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Updated: January 28, 2011 03:34 IST

India will take up students' issue with U.S., says Krishna

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S.M. Krishna. File Photo: K. Gopinathan
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External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Thursday said India would take up the matter of several Indian students left in the lurch owing to the closure of a U.S. university, after receiving a report from its Washington embassy.

“We have asked for a report from our embassy and when a report is issued, we will be taking it up with the U.S. government,'' the Minister told journalists here. Till the issue is sorted out, Indian missions have been told that they would have to look after the welfare of the students. At the same time, Mr. Krishna found it “strange'' that the affected students had not approached the Indian missions in the U.S. so far.

According to a U.S. government complaint filed in a California court, the university had helped foreign nationals acquire immigration status illegally. According to reports, Tri-Valley University was shut down on suspicion of immigration fraud and the overwhelming majority of the students were from India. The reports further said the Indian students, mostly from Andhra Pradesh, could be deported as they had lost the student visa status.

According to State Department transcripts, its spokesperson P.J. Crowley said with regard to the issue that, “any activity involving visa fraud would obviously be of great concern to us. The investigation of that is done by law enforcement, obviously with our cooperation, since we are the ones who issue visas.''

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Now more and more Indian's are coming to USA especially from southern states with all kind of fake certificates, and also there are many Indian owned agencies in US and India, promoting this kind of activities.Goverment of India must verify all the applicants who are applying for foreign visa especially to US otherwise genuine candidates from India will not be accepted any where in US nor will they get respect while applying for jobs.These types of activities will bring defame to Indian communities already in US.

from:  Shaji
Posted on: Jan 30, 2011 at 04:53 IST

Why do students join ANY university in USA without doing any research on how it is? Why this desperation to come to USA by any means possible?Furthermore, how could so many students be working in other states without proper work permits? Obviously most of them would have lied to the Govt. regarding address etc. or they would have been deported earlier itself.
If one wants to venture abroad for studying, one should only attend a reputed university, just being 'US returned, means nothing.

from:  Himanshu
Posted on: Jan 29, 2011 at 02:58 IST

The Indian Minister is best advised to co-operate with the US government to take action on Indian students who migrated to US on illegal means.

from:  C.B.Gupta
Posted on: Jan 28, 2011 at 23:13 IST

Report from the embassy, most certainly yes. But why wouldn't the honorable minister not do a quick search online to see clear as daylight how respectable the "university" looks. Maybe there is nothing "strange" about the website. And to think, we are trying to accredit/regulate colleges here in India. Of-course as Crowley says, the root of it is at the visa issuing stage. But would you have me believe *all* of the students who applied/went to the university did not know what they were getting into? C'mon we know better than that, Minister.

from:  Rajan
Posted on: Jan 28, 2011 at 05:23 IST
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