal (6,009), followed by 3,855 from Afghanistan, Africa comes next.
Of these, 647 boys and 236 girls came from Nigeria, the maximum from Africa, followed by 871 from Ethiopia and most of them are pursuing an undergraduate programme and they largely head to campuses in Uttar Pradesh, Bengaluru, Pune, Hyderabad and Delhi.
Report Dated March 28, 2017 7:47 PM
US universities have registered a sharp decline in the number of applications from Indian students after a spate of hate crimes+ and fear and anxiety about potential changes to visa policies by the Trump Administration.
According to the preliminary results of a survey of more than 250 American colleges and universities conducted by six top American higher education groups, students from India this fall registered a 26 per cent decline in undergraduate applications and 15 per cent decline has been reported in graduate applications.
The full version of the ‘Open Doors 2016’ report is slated to be released later this week.
These higher educational institutions reported a drop of an average of 40 per cent application from international students.
The report said that India and China currently make up 47 per cent of US international student enrollment, with almost half a million Indian and Chinese students studying in the US.
China reported a drop of 25 per cent application in undergraduate studies and 32 per cent from graduate studies, said the survey report.
Report Dated March 27, 2017 7:13 PM
A 33-year-old Indian immigrant from Kerala was assaulted and racially abused by five teenagers at a McDonald’s restaurant in Australia’s Hobart city (March 26). Li Max Joy, a nursing student and a part-time taxi driver, alleged that the group hurled racial abuses such as “You bloody black Indians” before attacking him in the car parking in North Hobart. He also alleged that police made no serious efforts to take action against his attackers.
This is the second incident of hate crime against an Indian in Australia within a week. On March 19, a Catholic priest, also from Kerala, was stabbed at a church in Melbourne city, as he was preparing to lead a Sunday Mass. The attacker was later arrested and charged with attempt to murder.
In this new case, Mr Joy said he went to the restaurant for coffee after returning from a trip. The group of teenagers — four boys and a girl – were already arguing with a McDonald’s employee. Soon, the group began abusing him too but left the spot after the restaurant called the police.
However, the teenagers returned to the area and assaulted Mr Joy.
He was admitted to Royal Hobart Hospital and treated for bleeding wounds, following which a CAT scan and an X-Ray were carried out to check for internal injuries.
After being discharged from hospital, he reported the incident to the police.
Report Dated March 26, 2017 6:25 PM
Police arrested the NRI who had abandoned his wife and nine-month-old son at the RGI Airport a month ago. Y. Keerthisai Reddy, a US-based mechanical engineer has been booked for harassment, on the basis of complaint filed by his mother-in-law. Police said Keerthisai’s mother harassed his wife Sirisha and did not allow her to breastfeed their son.
The couple got married in April 2015 and went to the US where Keerthisai worked as a mechanical engineer in Virginia while Sirisha, an engineering graduate, was a housewife.
The harassment began after Sirisha gave birth to a boy. Keerthisai suspected her fidelity.
His mother Vanitha who also went to the US also started harassing her daughter-in-law.
Sirisha narrated her woes to her mother in Hyderabad, who approached the police with the help of NGOs and filed a complaint at the Vanasthalipuram police station in January.
The couple arrived at Hyderabad in February. After landing, Keerthisai drove home along with his mother, leaving Sirisha at the airport.
Left in the lurch, Sirisha approached the authorities who arranged a cab for her to reach her parents’ home in Vanasthalipuram.
Report Dated March 26, 2017 6:19 PM
An Indian woman and her seven-year-old son were found dead in their home in New Jersey.
The victims were N Sasikala (40) and her son Anish Sai, their family, in Prakasam district, Andhra Pradesh said.
Sasikala’s husband N Hanumantha Rao found the bodies when he returned home from work.
In Vijaywada, Sasikala’s mother said: “We suspect that they have been murdered following an affair of my son-in-law with another woman there.”
Hanumantha Rao and Sasikala both were software professionals. Rao works in CTS and has been living in New Jersey for nine years. Sasikala used to work from home. The couple had been living in the US for nine years.
This is the latest in a series of incidents involving Indian techies.