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Harvard biased against Indian, Asian students? US to probe

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Harvard biased against Indian, Asian students? US to probe

President Trump’s administration is all set to probe a complaint by four Indian-American organisations and other Asian groups claiming that Harvard University discriminates against students from the communities during its admission process.

Justice department spokeswoman, Sarah Isgur Flores said the department wants to probe the “administrative complaint filed by a coalition of 64 Asian-American associations in May 2015 that the prior Administration left unresolved. “The complaint alleges racial discrimination against Asian-Americans in a university’s admission policy and practices.”

Among the 64 Asian groups that together filed the federal complaint include the Global Organisation of Persons of Indian Origin (Gopio), National Federation of Indian-American Associations, American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin, and BITS Sindri Alumni Association of North India.

The complaint reads, “Many Asian-American students who have almost perfect SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) scores, top one per cent GPAs (Grade Point Average), plus significant awards or leadership positions in various extracurricular activities have been rejected by Harvard University and other Ivy League Colleges while similarly situated applicants of other races have been admitted.”

SAT is one of the common entrance exams for college admission.


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