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Another varsity being probed for fraud

world Updated: Jul 29, 2011 11:33 IST

Authorities in US have initiated action against another university, this time in the suburb of Washington, where an overwhelming number of students are from India with majority of them reportedly from Andhra Pradesh.

However, based on their experience of the "shamed" Tri Valley University in California, wherein the Indian government had strongly objected to the manner in which students from India were treated, federal authorities this time have taken steps to ensure that students face less inconvenience and have assured the Indian Embassy here that no arrest or detention or electronic monitoring would be done on students.

Contrary to the Tri Valley case, the focus of investigations here is not on students but on the schools itself, an official told PTI.

On the lines similar to that of the Tri valley University, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement yesterday initiated action against the University of Northern Virginia which presently has 2,400 students, of whom 90% are from India.

Of these an overwhelming majority of them are from Andhra Pradesh.

The University of Northern Virginia was authorised to issue I-20 form to about 50 students but had issued and enrolled a much larger number.

However, based on the experience of the Tri-valley case US authorities would be handling the present investigation and follow up action somewhat differently.

Stating that no arrest, detention or electronic monitoring would be done on students, officials said the university would not be immediately shut down but would be given a one month notice for explanation.

The present students would have one of the three options: continue at the University while it functions; seek transfer to another university and seek voluntary return to India.