Haryana college demands fee from Kashmiri students, despite scholarship


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By News Desk | Srinagar

In Haryana, Geeta Engineering College has asked Kashmiri students, enrolled under Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme in August 2012, to vacate the institution or pay hefty fee. Students and their parents accused a local non-government-organization (NGO) for playing foul, demanding the Jammu and Kashmir authorities to intervene in the matter.

“Nearly forty Kashmiri students were enrolled for various courses under Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme in August 2012. Now after completing their first semester, the college is asking students to leave or pay Rs. 1,50,000 as fee,” a group of parents said.

“If our wards were selected under scholarship, why are they being asked to pay the fee?”, asked the parents.

They said that a non-governmental organization in the Kashmir had sent them under the scholarship scheme. “We even called the NGO regarding the matter. They said they will look into it. They even talked to college authorities. But college authorities are telling us to pay fee on our own,” said Ghulam Nabi, a parent.

The students are enrolled in Bachelors Business Administration, B. Tech and Hotel Management degrees. They said that their wards had stopped attending the classes after being humiliated. The students hail from various districts of Kashmir.

They demanded that the Jammu and Kashmir government should intervene to save the future of the students. The authorities of the college, despite repeated attempts, could not be contacted.



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