New Delhi: Apparently seeking to cool tempers
here over Indians being tagged in the US, External Affairs
Minister S M Krishna on Tuesday said the issue should be understood
from the "larger perspective" that over 1.8 lakh Indians are
studying there and the matter relates to "12 or 18 students".
At the same time, he said India will take up with the US
the issue of Indian students being defrauded by the Tri-Valley
University in California, asking how such a "dubious"
institute was allowed to function.
On the issue of Indian students being tagged, Krishna
told reporters here, "Well, let us understand one thing. There
are about 1.8 lakh Indian students in the United States of
America. And we are now talking about these 12 or 18 students
who have been subjected to this treatment.
"I would appeal to the people of the country and to the
media in particular that we should look at it in the larger
perspective of these one lakh and odd Indian students who are
pursuing their studies in various universities."
He said India has taken up the issue of the students
"We have taken it up with the USA at the highest level.
Our Ambassador and the Consul-General in San Francisco are in
touch with the Indian students," said the Minister who had on
Sunday termed the radio-tagging as "unacceptable".
Approximately 100 students had obtained visas from the
US mission in India and a number of students in the US, as
dependents of their spouses, had enrolled in the Tri Valley
University after taking the required authorization. But the
University has now closed down.
The US authorities have now put radio tags on them to
track them for investigations.
Terming the Tri-Valley university as "dubious", Krishna
said, "We will be taking it up with the educational
authorities in the US as how it allowed the university to
function, how it was allowed to dupe gullible Indian