US universities allay Indian students' fears following Trump ban
A number of American universities are reaching out to prospective Indian students to inform them that they are welcome to their campuses, irrespective of the Trump administration's statements. The move is aimed at allaying fears of overseas students following President Donald Trump's immigration ban. The mails sent by universities have become necessary as America is a major hub for Indian students.
Nearly 1.6 lakh Indian students enrolled into universities across America in 2015-16, according to the Institute of International Education. Indians constitute 16% of all foreign students studying in America, after Chinese (31.5%).
The Trump administration's immigration ban and proposed crackdown on H-1B visas have left youngsters planning to study in America confused. Education counsellors have started suggesting prospective students to consider studying in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Employment opportunities abroad have dwindled in general. Counsellors have advised those working in India and looking for further studies abroad to stay put for six more months.
The Duke University in South Carolina told international students via email that it will bring their concerns "to the attention of policymakers and public." The University of Miami said it will "always be a place for people of different cultures to come together." Similar mails have also been sent by University of Michigan and Northeastern University.
"Indians pursuing professional courses will have no issues as their student visas entitle them to a five-year optional practical training period," said education consultant Anupama Vijay. "Securing an H-1B visa become a concern" after this, she said, adding: Indian students will be "untouched" Trump's policy.