A large number of students from J&K are crying foul after they were denied admissions by various colleges outside the state which were allotted to them under the Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship. Surprisingly, the colleges which have refused admission have also not given any reason for refusal leading to consternation among the students, and their parents.
The students from the state have also completed all formalities, and are now forced to run pillar to post to know the status of their admission. Students are now alleging that it is the AICTE which is playing truant with their careers as it is maintaining silence over the admissions.
The Prime Minister’s Special Scheme has been launched for students of J&K who pass class XII or other equivalent standard, and secure admission in government and other selected institutions outside the state. Five thousand scholarships are to be given under this scheme and 4500 are meant for general degree courses, 250 for engineering, 250 for medical studies. A scholarship of Rs 30,000 is provided per annum for general degree courses, 1.25 lakh per annum for engineering, and 3 lakh per annum for medical studies respectively.
This year the students were selected by the state government through a centralized counselling process carried out by AICTE. However, when the students approached colleges for admission much to their shock they were told that there was no provision for extra seats for J&K.
A student who was refused admission in an outside engineering college was told that no instructions had come from AICTE about this scheme. When the student approached the AICTE the officials directed them to UGC which ultimately proved to be process of making multiple rounds with no results coming. A number of such students who have been denied admission are now planning to approach the senior officials in state government, and raise the matter with the AICTE as they say denial of admission at this juncture would mean loss of an academic year. The students are also demanding an inquiry into the actions of the AICTE officials, who are said to have misguided the students and leaving them in a lurch.
Interestingly, the students allege that while majority of the candidates were from Jammu region, the counselling for this scholarship was held in Srinagar to discourage them from entering into the fray. It is pertinent to note that the Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme has remained in controversy since it has been launched as the students from the state have failed to get timely admissions, and reimbursements from the government at the centre.