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266 Kashmiri students taken back by the Varsity in Jaipur

Tabeenah Anjum, DH News Service, Jaipur, Aug 13 2017, 20:07 IST
 Suresh Gyan Vihar University. Image courtesy Twitter

Suresh Gyan Vihar University. Image courtesy Twitter

Pink City based Suresh Gyan Vihar University (SGVU) has taken back 266 Kashmiri students, who were earlier evicted by the varsity administration after they failed to clear their fees due to no payment of funds under Prime Minister’s Special Sponsorship Scheme (PMSSS).

Attributing to the technical snag, causing the delay in receiving sponsorship money, around 266 students were shinted. But after the intervention of the chairman of All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), the body responsible for disbursing the scholarships, varsity the had to admit them back.

The Chairman of AICTE, Sahasrabuddhe, who was in Jaipur on Sunday said in his speech at a private engineering college, that the action will be taken against those private universities against who lure Kashmiri students to take admissions in their colleges but fail to assure them sure scholarships.

He said, “This is my warning to all the universities to not to play with the career of students. They should not give fake promises to the students and later harass them". The chairman also said that last year around 2400 students were given scholarships and this year the number is likely to be about 2800.

One week ago 266 Kashmiri students of SGVU were forced to leave the campus after the varsity failed to receive the scholarship amount extended to them by the central government. According to the varsity officials out of 466 Kashmiri students presently studying 266 were unable to pay their fees by not receiving scholarship in time. These students mostly hail from the militancy hit areas of Jammu and Kashmir such as Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian, Ramban, Poonch, Kargil, Leh and Ladakh. Under PMSSS, launched by then prime minister Manmohan Singh, a student is entitled tuition, hostel and mess fees.

The central government sets aside a sum of 74 crore rupees to sponsor the education of 5,000 fresh students every year. Out of the 5,000 scholarships, 4,500 are meant for general degree courses and 250 each for engineering and medical.

Three days ago, the AICTE also issued a warning for the universities on its website, which clearly mentions, “Any candidate who is taking admission in any institution other than institution allotted by AICTE through counseling is not eligible, for scholarship under the scheme and AICTE is not responsible and will not be able to pay scholarship under any circumstances.”

In the desert state of Rajasthan, around 1700 Kashmiri students are presently studying under PMSSS scheme in different varsities.

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