Thursday, March 3, 2011


LUDHIANA, MARCH 3:(Anmol Singh)

A seminar on 'opportunities for higher education in the United States (US) and visa process,' was organized here today by PAU Science Club, which saw the participation of the students from the constituent colleges of the university. Ms Naomi Matos, Vice-Councillor in US Embassy delivered a lecture on 'studying abroad: US higher education.'

Speaking on this occasion, Dr Gursharan Singh, Dean, Postgrduate Studies, said that keeping in view the frauds taking place in visa process, the university has taken the initiative to create awareness among the generation Y and educate them about the visa application process. Highlighting the activities of PAU, he added that it is having number of collaborations with the US universities such as Iowa State University, Colorado State University, Washington State University, University of Wisconsin, etc. in the field of agriculture, academics, research and technology transfer. Dr Singh further said that the club is active not only in organizing the interactive meetings of the students and faculty with the scientists and delegates but also in organization of the seminars for the benefit of the students. Dr. Singh said that it was for the first time that an official from US Embassy visited PAU to give useful tips to students for acquiring visa.

Enhancing the knowledge of the participants, Ms Matos said that the top five countries having the maximum number of students studying in US were – China, India, South Korea, Canada and Japan. She dwelt on the application race with the focus on text taking shortlist, for apply (7-10 months), administrative decisions, apply for student visa and pre-departure orientation. Emphasizing on finding the right university, she impressed upon the students to consider facts such as climate, location, international population, research and proximity to relatives. Referring to USA visa policy, Ms Matos highlighted the fact 'secure borders, open doors' and gave some additional security steps with emphasis on SEVIS for student/exchange visa, in-person interview and finger printing. She also shed light on student visa application process, security regulations, students and exchange visitor rules. Warning the participants, she advised that not to bring fake documents to US Embassy as it can make the person permanently ineligible for visa to US. Incase, one needs help in finding a school in the United States, one can check out the United States India Education Foundation (USIEF) at, informed Ms Matos.

Earlier, Dr BS Sohal, Controller of Examination, PAU, welcomed Ms Matos, Rajinder S.Marwaha, Fraud Prevention Unit, Embassy of the United State of America and the participants. In an interactive session, all the queries pertaining to the visa process were responded. Those present on the occasion were Registrar Dr R.K.Mahey, Director of Research Dr S.S.Gosal, Dean, College of Agriculture Dr D.S.Cheema, Dean, College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology Dr PPS Lubana, Coordinators of Research, Heads and faculty of various departments of PAU.
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