LOS ANGELES (Diya TV) — The American Society of Engineers of National Capital Chapter and the Global Organization of Los Angeles Chapter, two Indian-American groups, have joined in a lawsuit with over 130 Asian-American bodies in a complaint filed by the Asian-American Coalition for Education against Yale, Brown University and Dartmouth College.

The complaint was filed with the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice. It alleges the three schools “engaged in unlawful discrimination against Asian-American applicants to their colleges” and participate in a “covert and insidious scheme to enforce race-based quotas in college admissions” in violation of the US Constitution.

“Although discrimination by elite colleges against Asian-American students is widespread, AACE and the joining organizations are bringing this complaint against the three named Ivy League Colleges because Brown University and Dartmouth College have maintained the lowest admission rates for Asian-American students, while Yale University not only maintains a relatively low admission rate for Asian-American applicants, but also engages in destroying admissions records at its law school,” the complaint said.

In May of last year, a similar complaint was filed against Harvard University, with similar accusations of discrimination against Asian-American students made from a coalition of 64 groups. That complaint further alleged Harvard was discriminating purely on race, and not limiting its scope to that strictly of Asian-Americans.

The complaint further alleged the Asian-American college-age population in the U.S. has grown from 2.5 per cent in 1995 to 5.1 percent in 2011.

In the same period, the percentage of Asian-Americans at Yale and most other Ivy League colleges has declined because of “negative stereotyping coupled with racial quotas and caps, maintained by racially differentiated standards for admission that severely burden Asian-American applicants.”