Expelled from College under PMSS scheme, students stage protests

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Around 23 Kashmiri students pursuing Bachelor of Pharmacy at Shekhawati College of Pharmacy in Rajasthan who have been evicted from the campus and hostel following non-release of payment from the Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) Thursday staged a protest in Press Enclave Srinagar alleging that Government of India in a well planned manner is hell-bent to ruin the future of Kashmiri students.

The students along with their parents staged a protest and said that under PMSSS their future was ruined. “Some 15 days ago the College authorities forced us to leave the College following the non-release of 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 student Ahsan Ali said.

“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 are from Below Poverty Line (BPL) category and we fulfilled the criteria required for the same. We were shocked when College authorities stopped us from attending the classes and directed us to leave the College,” one of the students Raja Rameez Ahmed Dar said.

The protesting students and parents appealed to the government to look into the matter and secure their future.

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