Prime Minister’s scholarship not credited; ‘issue resolved’, officials now say
Srinagar: A varsity in Rajasthan expelled from hostel more than 200 students from Kashmir claiming that the Government of India (GoI) had failed to credit their scholarship fee.
Officials of the university asserted that the issue has been “sorted out amicably with the aggrieved students”.
The students from Kashmir had availed the Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) almost four years ago and were studying in Suresh Gyan Vihar University Sudhanshu, which is based in Jaipur.
The PMSSS was launched by the GoI for Kashmiri students after the 2010 popular uprising. The scheme provides scholarship for five years and students are selected to study professional courses in colleges across India.
Four years since they were admitted to the Jaipur varsity, they were asked to vacate the hostels after the administration claimed that the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) did not release their scholarship money. The students protested the move and stayed put.
“We got admissions in 2014. There was no issue in the last three years but from this session, the university told us that we would not be provided the hostel facility because the scholarship amount has not reached them yet,” said a student.
The AICTE is the nodal agency which selects students under PMSSS for various courses, said an official in JK’s Higher Education Department. “It (matter regarding fee and scholarship grants) is between AICTE and college,” he said.
The orders to vacate the hostels were issued last month and many male Kashmiri students had to find shelter outside the hostels, a student told Reader.
Chief mentor of the university, Dr Sudhanshu, told a news gathering agency, “The Centre (GoI) has not released the scholarship support and we are awaiting the funds.”
Despite repeated attempts, Dr Sudhanshu did not respond to calls from this newspaper.
An official of the university informed that the university administration “solved the issue amicably with the aggrieved students”.
“Some officials from J&K (government) have also arrived here,” the official, who wished to remain anonymous, said on Saturday. “The meeting is going on and the students have been allowed to avail the hostel facility.”
It may be recalled that this is not the first time that students availing PMSSS havr faced such problems. The J&K and Union governments have designated several officers to look into such issues. The Union home minister has designated a joint director-level officer to respond to grievances of students from J&K studying in other states of India.