United States fake university: India protests after students arrested

United States fake university: India protests after students arrested

United States fake university: India protests after students arrested

The two numbers 202-322-1190 and 202-340-2590 would be manned by senior embassy officials round the clock, officials said.

The fake institution was called The University of Farmington.

The MEA said, Government of India and the Indian Embassy and Consulates in the United States attach the highest priority to the welfare of the detained students and will continue to work with the U.S authorities and other stakeholders to address the issue.

The indictment says that from February 2017 through January 2019, the defendants "conspired with each other and others to fraudulently facilitate hundreds of foreign nationals in illegally remaining and working in the United States by actively recruiting them to enroll into a metro Detroit private university that, unbeknownst to the conspirators, was operated by Homeland Security Investigation special agents as part of an undercover operation".

While efforts are on by the Indian missions and consulates in the USA to get in touch with the detained students, the government has also mobilised its widespread diaspora community and other Indian associations there to garner more details on these students from detention centres.

While immigration attorneys said that the students were not aware that the university was operating illegally and criticised authorities for using "troubling" methods to trap them for profits, prosecutors hold the students accountable, claiming that they "knowingly enrolled" themselves in the fake university to falsely maintain their student visa status to remain in the US.

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE, till Thursday, had arrested 130 students from the fake Farmington University in Greater Detroit area.

He said that he had met India's Ambassador Harsh Vardhan Shringla to ask for help for the students.

The US embassy in Delhi confirmed it had received the note of protest but made no further statement.

Adding that the "weight of the government of India" is behind the detained students, Mr Shringla said that the embassy officials have been travelling across the United States and meeting students at the detention centres since the matter was first reported.

According to the Times of India report, the spokesperson of the Indian government said, "Our Mission and Posts are ready to render all assistance to Indian students in the U.S. to deal with the emerging situation".

For those seeking legal help, guidance and assistance is being provided by the Mission and Consulates.

'The University was not staffed with instructors/educators, it had no curriculum, no actual classes, ' it said.

Meanwhile, the Indian Embassy here has appointed a nodal officer here to help the students in distress.

Obama administration officials had also set up the other fake institution, the University of North Jersey, and ensnared over 1,000 students, majority from India and China, in 2016. The ministry said a 24/7 helpline has been established in the Indian Embassy in Washington for assistance/queries related to the detention of Indian students. "Each of the foreign citizens who "enrolled" and made "tuition" payments to the University knew that they would not attend any actual classes, earn credits, or make academic progress toward an actual degree in a particular field of study- a "pay to stay" scheme".

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