4 Indian-American groups and 64 Asian-American groups have filed a complaint against Harvard University. The US Department of Education has dismissed the charges.
These organisation have accused the prestigious and the Ivy league institution of discriminating against Asian-origin applicants in its admissions process.
The organisations had submitted a 50 page complaint to support claim.
The complaints were registered as the students alleged that they have been facing discrimination because of their race and have been unfairly rejected by the Harvard University during admission process.
Many Asian-Americans students have also complained on being sidelined despite the perfect test scores and winning significant awards or leadership positions in various extracurricular activities.
The Department of Education has however, dismissed the complaint because it is similar to an ongoing and separate federal lawsuit filed against Harvard. The decision from the Department of Justice is awaited.
The lack of a positive response from Harvard has led to the organisations like American Society of Engineers of Indian Origin, BIT Sindri Alumni Association of North India, Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin-Los Angeles Chapter and National Federation of Indian American Associations to expand their complaints.
A report from them suggests that there are lots of other Ivy League schools discriminating against Asians without their own pending discrimination lawsuits.
The lawyers representing Harvard University have filed a motion to delay it until a verdict is reached in another affirmative action case that the US Supreme Court recently agreed to review a second time.