We are from poor families and were selected under the PMSSS in this college.
A college in Haryana has served expulsion notice to 60 Kashmiri students after the students who are fully covered by Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) were unable to pay ‘unjustified’ extra fee.
The students who are pursuing BBA and B.Tech at Delhi Technical Campus, Bahadurgarh Haryana, told Greater Kashmir on phone that Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) has been providing their fee, but the college still wants more.
“We are from poor families and were selected under the PMSSS in this college. At the time of admission the college told us that we don’t have to pay anything as MHRD fully sponsors our education,” said a student.
“But now when we have just one more semester they have asked us to submit extra fee.”
According to the college notification, every BBA student from JK has to pay Rs 40,000 and every B.Tech student has to shell out Rs 150,000. “We are from poor families and how will we pay such a huge amount. To pursue our studies we have to sell our houses and property,” said one distraught student.
The students called the sudden fee hike by the college as unjustified. “At the time of our admission they sent the fee details to MHRD who approved it. If they had to increase the fee, they could have told them at that time. At this moment, asking us for more money is sheer blackmail,” said a student. “They are already charging us more. Even as hostel fee for other students was Rs 50,000 for first year and Rs 65000 for this year, Kashmiri students were charged Rs 70,000. Annually we also pay Rs 5000 for books, but the college takes back books from us at the end of the semester.”
According to insiders the college has also befooled MHRD as some Kashmiri students had left the college in the first year but the administration is still receiving their fee.
The college made the students sign a notice of vacating the hostel within 24 hours. “They told us to sign the notice. 40 students have left and 20 are here for two more days,” said the students.
The students approached JK’s resident commissioner at New Delhi who expressed his helplessness. “He told us nothing would be done unless there is a government in place in the state,” said a student. “MHRD people told us that the dispute is between us and college, MHRD had nothing to do with it.”
Despite many efforts, the college administration couldn’t be contacted.