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Study in India suspended

     Following the September 11 terrorism and subsequent reports of possible threats in India, Skidmore students beginning a fall semester in India were brought home in late September.

     The semester-in-India program is managed by a small consortium of New York State colleges, which decided to bring home all its students, including five from Skidmore who had arrived in India in mid-August.

     The first concerns were raised by Robert Linrothe, Skidmore art historian and India program director, who shared Indian press reports that Osma bin Laden had named India as a terrorism target and that two Muslim leaders in India had said they would organize protests if the United States acted against any Muslim nation. Given the danger of sectarian violence, the consortium decided to play it safe and bring the students home.

     Skidmore offices worked quickly to reintegate the returnees, finding dormitory housing, arranging some academic credit for their early work in India, and enrolling them in fall-semester courses, including a special India course taught by Linrothe. Officials hope to resume the India program next fall. —SR


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