Private schools fail to register for GoI Scholarship schemes

Srinagar: Students could be deprived of several government of India scholarship schemes as dozens of private schools in Kashmir have failed to register themselves on the National Scholarship Portal (NSP).
The schools were asked to register on the portal, which is a prerequisite for availing the schemes. However, sources in the school education department told Kashmir Reader that 63 private institutions in Srinagar were yet to register on the NSP as a result of which hundreds of students could be left out of pre-matric and post-matric scholarship schemes.
A recent circular issued by the Chief Education Officer told the heads of the institutions that their failure to get their schools registered on the NSP “will result in loss to the student community as the students studying in those institutions will not be able to apply for scholarships”.
Urging the schools to register themselves on the scholarship portal in earnest, the CEO Srinagar has warned the schools that they shall be themselves responsible for the consequences.
“The defaulter list shall be forwarded to higher authorities with recommendation for de-recognition,” it said.
An official in the SED said that besides the defaulter schools, the verification of students at the schools was also a challenge. He asked the nodal officers at the respective schools to verify the credentials of the students for availing the scholarship. President, Private Schools’ Association Jammu and Kashmir G N Var, however, said due to the prevalent internet blockade in the valley, it was out of the place for them to verify the individual students on the NSP even though the government had set up kiosks for registration of schools.
He urged the authorities to provide internet facility at the schools without further delay.
Less than half of the students, who had applied for this year’s National Merit-cum Means Scholarship (NMMS), appeared in the scholarship test held for the scheme on December 7 with only 93 out of the 202 students writing the papers.
Across Kashmir, over 200 destitute students were deprived from the scholarship scheme allegedly due to negligence by officials in the School Education Department who, as per sources, did not bother to inform the students about the scholarship date.

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