PMSSS woes continue for Kashmiri students

PMSSS woes continue for Kashmiri students

All the 54 students who have been asked to pay fee were selected in the college under PMSSS by Srinagar based two local NGOs - Peace Foundation and Peoples Forum.

The expulsion of Kashmiri students from outside colleges due to non-payment of fee under Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) continues as another college in Punjab has asked 54 BTech students to vacate the college or pay fee from their own pocket.

The students who called Greater Kashmir said that the college has already served them expulsion notice. “We have been given ultimatum to pay the entire fee by 10 March 2015 or vacate the college,” said Fahad Nisar, a fourth semester BTech student at Indo Global College of Engineering, Mohali.

All the 54 students who have been asked to pay fee were selected in the college under PMSSS by Srinagar based two local NGOs – Peace Foundation and Peoples Forum.

 

“At the time of selection we were told that not a penny would be charged from us and everything will be covered under PMSSS,” said Fahad. “But now Ministry of Human Resources and Development (MHRD) has told us that no scholarship would be given to us,” he said.

MHRD told the students that only 32 candidates from the college have been selected for the ‘controversial’ scholarship. According to insiders majority of the 32 students are from affluent families and were not eligible for the scholarship.

 

“The college is asking us to pay Rs 240,000 fee for our two years, which is a huge amount for us as we belong to poor families,” said Tariq Ahmad, another student from the college.

 

The students visited MHRD office in New Delhi where the officials straightway told them that no NGO had forwarded their cases for scholarships. “We wanted to protest, but Peace Foundation representative told us that everything would be fine and brought us back to our college with promise of scholarship.

 

Now they have gone missing,” said Fahad. “If we didn’t get any scholarship then all of us would have to leave our studies midway as our parents can’t afford to pay such a hefty amount.”

 

A college official said the administration is forced to ask students to pay from their own pockets as the college has not received any scholarship money from MHRD. 

 

The efforts to contact said NGOs proved futile as nobody picked up the phone.

 

In September 2013, the protest by some students of this college who were expelled for the same reasons, turned violent when they attacked the office of Rajbagh based NGO that had acted as a self styled consultant and sent them to this college.