The United States government has agreed to give visa to Ratul
Khan, a high school topper from Assam, to visit NASA on a state
government scholarship, days after his application was rejected.
Seven students, who had topped in the exam this year, were
selected by the government as part of a Deba Kumar Bora Memorial
exposure trip to National Aeronautics and Space Administration
While Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Tuesday handed over tickets
to the six others for their 14-day trip to the US, Khan, who
topped the Assam High Madrasa Examination, was left out as he was
denied a visa by the US government.
The Assam government said the application was not rejected but
kept on hold with the US government not assigning any specific
reason for this.
However, the chief minister's office Wednesday said the US
authorities had taken a fresh decision on Ratul Khan's application
and after Gogoi forwarded a request to the US embassy.
"The office of the US Consulate General in India informed the
Assam chief minister that Khan will be given visa to visit NASA as
part of the scholarship after considering the request," said a
statement by the chief minister's office.
It said the student will leave for the US Thursday from New Delhi
with the six others.
The other toppers are Gyandeep Sarmah, Bhaswati Deka, Stuty Khound,
Shahinoor Rahman, Parijat Priyadarshini and Priyanka Bezbaruah.
Ratul, who belongs to a poor family in Alikash village in Kamrup
district, topped the Assam High Madrasa Examination and won the
opportunity to visit the US for 14 days.
The Deba Kumar Bora Memorial exposure trip to NASA facilitates the
first three position holders of the high school and high madrasa
examination every year to visit NASA.