New Delhi, Feb 1: The government on Friday said that the Ministry of External Affairs and Indian mission in the US are in touch with the US authorities about the detention of hundreds of Indian students allegedly tricked into enrolling in a fake Detroit university.
"As soon as we received the information regarding their detention, our Mission contacted the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security requesting for a list of the detained students … We have placed a formal request for consular access, emphasizing that the request may be taken as very high priority," MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar said in reply to queries.
According to media reports, at least 600 foreign students, many of them Indians, were detained this week by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after enrolling in Farmington University, a pay-to-stay scheme run to 'lure" in foreigners seeking to live and work in the United States.
"The Government of India, together with our Mission in Washington and our Consulates in the United States are according the highest priority to the situation arising out of the detention of Indian students in the US," the spokesman said.
He said the government of India has "highlighted" that a distinction should be made between those involved in recruiting or enrolling students and students who have been duped or defrauded in the process.
"Our Mission and Posts are ready to render all assistance to Indian students in the US to deal with the emerging situation," he said adding "We have also involved Indian community organizations in reaching out to the students".
"We are monitoring the situation closely and have impressed upon the US Government the need to address the situation at the earliest," the spokesman said. (UNI)