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Old March 6th, 2007, 02:32 PM
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Thumbs down While Indians moan about US visas, India denies visas to US students!

This is typical of our government. We want US business, we want European busines, we want entire world to come and invest with us.

We want US student visas, we want H1B visas, we want B1 visas, but we dont want to give student visas to US and other international students!

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Still no luck for foreign scholars: Visa delay makes Chinese give up


Ananda Mazumdar
Posted online: Tuesday, March 06, 2007 at 0000 hrs IST
NEW DELHI, MARCH 5

When The Indian Express highlighted the plight of Fulbright scholars being subjected to unexplained delays by visa issuing authorities, the Government claimed it had addressed the issue by forming a high-powered inter-ministerial committee that meets every month to clear applications without delay. None of this, however, has helped Chinese scientist Mingmin Zhao.

Mingmin had won a fellowship to do research under the aegis of the India chapter of International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology — nothing politically sensitive about it. He was to have started his work in the 2006-07 academic calendar, but after desperate attempts he gave up on February 9.

“I have made a decision to give up this fellowship. I know the delays in the visa issue is beyond our control... the key reason is I have to do some more important things at out university in 2007,” he wrote to the ICGEB headquarters at Trieste, Italy.

ICGEB’s Director-General Prof F E Baralle apologised on February 22 to the scholar over the difficulty in obtaining the entry visa. “We regret very much that it is so difficult to obtain the entry visa to India, this is not compatible with ICGEB’s international status.”

As an international research organisation with member states from across the developing world, ICGEB funds research in areas important to these countries, like health and agriculture. The Centre in India is a key component of this network and has gained wide acceptability for the quality of material it produces. But while there is a growing number of foreigners showing interest in working in India, the programme has encountered visa problems.

Virander Singh Chauhan, ICGEB New Delhi’s director, says: “All I can say is that the cooperation between the Home Ministry and the Ministry of External Affairs could have been better.”

Mingmin’s visa application had been pending for several months and despite help from ICGEB, it failed to go through. And if there is any doubt on where the problem lay, Baralle’s reply clarifies it. “I take note of your decision to renounce the postdoctoral fellowship awarded to you because of the delay of the Indian Embassy in granting you a visa.”

Chauhan says his centre’s main task is to create technology that can be passed on to member states at a cheap cost. At anytime there are 35 students in his institute. Amid all efforts to keep this going, he spends considerable

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Re: While Indians moan about US visas, India denies visas to US students!

I believe this is a general Indian (government) tendency. Forget foreign students, a simple passport renewal... 3 months... still no news. I have even heard of passports for new-born babies pending for police clearance. While out in the US, mail your application (both US and Indian) and within 10 days... passport is in your hands. It will require a general rehauling... ravamping the entire system.
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Re: While Indians moan about US visas, India denies visas to US students!

cha and smallass pai....you do not realize the threat posed to Indian agriculture by such "scientists:
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Re: While Indians moan about US visas, India denies visas to US students!

Cha bhai, it is a Chinese scientist in question... not Amrikan as ur heading says....

Also, since there have been several issues over patenting things like Basmati and Haldi by US companies, the government is justified in doing so.


Last thing they want is some genetically modifed crop to be grown in India, for which some US based seed company gets royalties. Kahan se layenge hamare gareeb kisan seeds khareedne ke paise?


Do you know there was a situation in Punjab where a test was done using some GM wheat seeds. Guess what, the output was slightly higher, BUT, the resulting seeds were infertile, i.e. for the second crop the farmer had to go and buy more seeds. Traditionally all farmers save some seeds from the crop for the next cropping cycle. Our Agri sector is self sufficient, the last thing we need is globalisation to screw it up.


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