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Relief for Tri-Valley students, US allows transfer to other univs

world Updated: Feb 26, 2011 09:45 IST

Some good news finally for the students of Tri-Valley University shut down by the US authorities for alleged visa frauds. Over a third of them - nearly 700 - are being allowed stay on and transfer to other universities.

That will be a massive relief for the students - mostly from Andhra Pradesh in India - who have undergone in the last some weeks an entire range of experiences, from that of a fugitive to a laid off worker.

"A third of the cases are being processed for transfer to other universities," said Indian ambassador to the US Meera Shankar on Friday, citing a communiqué received from secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

Clinton told the Indian ambassador in a letter sent on February 22 that the US is working with the department of homeland security and India to ensure "fair and appropriate" treatment of Indian students affected by the Tri-Valley fiasco.

About 1500 students of Tri-Valley University in California suddenly found themselves facing an uncertain future one January morning after their university was raided by Immigrations and Custom Enforcement agents.

Over 90% of these students were from India. And their plight made headlines in India forcing the government to take up their cause with the US administration.

External affairs minister S M Krishna brought it up with Clinton when he was in New York for the UN Security Council meeting earlier this month.

Clinton had then sought facts of the case, which were later provided by Shankar.