Srinagar, September 01, 2015 (PPI-OT): There seems to be no end to the miseries of Kashmiri students pursuing different degrees under Indian Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) in different colleges in India. A group of students who are pursuing B-Tech degrees in SGT Institute of Engineering and Technology Gurgaon (Haryana) told mediamen in Srinagar that the Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) had denied the scholarships to them during the last year of their degrees.
“We never faced such problems during past years, but this year MHRD didn’t release our scholarships forcing college authorities to take extreme steps,” the students said. The inordinate delay by MHRD in releasing the scholarships has left the students to fend for themselves. “We met officials in MHRD but they gave a cold response to us,” they said.
The students said that they met Naeem Akhtar, the puppet minister for education, and Waheed Rehman Parra, the Political Analyst in the office of puppet Chief Minister but to no avail. “They dodged us for more than one month by giving mere verbal assurances, however nothing happened on ground,” they added. The students said that given the delay in release of the scholarships they were expelled from the college and also asked to vacate the hostels till scholarship was released from MHRD. They added that MHRD had subjected them to mental torture. “We are suffering from psychological depression now as we were supposed to complete our degrees this year, but delay in release of funds has added to our miseries.”
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