Disappointed with the incident of Trivalley University in California where about 1,500 Indians face an uncertain academic future, India want the US to prevent its universities from exploiting foreign students.External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna has reportedly said that such an unfortunate development in the Tri-Valley University would not affect the cooperation between India and the US in higher education, under which over a lakh Indian students are enrolled in American universities.
Krishna said while India recognized the right of every government to investigate and prosecute fraud, it has asked the US government that all Tri-Valley students, who are themselves victims of fraud, should be given adequate time and opportunity to transfer to other universities or adjust their status. And, if they desire to return to India they should be allowed to return honorably.
According to reports, 1,500 Indian students constituted 95 percent of enrollment at the university and they were there on valid visas or authorization.
The US authorities, he said, have also assured that innocent students would have adequate opportunity to readjust their status or transfer to other universities.Assuring that the government and the Indian embassy and consulates general in the US were fully engaged in addressing the welfare and academic future of the affected students, the minister said the Indian mission had got in touch with most of the students despite them being dispersed across the US without registering their new contact details.