Hyderabad: The detention of several Indian students for allegedly enrolling themselves in a fake university to remain in the US has prompted the American Telangana Association (ATA) to come up with a series of initiatives to assist students on immigration issues.
When the students faced problems, the Association has extended a helping hand to bail them out of the crisis. “We met Senators, Attorneys and other officials concerned to help students who were detained,” said ATA newly elected president Vinod Kukunoor on Tuesday.
Briefing media persons about the Association’s newly elected office-bearers here, he said plans have been chalked out to launch a portal to help students arriving at US. A helpline would also be set up to assist them, he said.
“We will try to incorporate detailed information about universities in US in the upcoming portal for the perusal of students and the dos and don’ts would also be posted on steps to be taken after landing in US,” he said. As immigration status is more important, an effort would be made to provide more information about it.
The Association is contemplating seminars and webinars to aid students apart from conducting skill development programmes. The portal that would be launched shortly would seek to offer complete information for the benefit of Indian students, Vinod said.
The portal would also try to address the issues related to H1B visa holders. The ATA has been extending all possible help to shift the body of those who died in US in various incidents to native place in both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
“We raised funds to the tune of Rs.2.5 crore and handed over to the bereaved family members of a Telangana youth who was shot dead in Detroit. The youth hailing from Warangal suffered three bullet wounds,” Vinod said.
‘Platform to create jobs for Telangana youth soon’
Hyderabad: The American Telangana Association (ATA) newly elected president, Vinod Kukunoor, here on Tuesday said a platform would be set up with the help of investors to create job opportunities to youth in health and textile sectors in the State.
“We are taking up this initiative on a pilot basis. Based on results, we will extend it to other places in the country,” he said. After getting nod from the State government, the Association would discuss the issue with all the members before launching it on a large scale.
ATA would continue to promote Telangana culture, art forms, and festivals such as Bathukamma and Bonalu, and Formation Day celebrations apart from helping poor and needy in healthcare and education sectors.
The Association would organize cancer awareness programmes highlighting the steps to be taken to prevent it. “We are also trying to enter into Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a few States in US in this regard,” he added.