US university blames Air India, deported students for visa mess

  • PTI, Washington
  • Updated: Jan 06, 2016 17:39 IST
Northwestern Polytechnic University said it does not know why Air India undertook actions to cause irreparable harm to the university and tarnish its reputation. (HT File Photo)

A US university, whose Indian students were deported recently, has blamed Air India and some of the students for confusion on the issue.

“I want to share with everyone my strong belief that these difficulties arose solely because of the actions of Air India,” president of the Northwestern Polytechnic University (NPU) Peter Hsieh said in an email to its students.

“At this time, we do not know why Air India has undertaken these actions to cause irreparable harm to our university and tarnish its reputation and incite great distress in our students and their families... we can only speculate as to Air India’s motives and assume Air India’s recent actions are related to their precarious financial position,” he said.

Hsieh alleged that Air India is preventing students from boarding the plane because of the fear of financial burden in case students are deported from the US.

The statement has also been posted on the university’s website.

There was, however, no immediate comment from Air India. Hsieh said the university continues to witness a large number of students successfully arriving and entering the United States.

“Although it is still early, as our incoming students for Spring semester 2016 begin reporting to the university today, we continue to witness a large number of students successfully arriving and entering the US. We have met with quite a few who have shared their experiences,” he said.

“We have been informed that many, but not all, are going through secondary inspection. As long as students have proper documentation and are able to answer questions, they are being allowed into the US. They also report that this is not limited to NPU or F-1 students, but also to other foreign travellers on H-1 visa and the like,” Hsieh said.

He also blamed the deported students who exaggerated the situation. “We also believe that the false allegations were further exaggerated by certain returning students. Rather than informing their parents that they did poorly in their interviews, some simply pointed the blame at NPU as being blacklisted and conveniently referencing news reports as support,” he said.

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