Washington: The United States has assured India of providing 'fair solution' to Indian students affected by the closer of California-based Tri Valley University, which has been accused of a massive visa fraud.
The Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns has assured Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao, during a meeting, that the US Government would provide a "fair solution" to hundreds of Indian students whose academic career were at stake following closer of the Tri Valley University.
"It (Tri Valley University) was a very important subject among various issues that I discussed. Especially in my discussion with the Under Secretary Bill Burns I took the matter up and conveyed our concern about the welfare of the students who have been affected by this unfortunate series of events involving Tri Valley University," Rao told reporters at a news conference as she concluded her Washington leg of her US visit.
Rao was following up TV University issue with top US officials, days after External Affairs Minister S M Krishna raised it in a telephonic conversation with the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
On Monday, Indian Ambassador to the US Meera Shankar conveyed to Clinton India's concerns on the issue.
"I was assured by Under Secretary Burns that this is what the US Government is looking at and they want to provide a fair solution to this very very rare and critical problem that many of the students face, many of the students who were enrolled in Tri Valley University face," Rao said.
Over the next few days, the Indian Embassy is going to be in touch with the State Department on this issue. "Our stress, our emphasis has been on seeking a solution that would help the students who have been affected by this unfortunate development and enable them to find alternative placements in bonafide universities without affecting their future," Rao said.
During the meeting, with Burns, Rao stressed India's concern about the large number of bonafide students who have been adversely affected by the events surrounding T V University and uncovering of the scam that were concerning
"Our concern was that the future of the students should not be affected and to whatever extent possible this number of students who have not really many of them not been involved in any illegal or negative activities should be accommodate in other universities, should be enable to transfer to other universities without determent or without any disadvantage," she said.