Hundreds of scheduled caste (SC) and backward class (BC) students on Thursday held a protest outside the Doaba College for allegedly denying admission to SC/BC students. The protest was led by Chandan Grewal, president of the Punjab Safai Mazdoor Federation. The protesting students also blocked a road for an hour.
The students had also been protesting against the alleged denial of the colleges in the city to issue their detailed mark sheets and forcing them to give semester fees, which theyare not supposed to give under the post metric scholarship scheme.
Under the Post Matric Scholarship Scheme for SC and OBC students, they are entitled to get free education in the college. The students are supposed to pay Rs 5,000 as admission fee.
The college claimed that they were not getting grants under the post metric scholarship scheme because of which they were not able to give admissions to the SC/BC students.
Parul, a final-year student of B Com, said that the college was not giving him his marks sheet.
He added, “How we are going to get admissions in the absence of the detailed mark sheet? Is it our duty now to ask the government to give grants to the colleges? The whole situation is depressing.”
Another student Lalit, who had gone to the college to get admission in BJMC final year, was denied admission as the college said that he had to pay a fee of Rs 60,000.
He also alleged that the college was making the students sign an undertaking that the students of the SC/BC category will pay full fee.
A student alleged that they were being harassed as they were not being given detailed marks sheets of the previous year and were being asked to pay the fees.
“We belong to economically weaker section, how we can afford to pay hefty fees per semester. If we meet the authorities, we are asked to leave the college and study somewhere else,” he added.
Later, Chandan Grewal met the principal of the college, who reportedly agreed to admit the students.
Naresh Kumar Dhiman, principal could not be reached for comments.