PM Scholarship Which Never Came:266 Kashmiri Students Roofless in Jaipur


Srinagar—About 266 Kashmiri students of Jaipur’s Suresh Gyan Vihar University (SGVU) are reportedly knocking at the doors of Muslim residents in Jaipur for help after they were shunted out of their hostel by the university authorities.

The students are forced to suffer this ordeal because the university reportedly did not receive the scholarship amount extended to them by the central government, which says the university is “fake”, Times of India reported on Friday.

Since 2014, 420 students sought admission at SGVU under the Prime Minister Special Scholarship Scheme. The students mostly come from Baramulla, Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian, Ramban, Poonch, Rajouri, Kargil, Leh, Srinagar and Jammu.

The scholarship, which includes tuition, hostel and mess fees, is released on an annual basis. The Centre released scholarship support for only 100 students in May 2016. The remaining 320, including 70 girls, are awaiting funding.

While the girls have been allowed to stay in the hostel, the boys -many of them studying for the past three years -were issued notices to vacate the hostel on August 1. They can attend classes if they can manage their stay in the city.

With nowhere to go, they are now knocking every possible door for help for early release of funds and at the same time seeking shelter anywhere possible, the TOI report further said.

“The university claims it have not received a single penny from the government on my behalf since my admission in 2015. Why did the government award scholarship when they had no plans to release funds? I can barely afford a week’s stay at the dormitory,” said 21-yearold Tausif, an aspiring engineer who is a resident of Sopore in Kashmir Valley was quoted as saying.

“Most of these students are enrolled in civil engineering and bio technology. The scholarship is given by Ministry of HRD but it is released by All India Council for Technical Education. 

In the desert state of Rajasthan around 1700 Kashmiri students are presently studying unser PMSSS scheme in different varsities.

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