SRINAGAR: In a shocking development, nearly 54 students studying outside state under controversial Prime Ministers Special scholarship scheme (PMSSS) has been declared ineligible from availing any scholarships.
Rising Kashmir today learnt that All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has declared them ineligible to get scholarship. The 54 students studying in Indo Globe college of Engineering, Mohali will not get any scholarship further. A letter with file number 2-05/j&k/2013-14/coores dated 06 February 2015, the copy of which lies with Rising Kashmir from AICTE reads:
“The status of the 54 students with respect to their eligibility of scholarship under the scheme still remain unchanged as already published in AICTE website.” It seems that the meeting of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President Mehbooba Mufti with Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani has gone futile and students studying uinder the scholarship continues to be expelled. These 54 students are left with last two days only to submit their fee from own pockets. “Government of India (GoI) in a well planned manner was adamant ‘ruin’ the careers of Kashmiri students,” said TafazulBashir and Tariq Lone. “Earlier the fee was not demanded from us but when we reached the final year of our degree courses, we are about to be 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,” said Ikram Shah. Around 5,000 students from Jammu and Kashmir were placed in different institutes of the country in 2012 under the PMSSS. 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.