Hyderabad: Even as the ambiguity over the genuineness of two California-based US universities – Silicon Valley and Northwestern Polytechnic – continues, it is not stopping students from changing their plans to pursue education there, said education consultancies and travel agents in the city.
According to sources, so far close to 42 students have been barred at the Shamshabad airport by Air India and Etihad Airways.
Apart from this, close to 60 students have been deported from the Abu Dhabi airport since December 19.
Despite this, students are ready to take the risk. “Students having i20 document from these two universities are ready to go. They are so impatient that they are ready to take any flight which ensures their entry into the US. However, for safety purposes, we have asked students to wait for one week so that there is clarity on this issue,” said GV Madhav, managing partner of Thirumala Edu Solution in Ameerpet.
Denying the reports of blacklisting, even overseas education consultancies in areas such as Ameerpet, Dilsukhnagar and Basheerbagh are making a dash for their commission from these universities. Sources said that for each admission, such consultancies gain a minimum commission of up to $300 (approx Rs 20,000).
Despite news of consultancies being raided and students being stopped at the airport spreading like wild?re, travel agents confess that it has not proved to be a deterrent for many.
“Students are just looking for alternatives to report to these universities by hook or crook. While airlines have started allowing students, many are trying to get entry into US through different immigration points,” said Sudhakar Reddy, a travel agent who booked the ticket of a student who was barred in the ?rst batch on December 19.
Many who got their tickets cancelled from Etihad are now making trips to the travel agents to seek refund. On this, the Etihad Airways, in a statement on Thursday, stated, “Affected students booked on Etihad Airways who choose not to travel from India to the US can get refunds on cancelled tickets as per their ticketed fare guidelines and policies. Alternatively, they can rebook once at no extra charge in the original class of travel and same fare type subject to availability on ?ights up to January 31.”