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Radio tags removed from three more Indian students

News4u - News Desk : WASHINGTON: The US Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) has removed radio tags from three more Indian students of the now shut-down Tri Valley University (TVU) in California and also returned their passports.

Susmita Gongulee Thomas, the Consul General, Indian Consulate San Francisco, said ICE has returned the passports of these three students along with the two others, from whom radio tags were removed last week.

In all radio tags so far has been removed from five of the 18 Indian students. These students were taken to ICE by two immigration attorneys, Kalpana Peddibhotla and Manpreet Gahra.

Encouraged by the positive development, Thomas said 10 more students would be taken to ICE next week by these two immigration attorneys and they are very optimistic of the same positive outcome.

“Five of the 18 students are now free of the radio tags. Students were feeling very badly about. It was humiliating to go around with these tags,” Thomas told PTI.

The Consul General said, three of the students who have radio tags have gone to their own lawyers, so she has no information about them.

The two immigration attorneys — Kalpana Peddibhotla and Manpreet Gahra - are from the South Asian Bar Association, who in association with the Consulate had held free legal aid camp for the Tri Valley Students.

“Our primary concern and priority was to get these radio tags removed,” she said.

Thomas said community organisations in the Bay area, especially the Telugu Association of North America, have been supporting these students in distress. She urged other community organisations to come forward with their resources to help these students.

The Consul General said the TVU students are from various parts of the country, not only from Andhra Pradesh alone.

“There are students from Kerala; some are from (West) Bengal. Some are from Madhya Pradesh. Some are Gujaratis,” she said.  PTI

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ICE removes radio tags from two Tri Valley Indian students

News4u-News Desk- US immigration authorities have removed radio tags from the ankles of two Indian students from California-based Tri Valley University (TVU), which has been shut down on charges of massive visa fraud.

“Immigration attorney, Kalpana Peddibhotla had taken two of the students to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and she has been able to obtain the removal of the radio tags from them,” Susmita Gongulee Thomas, the Consul General, Indian Consulate San Francisco, told Indian media.

Peddibhotla and these students had attended a free legal aid camp organised by the Indian Consulate in San Francisco in association with the South Asian Bar Association.

“She (Peddibhotla) would be taking some more next week and is optimistic that this might have positive outcome as well,” Thomas said.

According to a federal complaint filed in a California court in January, the University helped foreign nationals illegally acquire immigration status. The university is said to have 1,555 students. As many as 95 per cent of these students are Indian nationals, the complaint said.

Investigations by ICE have found that while students were admitted to various residential and on-line courses of the university and on paper lived in California, but in reality they “illegally” worked in various parts of the country as far asMaryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Texas. ICE has called it as a “Sham University”, a charge denied by the University.

“ICE has also indicated that those who are willing to talk to them, the authorities are willing to discuss with them all available options for the students to remain lawfully in theUnited States,” Thomas added.

According to available information, 18 students in Californiawere radio-tagged by ICE as part of their investigation against Tri Valley University.
Ankle monitors send a radio frequency signal containing location and other information to a receiver.

Refraining from discussing individual cases, ICE spokeswoman Virginia Kice said if someone is placed in deportation proceedings, they have full access to due process and an opportunity to seek legal relief from removal through the immigration courts.

“In determining whether individuals will be detained while those proceedings go forward or released under some sort of supervision, ICE carefully considers all aspects of the case, including the person’s criminal and immigration history, their ties to the community and whether they represent a flight risk,” Kice said.

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Radio-tagging of Indian students in US ‘inhuman’: Krishna

News4u - News Desk : India termed as “unacceptable” radio-tagging by US authorities of scores of Indian students duped by a “sham” university in California and demanded severe action against those responsible for this “inhuman act”.

“Adding insult to the injury, the way some of the students have been treated by the authorities is unacceptable,” External Affairs Minister S M Krishna told reporters inBangalore.
“We demand that the US government initiate severe action against those officials responsible for this inhuman act. Indian students are not criminals. The radio collars should immediately be removed,” he added.
The students, mostly from Andhra Pradesh, are facing the prospect of deportation as US authorities last week shut down the Tri-Valley University in Pleasanton, a major suburb in San Francisco Bay Area, on charges of a massive immigration fraud.
The university is said to have 1,555 students, and as many as 95 per cent of these students are Indian nationals.
“The Ministry will extend all help to the students. The parents need not worry since the matter has been taken up with appropriate authorities,” Krishna said.
The government would also provide suitable assistance to the affected students if they wished to return home, he said.
Some of the Indian students, who had landed themselves in the dubious university, were forced to wear radio collars around their ankles to enable the US authorities keep track of their movements.
The affected students are now frantically knocking at the doors of colleges begging for admission in their desperate attempt to save their academic careers and avoid deportation.
Following a raid at the university last week, US federal authorities swooped down on its students for questioning and interrogation.
Immigration attorneys and Indian-American community leaders, who have been helping these students, said that scores of them had been detained and released on bond and many of them installed with Intensive Supervision Appearance Programme or radio tags.

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Krishna condemns radio collar tags on Indian students

News4u- News Desk- Bangalore, (PTI) External Affairs Minister S M Krishna today strongly condemned the reported forcible wearing of radio collars around the ankles of Indian students in the Tri-Valley University in US and demanded severe action against those responsible for the “inhuman act”.

“We demand the US government initiate severe action against those officials responsible for this inhuman act.

