13 February 2011

Relief for Indian Students at Tri-Valley University : Radio Tags removed

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has promised to help the Indian students who were enrolled in the Tri-Valley University.

Foreign Minister SM Krishna, who is in New York, spoke to Clinton on phone and discussed the issue. Clinton has assured all help and has agreed to intervene and sort out the matter.

She has asked the Indian Ambassador to meet her on Monday and provide all details.

During their conversation, Krishna stressed upon her to find a humanitarian and rapid solution as many students had come on a legal visa and for no fault of theirs, stand to lose out academically and financially.

Krishna also asked Clinton to give students some time to shift to some other university.

The California-based university was shut down on charges of a massive visa fraud.

According to a federal complaint filed in a California court in January, the university helped foreign nationals illegally acquire immigration status. The university is said to have 1,555 students. As many as 95 per cent of these students are Indian nationals, the complaint said.

According to available information, 18 students of the university were radio-tagged by the ICE as part of their investigation. The radio-tagging had miffed the Indian government and New Delhi had expressed its strong displeasure at the treatment meted out to the students.

The tags were removed just ahead of Krishna's arrival in the US.
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