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Sunday, 1 November 2020

Unpaid dues, colleges may not implement scholarship scheme

Deepkamal Kaur
Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, October 31

Even as the state government today launched Dr BR Ambedkar SC Post-Matric Scholarship Scheme, colleges across the region are in no mood to implement the scheme. They are saying that the state government must pay them the previous balance of Rs 1,850 crore due for the last three academic sessions before proceeding with the new scheme.

Congress leader and chairperson of the Confederation of Colleges and Schools of Punjab Ashwani Sekhri said, "All colleges want their pending dues to be cleared first before getting any new scheme started. We may call a meeting on the issue tomorrow and day after and will take a final call after getting opinion from all members. A final call will be taken after the meeting."

There is confusion whether the scheme will be extended from the ongoing admission session 2020-21 or 2021-22. College principals are saying that they have been hearing varied versions on the issue and there was no clarity on the matter even till its launch today.

"If it gets implemented from the next session, we will not be in a position to accommodate Dalit students whom we have given free, provisional admission this year," said a principal of a college in Jalandhar.

Ironically, the scheme got launched on the day when most universities, including Guru Nanak Dev University, have officially closed their admission for most UG courses. The colleges have been demanding that if the scheme is for the current year, universities should extend the date of admission and allow more SC students to avail the benefit. An extension in the date of admission will be in line with the UGC guidelines to keep admissions going till November 18.

College principals are also seeking clarity on the 60:40 fee sharing clause. They are saying if this sharing is to be done on government standardised fee, it might not be workable.



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