MSU stands with the Indian people

07-13-2006

Earlier in the week, there was another series of terrorist bombings that targeted civilians, this time in India, killing some 200 people and injuring hundreds more. At this writing, it isn’t yet clear who is responsible, but we in the MSU community deplore the action and we extend our condolences to all of those affected by these cowardly attacks.

MSU has two study abroad programs in India this summer: a Vet Med program in Chennai on the opposite coast from Mumbai (where the bombings took place) that concludes this Saturday; and another in International Lodging Development and Management that leaves for New Delhi on Monday. All of our students on the current program are fine, and no one on the program leaving Monday has dropped out. In addition, faculty and organizers of the New Delhi program have made additional arrangements to assure that the group will be as safe as possible during their time there.

As always, MSU and the Office of Study Abroad will place the highest priority on the safety and security of our students, faculty and programs.

I’ve also heard from the Office for International Students & Scholars, which has been in touch with the presidents of MSU’s India Club and the Coalition of Indian Undergraduate Students. As well as can be determined, none of our students or their immediate family members suffered any harm in the bombings.

Only time will tell whether these attacks have a longer-term impact on our students and programs. But for now, the MSU community stands with the Indian people, the Indian government and the international community in condemning the attacks and mourning the human toll it has taken.

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