Indian students are not criminals. The radio collars should immediately be removed,” he told reporters here.

“The Ministry will extend all help to the students.

The parents need not worry since the matter has been taken up with appropriate authorities,” he said.

The government would also provide suitable assistance to the affected students if they wished to return to India, he said.

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Demand to clear dues of Indian students in Australia

News4u-News Desk- MELBOURNE: Thousands of Indians are still waiting for a refund of their tuition fees following the closure of several colleges in Australia, said an official of an Indian students’ federation.

Gautam Gupta, spokesperson for the Federation of Indian Students of Australia (FISA), said: “There are thousands of ordinary Indians who are still waiting for refund of their tuition fees following closure of several colleges in Australia.

“This total figure although unknown could be in millions - much more than the Commonwealth Games dues owed to Australian companies.”

He said this issue was raised by India’s then human resource development minister Kapil Sibal when he visited Australia in May 2010.

A large number of Indian students who had enrolled in some colleges in Australia were hit hard following the closure of their colleges. The Indian students have also faced a string of attacks in Australia over the past two years, causing an uproar in India. Nitin Garg, an Indian student, was fatally stabbed in an attack in January last year.

On external affairs minister S M Krishna’s Jan 19-21 Australia trip, Gupta said: “Krishna’s focus on improving bilateral trade is welcome. It is also commendable that the minister raised the matter of Indian student welfare with minister Kevin Rudd.”

“The two issues of safety and immigration visa’s which formed the central issues raised by the minister were good. However many issues were forgotten and overlooked,” a statement quoted Gupta as saying.IANS

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United States may deport scores of Indian students

News4u- News Desk-Washington, Hundreds of Indian students, mostly from Andhra Pradesh, face the prospect of deportation from the US after authorities raided and shut down a university in the Silicon Valley on charges of a massive immigration fraud.

The Tri-Valley University in Pleasanton, a major suburb in San Francisco Bay Area, has been charged by federal investigating authorities with being part of an effort to defraud, misuse visa permits and indulge in money laundering and other crimes.

According to a federal complaint filed in a California court, the University, which was raided and shut down last week, helped foreign nationals illegally acquire immigration status.

The university is said to have 1,555 students. As many as 95 per cent of these students are Indian nationals, the complaint said.

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Eight Indian students bag IELTS Award

News4u-News Desk-Mumbai, Eight Indian students have bagged the International English Language Testing System Award, constituted by the British Council to promote those keen on studying in overseas institutions.

“In line with the British Council’s mission to promote the global sharing of knowledge and ideas, each winner will receive Rs three lakh towards the cost of their tuition fees,” Vivek Singh, Head Examination Services, British Council, West India said today.

The awardees will begin a full-time postgraduate programme at an overseas university of their choice that uses IELTS as a part of its admission requirement and as a measure of English language proficiency.

The winners were announced at a ceremony last night in Chennai by British Deputy High Commissioner (Chennai) Mike Nithavrianakis and Paul Seller, Director, British Council (South India), Singh said.

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Australian govt asked to ensure safety of Indians

News Desk – News4u : India has conveyed its “deep anguish” to Australian Government over spate of attacks on Indian students in the country and asked for appropriate steps to ensure safety of its citizens.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi said the government has “unequivocally conveyed” to the Australian authorities that it must ensure well being of the Indian students there and that such attacks should not be allowed to take place.

“India’s deep anguish at the incidents involving Indian students in Australia and the concern about their welfare was conveyed to the Australian authorities at the highest level,” Ravi said.

On whether the students have been a target of racial attacks, the Minister said a few cases may have had racial overtones.

He said as per the data released by Australian government, 58,029 Indian nationals were issued student visas between July last year to May this year.

Asked about the number of Indian students studying in Melbourne, where maximum incidents of attacks took place, he said the government does have any data.

He, however, said the total number of students studying in Victoria State as of June 2008 is 46,028.

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Aus denies media report on deaths of Indian students

News4u-News Desk-New Delhi, (PTI) The Australian government today contested the claims that 54 foreign students, nearly half of them Indians, have died in that country last year saying the reports “did not contain accurate statistics”.

Maintaining that the Australian government was working quickly to implement a series of initiatives to improve the security for international students, a statement issued by the Australian High Commission here said “articles on this issue in today’s Australian newspapers did not contain accurate statistics about crime-related deaths of international students in Australia”.

The statement said the articles referred to the information presented to Australian Parliament in February which simply reflected the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) records deaths for whatever reason (be it accident, illness, or others).

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SC concerned over attacks on Indian students in Australia

News4u-News Desk-The Supreme Court on Monday expressed concern over unabated attacks on Indian students in Australia and directed the government to file a comprehensive affidavit within two weeks about steps taken by it to ensure their safety.

“The safety and security of Indian students in Australia is paramount,” a bench comprising Justices Dalveer Bhandari and A K Ganguli said.

“We are sure that the government must be taking all steps but our anxiety is that, despite the best of efforts on the part of the government, the incidents of attacks are going on,” the bench observed.

The Court’s observation came when Attorney General G E Vahanvati appraised the Bench about the steps already taken by the Centre.

He said all attacks on Indian students in Australia cannot be termed as racial.

Directing the Centre to file its report within two weeks, the Bench asked the government to place all information on the website as anxious parents, relatives and friends of Indian students in Australia are entitled to know the exact situation in the country.

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