Rajasthan university shuts hostel door on 250 J&K students | KNO

Rajasthan university shuts hostel door on 250 J&K students | KNO

Kashmir News Observer (KNO)

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Since 2014, 420 students sought admission at SGVU under the Prime Minister Special Scholarship Scheme. The students mostly come from militancy-torn areas of Baramullah, Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam, Sofian, Ramban, Poonch, Rajouri, Kargil, Leh, Ladakh, Srinagar and Jammu.The scholarship, which includes tuition, hostel and mess fees, is released on an annual basis. The Centre released scho larship support for only 100 students in May 2016. The remaining 320, including 70 girls, are awaiting funding.

Why do they need scholarship? It is not even based on merit, just because of the region they are from. They make use of all the facilities and benefits provided by India and then go back to make Anti... Read More

While the girls have been allowed to stay in the hostel, the boys -many of them studying for the past three years -were issued notices to vacate the hostel on August 1. They can attend classes if they can manage their stay in the city.

With nowhere to go, they are now knocking every possible door for help for early release of funds and at the same time seeking shelter anywhere possible. "The university claims it have not received a single penny from the government on my behalf since my admission in 2015. Why did the government award scholarship when they had no plans to release funds? I can barely afford a week's stay at the dormitory," said 21-yearold Tausif, an aspiring engineer who is a resident of Sopore in Kashmir Valley.