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US blacklists two varsities

Mon 21 Dec 2015, 13:34:11
Following IS attack on Paris the US authorities have tightened the security measures. Telugu students are now facing hardships because the US government has blacklisted two universities in California—Silicon Valley University (SVU) and Northwest Polytechnic University (NPU). It may be recalled that the Tri-valley University was blacklisted in 2011.
During wee hours on Friday about 13 students were supposed to board a plane to the US. They were sent back from Shamshabad Airport by the immigration authorities upon their arrival for getting boarding pass. They were caught unawares when the immigration authorities refused to allow them to board the plane as the universities they were about to attend were blacklisted. 
The US government has already sent an advisory to the immigration offices and travel agents but the students were unaware of the development. The students who were on student visa to these universities had to face tough time after the authorities blocked them. The classes were about to begin on January 4, the students continue to have anxious moments. Some students who had already reached the US were being deported with a penalty of Rs 25,000.
Continued from P1 “I avoided attempting to board plane as any negative stamping would cost my education and career,” said a local student on condition of anonymity. Some students from districts like Warangal are not even ready to speak to the media. One of the students who studied in Vaagdevi Engineering College went into depression, while some others did not return to their houses and went to relatives’ houses.
Meanwhile, the students dreaming of overseas studies are in a panic mode following the news going viral on social media. However, one of the universities—NPU—responded on the news reports that students travelling on the NPU I-20 cannot be stopped. They have suggested the students to postpone the travel plan until the issue is resolved.
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