HC reserves judgment on PMSSS issue

HC reserves judgment on PMSSS issue
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SRINAGAR: The J&K High Court on Monday reserved its judgment on a petition challenging a single bench judgment on release of money under Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) for J&K students.
The June 2017 order by a single bench had directed authorities to release scholarship money in favor of some students at Mewar University for academic year 2013-2014 and 2014-2015.
Hearing the petition, the division bench of Justice Alok Aradhe and Justice MK Hanjura remarked that career of students won’t be taken for ride.
Bilal Ahmad Malla, the counsel for All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE), submitted before the division bench that the judgment was in violation of the PMSSS rules.
“The judgment is against the norms of the schemes laid down by the inter-ministerial committee which is an apex body for laying down of norms for better implementation of scheme,” said Bilal.
In 2011, the government of India decided to provide 5000 scholarships per year to the students from J&K who wish to pursue degree courses outside the state.
The special provides scholarship covering tuition fee, hostel fee, cost of books and other accidental charges to students eligible for the scheme after passing 12th examination.
In 2017, a student who had sought admission in Mewar University had approached the court after they couldn’t avail the benefits of scheme from the authorities.
It was pleaded that the authorities were not releasing the scholarship money putting career of students on stake.
The single bench headed by Mohammad Yaqoob Mir through the judgment dated 07-06-2017 had directed to release the scholarship in favor of the students for academic year 2013-2014 and 2014-2015.
The judgment was challenged in the division bench.
In 2012, a notification was issued by J&K government with revised guidelines for the scholarship scheme.
According to the notification students from J&K pursuing degree course in government college / other non-governmental institutions recognized by AICTE or UGC or institutions created through an act of government located outside the state would be eligible for the benefits of the scheme.
As the eligibility of the students was changed in the middle of the session, many students who had applied for the scholarships didn’t receive scholarship.
Advocate Zaffar Shah representing the students submitted that with the change in government, the students had to face many problems.
“Like, the scholarship will be given to only those candidates, who would have secured more than 65 percent. The AICTE will allocate the college, while previously the choice was that every candidate will have a choice to select their college. The third case was that admissions will be made through counselling, which earlier was not the case. So, a lot of students who had already taken admission before 2014 had already sort admission in Meywar University, Rajasthan,” said Shah.