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US promises 'fair' Tri-Valley solution

The US authorities have assured India of a “fair” solution to the plight of the hundreds of students of a university here shut down for allegedly running an immigration scam, foreign secretary Nirupama Rao said on Tuesday.

world Updated: Feb 16, 2011 23:56 IST
Yashwant Raj

The US authorities have assured India of a “fair” solution to the plight of the hundreds of students of a university here shut down for allegedly running an immigration scam, foreign secretary Nirupama Rao said on Tuesday.

Rao said she was given this assurance in the meetings she has had with US state department officials during her two-day visit here. External affairs minister SM Krishna had raised the issue with Secretary Hillary Clinton some days ago.

Hundreds of students of Tri-Valley university in California face an uncertain present and future after being rendered “out of status” (without visa coverage) by the action against their university, which is fighting imminent closure.

But are these efforts leading anywhere?

“Everyone seems to think that the issue has been resolved,” wrote an affected student in a mail to Hindustan Times, “on the contrary, the options/solutions provided by DHS/ SEVIS have further complicated the situation and will end up causing more hardships.” The student did not want to be identified.

Indian embassy officials don’t want to share any more details of what they are doing. But said all necessary efforts are being made to ensure the affected students got a fair deal.

Rao wrapped up her two-day visit with meetings with Clinton, undersecretary of state for political affairs William Burns and undersecretary of defence Michele Flournoy among others.

This visit, she told reporters Tuesday evening, was about reviewing progress on initiatives launched during President Barack Obama’s visit to India in November and prepare for the future.

During Rao’s visit the two nations also discussed regional and global issues. The US officials were keen to know about the talks between India and Pakistan on the sidelines of a meeting of SAARC foreign secretaries in Thimpu earlier February. Egypt was among the global issues discussed.