While US universities put together a legal fight against the deportation threat faced by international students, about 2 lakh of whom are Indian, students and faculty are charting their own resistance paths to buy time — with class swap sheets, impromptu in-person courses and relentless petitions.
The new rules don’t allow an international student who is taking all classes online to stay on in the US. So students have come up with a stopgap solution — they are updating a sheet, by the hour, on in-person classes in 13 institutions. International students can take a spot that a resident student gives up.
International students make up 5.5% of the US higher education base. And of the nearly 10,95,299 international students in the US, 2,02,014 are from India, about 18%, according to the Institute of International Education. “So far, response from the institutions and faculty has been reassuring … We will have a town hall meeting with the International Students & Scholars Office in four or five days,” a PhD candidate from the University of Pennsylvania told TOI.
Many professors have come forward to offer courses that could help international students stay on. “I will do an in-person, face-to-face independent study with any … student who faces removal from the US based on the new ICE policy,” a New York academic wrote. Students at University of California, Berkeley put together an in-person course just for international students.
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