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UC Audit reveals standards held lower for out-of-state applicants

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uc-berkeley(Diya TV) — A recent audit of the University of California at Berkeley revealed that thousands of students from out of state with lower grades and test scores than state residents have been receiving higher admission rates as an effort to raise more cash for the school.

In the last three years, nearly 16,000 nonresident undergraduates — about 29 percent of those admitted — have been admitted to the prestigious public university with grade-point averages and test scores below the median of admitted Californians, according to a state audit released Tuesday. The 116-page audit criticizes university practices that it says undermine state residents’ access in favor of nonresident students who pay almost triple in tuition to that of a state resident — $38,108 per year versus $13,400.

According to the state’s Master Plan for Higher Education, the UC should only admit nonresidents who are as qualified as the “upper half of residents who are eligible for admission.” In 2011, the language of the plan was amended so that nonresidents only had to “compare favorably” the audit notes.

“The Master Plan is the commitment that California made to high school students and families that if they work hard, they’ll have the opportunity to an education at UC,” State Auditor Elaine Howle said. “The problem is that UC campuses have an incentive to bring in nonresidents — and that’s hurting California high school graduates who want to go to UC.”

Beginning in 2008, regents of the UC system began encouraging nonresident enrollment by allowing campuses to retain the extra tuition money brought in instead of sharing it with other schools. As a direct result, enrollment of nonresidents more than quadrupled in the last decade, while the enrollment of Californians only increased by 10 percent, despite the fact resident applications rose 52 percent.

Now, Howle is recommending the State Legislature put a cap on the number of nonresidents who can enroll. The recommendation has already been met with positive review by two lawmakers, Assemblywomen Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto (Stanislaus County), and Catharine Baker, R-San Ramon. Both say they plan to introduce a bill that will do just that, and will require higher admission standards for nonresidents at the same time.

UC Berkeley President Janet Napolitano

UC Berkeley President Janet Napolitano

Whether or not the UC system will be required to comply is up for debate, unlike the California State University system, UC is autonomous.

In a rebuttal to the audit, UC President Janet Napolitano writes that the university has enrolled more California students than it receives funding for from the state, and calls the claim that UC is undermining resident applicants “unfounded.” She added: “If anything has constrained the enrollment of California students, it has been reductions in state funding. Nonresidents pay the full cost of their education — and more.”

UC also responded with its own report, “Straight Talk on Hot-Button Issues: UC Admissions, Finances, and Transparency 2016,” that says “UC policies overwhelmingly favor California residents” and points out that the admission rate for in-state applicants is higher than that of nonresidents.

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“Look at India. It’s filthy!” Trump exclaims during debate

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NASHVILLE (Diya TV) — Former Vice President Biden and President Trump held their second and final debate in Nashville. The tone of the event was markedly improved from the first debate, thanks largely because of a rule implemented that muted the microphone during dedicated speaking times. We’ll analyze the key moments, including when President Trump called China, India and Russia “filthy” when discussing climate change.

WATCH what the President said about India here:

President Trump claims “India is filthy!” at the Presidential Debate

The State of California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing voluntarily dismissed their federal lawsuit accusing Cisco Systems Inc. and two of their former employees of discriminating against an Indian American Dalit engineer. No explanation was given, but state officials said they will refile the matter in state court.

Dr. Mukul Chandra, a prominent cardiologist in the Toledo, Ohio area, has died from complications related to COVID-19. He was 57. 

Dr. Chandra was the medical director of Cardiac Preventive Care and Research at Miami Valley Hospital and received a plasma donation as a possible remedy for the virus. And hundreds of people around the globe offered their help.

WATCH the full debate here:

Last Presidential 2020 Debate between President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Biden & Harris issue happy Navratri greetings

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WILMINGTON, Delaware (Diya TV) — Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris continue their efforts to court the Indian diaspora, as each issued Navratri greetings. Biden & his wife Jill sent their best wishes, tweeting “may good once again triumph over evil.” And Harris and her husband Doug added “may this holiday serve as an inspiration to…build a more inclusive and just America.”

But at the same time, Harris’ niece Meena deleted an image she posted of her auntie being depicted as Goddess Durga, which led to a petition asking her to apologize. Meena Harris is a lawyer, entrepreneur and daughter of Kamala Harris’ sister, Maya. The image she posted photoshopped Kamala Harris’ face onto Hindu Goddess Durga, showing Joe Biden as her lion and President Trump as a demon she slays.

The chances of finding Indian American professor Sam Dubal, who has been missing for nearly two weeks, appear to be waning. Dubal went on a backpacking trip near Mt. Rainier in Washington state and hasn’t been seen since. Authorities say cold and snowy weather is hampering their chances of finding the University of Washington professor.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Man stabbed during brawl at Sikh temple near Seattle

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RENTON, Wa. (Diya TV) — At least six people were injured and one of them was briefly hospitalized with stab wounds during a brawl at the Gurudwara Singh Sabha in Renton, Washington. Renton Police say at least 20 people at the temple were fighting when police arrived. Police added a similar incident happened last week at a Sikh temple in Kent, Washington. Sources tell Diya TV the skirmish was between people that were pro-India and folks that did not view India in a favorable light. No arrests were made.

The Quad military alliance is complete after Australia agreed to be part of the Malabar Exercise to be held in Bay of Bengal next month, joining the United States, India and Japan as part of the naval exercise.

As seen on Diya TV, the South Asian Bar Association held a Presidential Town Hall featuring Asheesh Agarwal, a member of Indian Voices for Trump advisory board and Neera Tanden, the CEO of the Center for American Progress, moderated by journalist and professor Sree Sreenivasan.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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