PMSSS turns out to be a damp squib
Duped Students Return To Kashmir; Demand Arrest Of Touts
Srinagar, Dec 16: Kashmiri students pursuing education under the centrally sponsored Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMGSS) are returning to their homes after they were disallowed to appear in exams in their respective colleges in other states.
Under the PMSSS, many low profile colleges, in blatant violation of rules, had enrolled scores of students from Kashmir for various courses to “usurp” the scholarship money. “These colleges preferred to enroll Kashmiri students under PMSSS after various local NGOs approached them with the assurance that Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) would pay their fees,” sources said.
Sources said keeping these colleges and aspirants under dark, touts charged the commission from both the parties. “These NGOs and touts have now closed their offices and gone into hiding,” they said.
“We have been cheated on the pretext of free education under PMSSS. We demand immediate arrest of touts who put our career at stake,” said a group of students who returned to Kashmir after being disallowed to appear in exams.
Greater Kashmir office has been receiving scores of calls and e-mails from Kashmiri students saying they are disallowed to appear in examinations as MHRD has failed to deposit their fee with the respective colleges under PMSSS.
Coordinator Aryans Group of Colleges Chandigarh, Varinder Kaur, said the institute has enrolled many duped students of other states like Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi.
“Duped Kashmiri students are leaving their present colleges and joining paid seats at the Aryans. Students now prefer to join good colleges where teaching and placement activities are good,” Kaur said.
General Secretary Private Schools Association, GN Var, supported the demand of immediate arrest of touts involved in duping students. “Some NGOs and so-called social activists who claim to be the facilitators of PMSSS charged between Rs 25,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh from every aspiring student wishing to get funding under the much-hyped scheme. For getting hefty commissions, these touts placed even 100 students in a college instead of five allowed under the scheme,” Var added.