Cause of Concern

It is disturbing to note that once again students from Kashmir receiving education in institutions outside the state are harassed and intimidated. There have been reports that students undergoing various professional courses under the scholarship scheme of the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development in some professional colleges of Haryana have been facing harassment under various pretexts both from students and   the authorities.   Ninety students under the scheme of HRD ministry were selected   on merit basis for admission at Ganga Institute of Technology and Management, Jajjar, Harayna.  Most of these students enrolled for undergoing under-grad courses like B Tech, BBA are intimated to return to their homes.
The special scholarship scheme was introduced on the recommendation of an expert group, which was constituted by the Prime Minister in August 2010, for enhancing employment opportunities in the state.  Every year 5000 students belonging to families with less than 4.5 lakhs annual income would be entitled for the scholarship after class ten for pursuing higher education. The scheme that is   to remain in vogue for next five years envisages reimbursing of  tuition fees, hostel fees, cost of books and other incidental charges for meritorious   students  seeking admission in various professional colleges outside the state. The special scholarship scheme that augurs well for thousands of students in the state is getting defeated at the hands of some unscrupulous elements like those in the Ganga Institute, Haryana.
The harassment of students in Haryana is not an isolated incident; the malice of ‘hate culture’ against Kashmiri students has afflicted many academic institutions in the country.  Largely, besides some jaundiced politicians, electronic and print media have played a role in fostering this culture in academic institution mostly in Northern and Western India. Despite many leaders from the state including Union Health Minister, Ghulam Nabi Azad agitating over this, many students studying outside continue to suffer. Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah had drafted letters to Chief Ministers of various states seeking their intervention for ensuring safety of  Kashmiri students receiving education in colleges and Universities. It is high time to for the UGC chairman to write to Vice Chancellors of all universities for ensuring safety of Kashmiri students in various universities and colleges.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 31 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 31 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 1 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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