Rohtak college allows expelled Kashmiri students to attend classes

  • Neeraj Mohan, Hindustan Times, Rohtak
  • Updated: Apr 24, 2015 09:03 IST

The Rohtak Institute of Engineering and Management (RIEM) has finally allowed the expelled 13 Kashmiri students to attend classes in the institute.

However, the management has not allowed the aggrieved students to stay in the hostel and they will have to arrange for accommodation and food on their own.

Talking to Hindustan Times, an expelled student Nasir Soufi said, "The management had called us to the institute and they have allowed us to attend the classes from Monday".

About the hostel, he said, "They claim that they cannot provide hostel facility and we have to make arrange for accommodation on our own".

HT was the first newspaper to report the news about the suspension of the students ahead of the annual exams.

As many as 13 Kashmiri BTech students of RIEM from were expelled from the institute earlier this month as the scholarship funds that they were entitled to get under the Prime Ministers Special Scholarship Scheme had not reached the institute. The scholarship covers tuition and hostel fees, cost of books and other incidental expenses of Kashmiri students, who can get admission in government-recognised colleges or institutions in the state after passing Class 12 or an equivalent examination.

Last week, the college management had, in a statement, accused the expelled students for not fulfilling their promise of paying rebated `20,000 fee per semester against `36,000. SK Dhamija, REIM registrar, had said that out of the 23 students who got admission under the Prime Minister Scholarship Scheme, only 10 students got the scholarship approved by the government while the remaining 13 students were denied the benefit due to insufficient funds.

On April 21, the students had written letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union minister for human resource development Smriti Irani and Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, requesting them to intervene to save their career as the college have expelled them right before the annual exams.

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