PMSSS: Left-out aspirants stage demo

Scores of students Wednesday staged protest demonstration at Amar Singh College here, after they were not considered for admissions under Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS).

Scores of students Wednesday staged protest demonstration at Amar Singh College here, after they were not considered for admissions under Prime Minister's Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS).

A group of students told Greater Kashmir that they had arrived from north Kashmir's Bandipora district after receiving SMS from concerned authorities for counseling for admissions under the PMSSS. 

"I am from Sumbal Bandipora. Amid curfew and shutdown, I risked my life to ensure that I reach counseling centre in Srinagar," said Aqib Shah.

He claimed that he had received SMS wherein he was informed to come for counseling at Amar Singh College on August 3.

Seconding him, his friend Sakib Nabi said that they were surprised after authorities asked the students who had qualified 10+2 examination in 2014-15, to leave the venue as they would not be considered for admissions.

"If that was the case, what was the need to text us on mobiles, asking us to come for counseling. We risked our lives and travelled 50 kilometers after leaving our respective homes at 3 am to ensure we reach at counseling venue on time," they said. The aggrieved students staged protest demonstrations in college premises after authorities asked them they would not be considered for admissions.

Police used public address system and appealed students to remain calm. They informed agitating students that Minister for Education Naeem Akhtar, who was present at venue, has taken the notice of their grievance and assured that second round of counseling would start shortly. Later, the protestors dispersed of peacefully.

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