A delegation of the Punjab Unaided Technical Institutions Association (PUTIA) met Union minister of state for social justice and empowerment Vijay Sampla here on Monday and presented a memorandum for the release of balance fee of scholarships for SC (Scheduled Caste), ST (Scheduled Tribe) and OBC (other backward class) students in Punjab.
The delegation comprised PUTIA president JS Dhaliwal and vice president Anshu Kataria. Sampla said he would release the payment, due for the financial year 2014-15, in time and also make efforts to do the needful for previous years. He added that he would talk to the Centre about the release of payment for OBC students without further delay.
Dhaliwal said students in more than 400 unaided technical institutions of the state were facing hardships due to the delay in the release of funds. He added that private colleges of Punjab were awaiting reimbursement of fees of OBC students, but the state government had not released funds since the past many years.
Kataria said Punjab's unaided colleges were in a dilemma as the managements could not deny admission to students, but at the same time, institutions needed funds to function.