US university asks 25 Indian students to leave

US university asks 25 Indian students to leave

WASHINGTON: According to agencies, it is reported that at least 25 Indian students who are currently in their first semester of computer sciences programme at Western Kentucky University have been asked to return to India or find placement in other schools, because they did not meet the admission standards of the varsity, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on a US visit.

Prime Minister Modi is on a three-day visit to the US, where he will hold bilateral talks with US President Barack Obama and also give an address to the US Congress.

Some 60 Indian students were enrolled for the programme in January this year and the university was said to have used international recruiters to enrol them.

James Gary, the chairman of Western Kentucky's computer science programme, told scribes that, "Almost 40 of the students did not meet the requirements of their admissions, even though they were offered remedial help by the university." Which means that 35 students may be allowed to continue while 25 must leave.

Gary further stated that, "If they come out of here without the ability to write programmes, that's embarrassing to my department."

The students had been admitted after a recruitment campaign in India where the recruiters had run advertisements offering spot admission to the university, as well as tuition discounts.

In a statement released by the university, it stated that, "It had altered its international recruitment efforts in India. The school will also send members of the computer science faculty to India to meet with students before offers of admission are made in the future."

Aditya Sharma, the Chairman of the Indian Student Association at Western Kentucky University expressed concern for the students who have been asked to leave, "I definitely feel badly for these students," said Sharma, a graduate student in public health administration. "They've come so far. They've invested money into it." However, "They could not meet their G.P.A. (grade point average), so the university had to take this decision."

(Agencies)

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