Nearly 70 Indian students of the University of Northern Virginia, which was recently raided by the U.S. authorities on charges of fraud, have met Indian Embassy officials here and sought help in continuing their studies in the country.
Authorities in the U.S. last week raided offices of the university’s Annandale campus on charges of fraud, where 90 per cent of the 2,400 students are from India.
The students and their representatives explained some of their concerns particularly related to the time, money and energy that many of them had already spent at the university. These students wanted to see if some arrangement can be made that the years that have already spent at the University of Northern Virginia were not lost.
During the meeting, the Embassy officials explained to the students in detail what they had been told by U.S. authorities especially that the investigation is against the university and not the students, secondly the university is not being completely closed and finally visa status of the students was being maintained and those who wanted would have the opportunity to transfer to other universities.
The Embassy would be taking up the proposals of students with the U.S. authorities to see how the interest of the students could be protected.
Based in a suburb of Washington, the University of Northern Virginia has been issued notice by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement of their intent to withdraw the license to admit foreign students.