Indian students stranded in US will get fair treatment: Roemer

India has been pushing for a quick solution to the plight of the Indian students who were forced to wear radio tags by the US immigration authorities after the university was shut down on charges of massive visa fraud.

Updated: Feb 16, 2011, 18:03 PM IST

New Delhi: The US on Wednesday said Indian students
stranded in that country following closing down of
California-based Tri-Valley University (TVU) will get "fair
and appropriate" treatment.

"We are working closely with the Indian government on the
issue of Tri-Valley University and ensuring fair and
appropriate treatment of Indian students," US Ambassador to
India Timothy J Roemer said in a statement here today.

India has been pushing for a quick solution to the plight
of the Indian students who were forced to wear radio tags by
the US immigration authorities after the university was shut
down on charges of massive visa fraud.

The remarks came close on the heels of External Affairs
Minister S M Krishna taking up the issue with Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton, who assured India of intervening into
and solving the issue.

Noting that US was very proud to host the more than
100,000 Indian students studying there, Roemer said they were
an important and contributing part of the American academic
community.

"As a father, I understand the joy of seeing a child
focus on their studies and succeed and as the US
representative in India, I ensure that my team is fully
committed to helping students make best informed educational
decisions possible," he said.

He also said there are many resources available publicly
to help students educate themselves on the dangers of
predatory visa fraud rings and to protect them from committing
visa fraud.

It is important that all students take advantage of free
resources offered by them by the Embassy and fully research
the academic options available to them, he said, adding all
students wishing to study in the US are strongly encouraged
to attend free seminars hosted by the embassy.

PTI