Blacklisted universities: 19 students barred from boarding Air India flight to San Francisco

The national carrier asked its staff to not allow the 19 students to board its flight to San Francisco at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad on Monday night.

By: Express News Service | Hyderabad | Updated: December 22, 2015 7:12 am
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Nineteen students from Hyderabad, Krishna and Guntur districts were prevented by Air India staff from boarding a flight to San Francisco Sunday night as, officials said, two universities in which they had taken admission had been blacklisted by the US government.

Sources at the airport said that the 19 students had taken admission at Silicon Valley University in San Jose and Northwestern Polytechnic University at Fremont, California.

“Our colleagues in the US informed us that students arriving there to join the two universities were being sent back by US authorities from the airport itself as the two varsities have been blacklisted. Two batches of students who had travelled earlier were detained for several hours at airports in the US, their student visas revoked and they deported. To avoid such humiliation for the other students travelling on Sunday, we decided not to let them board,’’ an official said.

Air India has also asked its ticket counters and sales staff not to issue tickets to students travelling to California to join either of the two universities.

The students got into an altercation with the airline staff when they were stopped from boarding. Air India has offered full refund and waived all charges such as cancellation and rescheduling fee.

“Air India received a communication on December 19, 2015, from the US Customs and Border Protection agency that two universities namely Silicon Valley, San Jose, California and North Western Polytechnic College, Fremont, CA are under scrutiny and students who arrived into San Francisco were not allowed to enter the US and were deported back to India,” an Air India statement said.

US Consulate officials in Hyderabad said they are trying to get information on the episode. “As soon as we have new information, we will get back to you immediately,” an email reply from the US Consulate said.

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    kumar
    Jan 8, 2016 at 2:57 am
    EDU-Episode 64 Blacklisted universities: 19 students barred from boarding Air India flight to SFO
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      Jacob Mathews
      Dec 22, 2015 at 3:01 am
      Airindia needs the money to run their business at the p
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        Jacob Mathews
        Dec 22, 2015 at 3:06 am
        At the end of the day air India has to bring them back as they came by air india, no problem air India will take their address in AP and go after them if they don't pay the money in bringing them back. All thanks we have air india to fly them out and bring them back after their stay in immigration detention over there. These students should share their experiences to other students wishing to study there.
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          Jacob Mathews
          Dec 22, 2015 at 2:17 am
          One way of entering USA,is by joining these fake colleges,get there somehow, work under the table, find a us citizen partner and settle down ,by paying the partner.
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            Jacob Mathews
            Dec 22, 2015 at 11:05 am
            They need to develop India and create more jobs, instead of toiling in USA,with low paying jobs, working under the table, getting married to US citizens to stay there. In fact India has opened up and we have have the facilities now,better than USA,except with the power cuts, bad roads. water quality is bad.
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              ajit
              Dec 22, 2015 at 10:33 am
              no right thinking person can support the use of illegal means to gain admission to a us university and thereby entry to the usa. however the issuance of a valid visa - after the fabled us due diligence - would indicate that all is above board. after all if a university is 'suspect' how is it that a visa has been issued in the first place. some protection is certainly required for an innocent student (it will be very cynical and very NRI like to say there are none) who has been unknowingly duped and that is where the role of GOI / MoE comes in. isn't this a far cry from the PM's famous heart uplifting declaration to the people abroad to the effect that Indians are finding a new sense of pride in having been born indian. regarding Air India, their seemingly 'helpful' action may have had serious ramifications for many of the persons not allowed to board unless they had done their home work very seriously - in which case a GoI advisory would have better served the purpose. it will be very interesting to know what the ministry of external affairs - with such a 'helpful' foreign minister, is doing in this w matter.
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                VM
                Dec 22, 2015 at 6:23 am
                Like RE said, this is between the US university & the student. As far as the student is concerned, they were granted an I20 and visa and AI's preventing them from heading over to CA. Half-baked solutions like this on the pretext of having the students' best interests at heart is silly. If these universities were indeed 'blacklisted', the consulates would be the first to know, and visas wouldn't be issued (or revoked). It's not like the US purposely wants to drag indians all the way to CA and then send them back - they gain nothing in the process and waste time. If there was really an issue, this should have been tackled earlier, notices sent out and have an all carrier ban rather than AI alone.
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                  Bharati
                  Dec 22, 2015 at 4:03 am
                  "not show their might and power in USA,thinking with their fake degrees and ideas can fool the US government.": Sounds like half the US senate.
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