More than 20 students of various allied health science courses at JJ Hospital’s Grant Medical College were denied hall tickets for non-payment of full fees. They said the college has refused to let them appear for exams starting June 5.
These students belong to scheduled castes and other backward classes (OBCs) and as per rules, they have to pay only a part of their fees. The rest of it is paid for by the department of social welfare.
An online form has to be filled by the students from these categories to avail the scholarship. But they said the department did not post the online form and college authorities too did not respond to their requests.
“We went to the welfare department office and were told that the forms will be sent to the college this year. The college authorities, however, claimed they did not receive any forms and have demanded full fees from us,” said a first year OT technician student.
Officer in-charge of the welfare department S Atram said, “The forms for students to apply for scholarships have been sent to colleges. I am not sure what happened at the college level,” he said.
Dr TP Lahane, dean, JJ Hospital, denied withholding hall tickets.
“The money for scholarships did not come through as the government did not dispatch the funds. The students were informed six months ago. Those who have not paid their fees have been asked to do so; hall tickets haven’t been withheld.”