Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU), Amritsar, vice-chancellor Ajaib Singh Brar has directed all affiliated colleges to continue with the post-matric scholarship scheme without any changes.
Brar, along with the university registrar, has issued a letter to the colleges asking them not to charge anything from the scheduled caste and backward caste students.
Brar said, “We have instructed all colleges to continue with the scheme on last year’s pattern as there is no change in it. This happened following reports in a section of the media that the scheme had been scrapped as the DPI colleges’ letter to the colleges had led to confusion. However, the fact was that the scholarship grants from now on would directly be given to the colleges instead of giving it to the students.”
He said, “The central government should refund us the fees of the last year. Meanwhile, we have asked the colleges not to charge anything from the SC/ ST students.”
When asked as to whom should students report if the colleges fail to give admission to them without fees, he said they should report it to the DPI colleges or the SC commission.
“The DPI colleges is the competent authority to take action against the colleges while the students can also report it to the SC commission,” he said.
Meanwhile, the District Congress Committee’s scheduled caste wing on Saturday handed over a memorandum to Scheduled Caste commission chairman Rajesh Bagha wanting an assurance that there would be no halt in the ongoing postmatric scholarship scheme for scheduled caste students in the state.
Jagdish Ram Samrai, chairman, District Congress Committee, SC wing, in a meeting with the SC commission chairman asked him to take action against the college management that refuses to give benefit to students.
Bagha said the letter issued by the DPI colleges was confusing.
“Though various associations have been reaching out to the public, sadly the DPI colleges has sent a confusing letter to the colleges. The scheme will continue in the state as usual. The Punjab government has already released an advertisement for this,” he added.
Bagha said the commission had already discussed the issue with Gulzar Singh Ranike, welfare minister, who had directed the welfare department to continue with the scheme.
Committee members also demanded a plan on the lines of the SC/ST sub-plan running in Andhra Pradesh for welfare of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes in Punjab.