Andhra seeks help for students stuck in US

With many students from Andhra Pradesh facing the possibility of being deported from the United States following the closure of Tri-Valley University, the state government on Friday urged the Indian government to take up the issue with the US authorities. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy has requested the ministry of external affairs to pursue the matter with the US government for giving all possible assistance to the students affected by the closure of the SanFrancisco-based University. Reddy also wrote a letter to External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna to render all possible assistance through the diplomatic missions in Washington and San Francisco in issuing visas to the affected students who approach them. The closure of the university has reportedly affected 1,600 Indian students and 500 are from Andhra Pradesh. A statement from the chief minister's office on Friday evening said that due to closure of the university, majority of Indian students have lost their academic courses and money. Among the students, a majority hail from Andhra Pradesh. The affected students and their families can contact the NRI cell at the state secretariat in Hyderabad for further information and help. The telephone number is 040-23220603. According to reports reaching here, the Indian students are also being interrogated by immigration and customs enforcement department officials on charges of illegal immigration.

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