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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Jan. 30) – Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Laurie Chan has expressed sympathy to the Indian students who were victims of the nonexistent Kings University medical school.

Mr Chan offered his apology when he recently visited India, where he met with the country’s Minister for Education and Human Resources Development, Arjun Singh.

Mr Chan told Singh that the matter is now with the police for investigation.

Up to eight Indian students were victims of the scam, which also saw the involvement of the government.

Kings University, promoted by an Indian national, advertised on the Internet that it was offering medical degrees for US$4,000 at its campus at Gizo, Western Province.

However, when the students turned up at Gizo to see nothing was there, they realized that it was not true.

The students had already spent thousands of dollars on fees they were demanded to pay in advance.

The students had already demanded the government to compensate them for their part in the scam.

Despite that Mr Singh said India stands ready to assist in the Human Resources Development.

He said India would continue to provide scholarships to Solomon Islands’ students under the current bilateral agreement.

January 31, 2005

Solomon Star: http://www.solomonstarnews.com/


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