OCIs and PIOs MUST be treated on PAR with Indian Nationals in Universities and COLLEGES
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There are government, autonomous and private universities and colleges that classify the Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs) and Person of Indian Origin (PIO) as Foreign Nationals or International Students even though most of them are sons and daughters of a global workforce who have done most of their schooling or their entire schooling in India with CBSE, ICSE or State boards. They are citizens by BIRTH of some other country because the parents had an opportunity to work in that foreign country for a few years by their employer, India being the IT SERVICES capital of the world. Upon their return to the greatest country on earth today, India, they put their sons and daughters through the various Indian boards for their school education.
Universities and colleges classify these kids as Foreign Nationals or International students to extract HIGHER FEES, that too in $, although the helpless parents are being paid only in Indian Rupees and they cannot afford it. For all reasons, they are LEGAL Indian Tax Residents for years together but still get segmented into a higher bracket by the professional educational institutions in engineering, medical, law, etc. Also the number of seats in this quota is also very limited.
It is only FAIR for the Government of India to grant the same privileges to OCIs and PIOs in education as this was one of the prime criteria that many Indians who had settled in foreign countries came back to India for pure patriotic reason and ensuring that they can imbibe the same value and culture to their kids that they had enjoyed during their young days.
So legitimately they should be provided with the same privileges of any Indian citizens in terms of the lower fees and more seats in those institutions and this has to be enforced starting immediately. We hereby apply to the Honorable Prime Minister and the Minister of Human Resources to give all the same level playing field in their ongoing parliament sessions and make it a mandate for all folks who reside in India to have the SAME SOCIAL and EDUCATIONAL Status and rights. This should apply to all IIT JEE, CETs, CLAT, AIIMS, AIPMT, NEET, CAT etc. TESTS and even for the scholarship programs like KVPY,IISER etc. starting 2017. There must not be any differentiation between Indian citizens, PIOs and OCIs at all when it comes to education.
India is roaring now and we want all the citizens, OCIs and PIOs to contribute to making it a better country that would cause envy to the world in years to come.
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