The department of welfare for Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes on Friday directed the principals of private and aided colleges to provide free admission to SC/ BC students before August 31, failing which action will be initiated against them.
Jaswinder Singh Gill, deputy director, department of welfare of SC/BC, said this during a meeting with the principals of the colleges in the city to discuss the loopholes in the proper implementation of the Post-Matriculation Scholarship Scheme.
He said action would be initiated against the college management adding they had not decided on the nature of action yet.
He also directed the principals to check doubling of the applications for the grant under the scheme as about 19,000 students were registered twice last year.
“The college management should take the Aadhaar card as the identity proof as it will help in tracing doubling in applications for grant, if any. It has been learnt that about 87 per cent people, 33% of whom include students, in the state have been issued Aadhaar cards. The colleges should ensure that the students get their Aadhaar cards,” he added.
He also asked them to ensure proper documentation as 65,000 applications were rejected due to incomplete documents last year.
Meanwhile, the principals of various colleges in the city expressed dissatisfaction over the fact that they were yet to receive their previous grant under the Post-Matriculation Scholarship Scheme.
Dr Naresh Dhiman, principal, Doaba College, said, “We have not received previous grant in lieu of free admission to SC/ BC students. Our Rs. 85 lakh fee grant is pending and we are facing difficulty in running the college.”
Kiran Arora, principal of Prem Chand Markanda SD College for Women, said they had not received Rs. 57 lakh grant so far. Rs. 1.5 crore grant of DAV College is also pending.
The deputy director said the central government had released the grant and the department had received Rs. 122 crore which would be disbursed to all colleges soon.
“The pending grant will be transferred to the bank accounts of all colleges within 15 days while this session’s grant will be released till October 15,” he said.
Any applications after August 31 should not be accepted by the colleges, he said.
Additional deputy commissioner (development) Kumar Amit also asked the principals to sort out discrepancies with the district welfare officer.
Meanwhile, the de puty director also met the students who faced problem in getting admission and listened to their grievances and took their complaints in written. As many as 22 students from Hoshiarpur, Phagwara and Jalandhar submitted their complaints. The students those who were asked to deposit fee by their respective college managements also submitted their fee slip, SC certificate and income certificate.