British academician denied entry in South India

One of the scholars of Birkbeck, University of London was unexpectedly denied entry to India when she had landed in Hyderabad airport to attend an International academic conference.

The British academician, Penny Vera Sanso writes on gender relations in urban and rural India, and on the impacts of liberalisation. She was invited to attend the 12th Global Conference on Ageing in Hyderabad between June 10 and June 13.

Dr. Vera-Sanso was travelling with a valid passport and visa issued to her for the purpose of developing further research on aging with India’s academic community.

The report says that she was denied entry without any particular reason. Interestingly, Sanso has been involved with Indian research studies since 1990.

Dr. Vera-Sanso

Dr. Vera-Sanso

The report says that Sanso has reason to believe that entry was denied because of a Gujarat trip she undertook in March this year. Sanso has also she has been told that she would not be allowed to enter the country for another two years by the Indian authorities.

The report says that Sanso has reason to believe that entry was denied because of a Gujarat trip she undertook in March this year. Sanso has also she has been told that she would not be allowed to enter the country for another two years by the Indian authorities.

The Birkbeck, University of London in a statement told that, “Dr Vera-Sanso, a respected researcher who has undertaken research in India since 1990, has met with an official at the Indian High Commission in London since her return but the reason for the decision is not clear at this point.”

The University has also expressed concern over the development. ““Birkbeck, University of London, is concerned that a member of its academic community has been excluded from India and has been unable to attend an international conference.

Today’s academics work in an increasingly global environment and their contribution to the global production of knowledge is of benefit to all. It is vital that academics are given the freedom to associate with colleagues around the world and to share their research.”

Sharanya Bharathwaj

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