New reports confirm the expulsion of at least 50 students from the Noida International University. These students from Jammu and Kashmir had been selected under the Prime Minister’s Scholarship scheme and the expulsion is reportedly being coloured as an act of discrimination. The the Noida International University has expelled these 50 students after Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India, failed to release the scholarship amount that the students are entitled to.
The Noida International University as per procedure should have approached the Ministry of HRD for the clearance of the scholarship amount which amounts to tuition fee but instead the university unprecedentedly expelled these students belonging to J&K. The students were asked to leave the university campus as well as to vacate the hostel accommodation.
According to sources close to expelled students, who hail from Kashmir as well as Jammu, the expelled students were studying in the university for the last two years pursuing various Engineering courses. Since the Ministry failed to release the scholarship amounts the university forced these students to vacate the premises.
The sources added that all these students belong to poor families and were selected for these courses under PM Scholarship program launched by union government during Manmohan Singh led UPA regime.
According to a report in a local Jammu daily, the students said they have been spending nights in parks for the past few days. “nobody is there to help us,” they lamented. They urged upon Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed as well as to Deputy Chief Minister Dr. Nirmal Singh to intervene and talk to union HRD Minister Samriti Irani for early clearance of the pending scholarship amount. They also urged the state government to seek revocation of their expulsion.