US allays apprehensions; ''sensitive to Indian students issue''

New Delhi, Feb 6 (PTI) Amid uproar over treatment metedout to Indians duped by a "sham" American university, the UStoday said it was "very sensitive" to the issue and will beattentive to the problems of the students from the country.

"The US is very sensitive and attentive to this(matter)," US ambassador to India Timothy J Roemer toldreporters on the sidelines of a cancer awareness event here.

He was asked about the issue of Tri-Valley University.

The envoy said his country is proud that there are1,03,000 Indian students in American schools.

"We want more students to come to America. We want ourdoors to be open for education. We will be attentive to theproblems of the Indian students and we don''t want any segmentof the society to take advantage of these students," he said.

"We will have more to say once this case moves ahead,"the US envoy added.

Duped by the authorities of Tri-Valley University inCalifornia, which has been shut down, hundreds of Indianstudents, mostly from Andhra Pradesh, faced the threat ofbeing deported back home after having lost their student visastatus.

Some of them were also made to wear ankle monitors sothat their movement can be tracked, a move which has evoked asharp reaction from India.

Talking to the media at the same event, Minister ofState for External Affairs Preneet Kaur said discussions werecontinuing with US authorities on the issue which will betaken to its logical conclusion.

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