US allays apprehensions; `sensitive to Indian students issue`

Amid uproar over treatment meted out to Indians duped by a "sham" American university, the US on Sunday said it was "very sensitive" to the issue.

Last Updated: Feb 06, 2011, 14:21 PM IST

New Delhi: Amid uproar over treatment meted
out to Indians duped by a "sham" American university, the US on Sunday said it was "very sensitive" to the issue and will be
attentive to the problems of the students from the country.

"The US is very sensitive and attentive to this
(matter)," US ambassador to India Timothy J Roemer told
reporters on the sidelines of a cancer awareness event here.

He was asked about the issue of Tri-Valley University.

The envoy said his country is proud that there are
1,03,000 Indian students in American schools.

"We want more students to come to America. We want our
doors to be open for education. We will be attentive to the
problems of the Indian students and we don`t want any segment
of the society to take advantage of these students," he said.

"We will have more to say once this case moves ahead,"
the US envoy added.

Duped by the authorities of Tri-Valley University in
California, which has been shut down, hundreds of Indian
students, mostly from Andhra Pradesh, faced the threat of
being deported back home after having lost their student visa
status.

Some of them were also made to wear ankle monitors so
that their movement can be tracked, a move which has evoked a
sharp reaction from India.

Talking to the media at the same event, Minister of
State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur said discussions were
continuing with US authorities on the issue which will be
taken to its logical conclusion.

PTI