With both parties raising the ante on the issue, the latest effort comes from US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, who will meet Indian Ambassador to the US Meera Shankar today (Feb 14) in order to discuss the issue and find ways on how best to resolve the problem. The meeting follows Clinton's request to Shankar to furnish all details of the Indian students that are entangled in the “sham university" controversy.
This latest meeting is taking place only after India's External Affairs Minister SM Krishna personally requested Clinton to resolve the issue and do the needful so as not to jeopardize the future of the 1500 students. Krishna also asked Clinton to handle the situation in the purview of the humanitarian angle, especially in the event of mental distress and financial loss to students.
The radio-tagging of the students has caused considerable distress to the students. Meanwhile, Meera Shankar has followed-up the matter with the Director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), John Morton, to reiterate the fact that innocent students should not suffer.
For the purpose of guiding Indian students, ICE has come up with directives for students on the ICE website. The website gives students an option for a safe exit from the country that will be ensured by the Student Exchange Visitors Programme (SEVP). The site also advices students to furnish all details and file a reinstatement with US Citizenship and Immigration Services to legalize their stay in the US.