The government on Wednesday said the United States authorities have initiated the process of transfer of students affected by the Tri-Valley University fraud to other U.S. varsities.

“The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement has begun the process of adjusting the status and transfer of eligible students on a case by case basis,” External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna informed the Lok Sabha during Question Hour.

Urging the members to keep the “larger picture” in mind while expressing their concern over Indian students who fell victim to the Tri-Valley fraud, he said nearly 100,000 Indian students were pursuing different courses in the U.S.. He said federal authorities were inquiring into the Tri-Valley university affair. “Let us await the result of inquiries and our focus is now on rehabilitation of students who were affected by Tri-Valley University fraud,” he said.

Mr. Krishna said that students should also exercise caution and verify the antecedents of foreign universities while applying for higher studies abroad.

“It is for the students themselves to make verification with their friends and on the internet,” the Minister said. He informed the House that the government was monitoring various educational institutions in the U.S..

Mr. Krishna said the government's primary concern was welfare of the affected Indian students and to ensure that their academic career was not jeopardised due to the closure of the Tri-Valley University for alleged fraudulent practices.

The Minister said that he had raised the issue of the plight of the students of the Tri-Valley University during his meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently.

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