Students, parents protest; seek State Govt’s intervention
Srinagar, Feb 18: Around 90 male and female students from Jammu and Kashmir enrolled under PMSSS in two colleges of Haryana have been expelled.
Despite Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti’s meeting with Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani, there has been no relief for the students of J&K enrolled in different colleges of India under Prime Ministers Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS).
Amid rains, 60 students pursuing BBA from Delhi Technical Campus, Haryana and 28 students from Rohtak Engineering College, Haryana protested their eviction from the campus and hostel following non-release of payment under PMSSS.
They said Government of India (GoI) in a well planned manner was adamant ‘ruin’ the careers of Kashmiri students.
The students along with their parents had come to Press Enclave and said that under PMSSS their future was ruined.
“Few days ago, the college authorities forced us to leave following the non-release of full scholarship fund. The PMSSS fund has not been released into the college accounts despite the fact that we have fulfilled all formalities,” one of the BBA students, Junaid Maqsood said.
Earlier the fee was not demanded from these students and when they reached the final year of their degree courses, they were expelled.
For B.Tech courses nearly Rs 1.3 lakh is to paid annually and for BBA course nearly One lakh rupees are to be paid as fee.
The students alleged that in cases of few students an amount of around Rs 60000 has been deposited but nobody has received the amount in full.
Khalid Tufail, a social activist also supported the protest and said; “The incident reveals the real fact of the tall claims of India saying Kashmir as an important part.”
Mehbooba recently called Minister for Human Resource Development in New Delhi and discussed the problems being faced by the students of Jammu and Kashmir on account of poor implementation of PMSSS.
“In September 2012, we submitted all our documents and forms through a Kashmiri NGO along with the affidavit certifying that we have not availed any other scholarship. We were promised full scholarship as we belong to Below Poverty Line (BPL) category. We were shocked when college authorities stopped us from attending the classes and directed us to leave the college,” one of the students, Aadil Gani said.
Around 5,000 students from Jammu and Kashmir were placed in different institutes of the country in 2012 under the PMSSS.
“Every semester my family has to borrow Rs 50,000 and I feel like murdering my family because they are not equally helping my siblings,” said Nouman Nazir, resident of Budgam.
“I feel it was only a trick to cheat Kashmiri youth,” said Tabish Khan, resident of Srinagar.
PMSSS was aimed to ‘win the hearts of youth’ by doling out the massive Rs 1200 crore package. The common perception in New Delhi was that it will earn a soft spot somewhere in the hearts of ‘youth on the edge.’ Three years down the line, the ill-fated scholarship scheme has harmed careers of hundreds of Kashmiri youth.
The students after protesting marched towards Divisional Commissioner’s office to submit a memorandum. The protesting students and parents appealed to the government to look into the matter and secure their future.
A college official said the administration is forced to ask students to pay from their own pockets as the college has not received full scholarship money from MHRD.