Due to the non-payment of post matric scholarship funds for SC and OBC students by the state government, on Monday the joint action committee decided to intensify the ongoing stir for the release of funds from the government.
All 13 associations of unaided self-financed colleges held a press conference to announce that all the colleges will observe a bandh on October 21 and 22 by hoisting black flags on their campuses.
Committee spokesperson Anshu Kataria said the managements of all colleges will also hand over a memorandum to all the cabinet ministers of Punjab and spread awareness on the issue among the public. The JAC warned the government that if the balance scholarship funds were not released sooner, then all the institutes will start a mass agitation.
JS Dhaliwal, president, Panjab Unaided Technical Institutes Association (PUTIA), while addressing the press conference said there was no bogus admission in Punjab as stated by the government. The numbers might be of drop outs.
The government has already conducted inquiries related to this claim of 2014-15. He further said it seemed that terming drop outs as bogus admissions was just another tactic by the government to delay the release of scholarship funds.
S Jagjit Singh, president, Federation of Self-Financed B.Ed Colleges of Punjab, said the government was now saying it will reimburse the scholarships at par the lowest fee structure of the government colleges which is a clear violation of the central scheme.
The scheme states that the colleges will be reimbursed the paid seat fee, if such fee is decided by the state government.
It should be mentioned that for 2014-15, around Rs 80 crore has not been fully disbursed while Rs 400 crore is due for 2015-16. Around Rs 500 crore will be due for 2016-17 for which admissions are already over.