SRINAGAR: The social welfare department has invited applications for fresh pre-matric scholarships but the students are awaiting these scholarships for the past two years despite completing all formalities.
The teachers working in the Valley’s government schools say that inordinate delay in releasing the scholarships has become a norm. “Most of the times, we receive scholarships for students two years after submitting forms. Sometimes the scholarships come after the students have left their schools,” Asif Ali, a teacher working in a Srinagar school said.
Under the scheme, a student gets Rs 400-600 annually and the amount is directly transferred to the students’ bank accounts. For students studying in lower classes, the money is distributed through their respective schools.
“It is purposeless to award scholarships after delay of two years. It is very tough to trace out these stucents if they have left the school,” Lubna, another teacher said.
Director social welfare department Hashmat Ali Yatoo said the scholarships come from the Center under minority welfare scheme.
“This is a time consuming process. We have distributed scholarships in some schools and the process of distribution is in progress,” Yatoo said.
He said to avoid delay the department is going to accept the applications online from the next year.
“The online forms would be accepted from next year. Forms with mistakes would be instantly rejected,” he said.