Prime Minister's Special Scholarship Scheme
AICTE asks colleges to return sanctioned amount
Kashmiri students left in lurch, leave studies halfway
Srinagar: Nov 3: Over 30 students from various parts of the state, who were admitted in different colleges under the Prime Minister's Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS), were forced to leave studies halfway after Centre ostensibly directed college management to return the funds of scholarship drawn in their favour.
At least 30 Students from poor families of Bandipora, Srinagar, Kishtwar, Kathua, Poonch, Doda, Pulwama, Kupwara, Islamabad(Anantnag) and Baramulla districts were forced to leave their studies midway after All India Council Of Technical Education(AICTE) shot a letter to various colleges directing management to return the scholarship amount already drawn in favour of Kashmir students studying in various colleges. The letter stated that students had already received scholarship fund worth Rs 40.80 Lakhs in previous academic year.
AICTE in first week of June this year had sanctioned Rs 5677000 for Jammu and Kashmir students. However, barely after four months it issued a letter for the return of the same amount.
All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE In a letter bearing number F-No1-33/PC/S.Sch-J&K 2013 has sanctioned Rs/ 5677000 in favour of students while in a second letter bearing number F.No 1-33/PC/S.Sch-J&K 2013-Corres dated 8th October 2013, ACITE, has directed Himachal Institute of Dental Sciences, Paonta Sahib and other colleges to return the amount (scholarship) through a demand draft drawn in favour of Member Secretary, AICTE. Council. The letter has quoted the guidelines stating that students admitted under the Management quota are not-eligible to receive the scholarship, although same candidate have received scholarship during the previous session 2012-2013.
Students told Greater Kashmir that MHRD/AICTE earlier credited the amount into the college account through Canara Bank, later colleges were asked to return the amount in October this year.
“We have received approved scholarship amount during the last session, but this year nothing was paid to us besides the fact that MHRD/AICTE has paid amount in college account head” students said.
“Our college has received Rs 26 lakhs for the current year, but they stopped the scholarship owing to AICTE letter,” said Touseef Rather of Himachal Institute of Dental Sciences.
Concerned students have termed the Scholarship Scheme as a mere hoax aimed at be fooling the Kashmiri Student.
“What is the fun of quoting guidelines in second year?” students asked.
Around 5,000 students from Jammu and Kashmir were placed in different institutes of the country in 2012, under the Government of India's Human Resource Development (HRD) PMSSS scheme.
Meanwhile, concerned students have sought intervention of Prime Minster Manmohan Singh and Chief Minster Omar Abdullah.
“We appeal Prime Minister and the Chief Minister to look into the matter so that the career of students is not jeopardized,” students said.
When contact Minster for Higher Education Muhammad Akbar Lone said that one has to follow the guidelines set for the implementation of scheme
“It is an issue that Ministry will have to take up with union Ministry of Human Resources and Development, ” Lone said.
He assured that he would seek exemption of the fee for the students studying in 2nd year.
Lastupdate on : Sun, 3 Nov 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 3 Nov 2013 18:30:00 GMT
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