Indian envoy to US Sandhu says waiting period for visas will be drastically reduced

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India’s Ambassador to the United States, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, said this week that the waiting time for US visas for Indians would drop significantly, the indian express said in a report.

His comments came during a discussion at the University of Chandigarh campus in Gharuan. He said the matter was taken up by Union External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar with his counterpart US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, following which the situation related to visa appointments has improved. He also referred to more than 100,000 H and L visa appointments issued by the US Embassy.

Sandhu said US officials realize the contribution and importance of India traveling to the US, referring to professionals in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.

He also urged Indian universities to create “specialty fields” such as space technology, information technology, agriculture, mathematics and other fields where Indian expertise has been recognized globally. Indian Express Report said.

He said such measures will ensure that international students can be attracted from all over the world to study in India.

He also spoke about the US State Department’s Gandhi-King Scholarship Exchange Initiative under which a number of US students can come to study in India. It also allows faculty members to visit Indian universities as part of exchange programs and joint research initiatives.

He also urged Indian universities to reach out to their international counterparts and take initiatives to establish offshore campuses of global universities on the existing campuses of Indian universities. Sandhu said “campus-to-campus relationships, twin programs and joint research initiatives” are areas that Indian universities should address to globalize Indian education while emphasizing the importance of the new education policy .

According the indian express report, he said India’s global image had improved under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Sandhu also said that several world leaders have approached Prime Minister Modi to resolve international issues.

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