Srinagar, January 05 : The parents of students studying in different colleges of India under the Indian Prime Minister’s Scholarship Programme have said that their children are being forced to leave colleges.
Scores of parents from different towns of the territory staged a protest at Press Enclave in Srinagar said that the college authorities in India were sacking their children on the pretext that India’s Ministry Of Human Resource Development had rejected to bear their expenses.
The aggrieved parents told mediamen that under the Prime Minister’s Scholarship Scheme 23 students pursuing B-Pharmacy had been admitted to Shekhawati College of Pharmacy in Rajasthan last year.“A Kashmir-based NGO helped our children to take admissions in the said college but the irony is that the college authorities are now forcing them to vacate the college,” one of parents from Kupwara, Farooq Ahmed, said.
The protesting parents added that the scheme looks like a prank that was designed to play with the future of Kashmiri students. They said that the career of their children studying in the colleges was at stake.
The colleges entertained students on the pretext that they would get fee and other expenses from the ministry, however, the way college authorities are behaving has made the entire scholarship scheme a damp squib, the parents maintained.
The scheme was recommended in 2011 for encouraging the Kashmiri youth to pursue higher studies outside the territory.