Indian, Asian groups allege 'racial balancing' in Harvard admissions

60 Asian-American groups, including four Indian groups, report discriminatory practices in Harvard University's admission process

Washington: A coalition of more than 60 Asian-American groups, including four Indian groups, have sought an investigation into what they allege are “discriminatory practices” in Harvard University’s admission process.

In a complaint filed on Friday with justice and education departments, the coalition asked that Harvard be required to “immediately cease and desist from using racial quota or racial balancing” to admit students.

The authorities must also “ensure that Harvard and other Ivy League schools will never again discriminate against Asian-Americans or applicants of any other races”, it said.

The complaint has the support of a number of Chinese, Korean, Indian and Pakistani-American groups, according to Yukong Zhao, one of the chief organisers.

Indian groups in the coalition include the Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO), National Federation of Indian American Associations, BIT Sindri Alumni Association of North India, and American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin.

Also included are the Chinese-American Association of Orange county in California, and the Pakistani Policy Institute in New York.

“We want to eliminate discrimination of Asian Americans, and we want procedural justice for all racial groups,” said Zhao. “All racial groups should be treated equal.”

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