Unaided private colleges in Punjab have decided not to enrol Scheduled Caste (SC) students under the centrally-sponsored post-matric scholarship scheme from the coming session. Reason: The state government has failed to release its share of Rs 1,250 crore for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic sessions.
The decision will affect over three lakh SC students admitted to around 1,000 private colleges across the state.
Under the scheme, which was launched in 2007, SC students studying in post-matric classes are awarded scholarship ranging from Rs 230 to Rs 1,200 per month. The students are also reimbursed compulsory non-refundable fees. The annual income of the parents should not be more than Rs 2.5 lakh to avail the benefit. In the centrally-sponsored scheme, the state’s contribution is just 10% to 15% depending upon the course. The funds have been delayed as the state government has failed to submit utilisation certificate to the Centre.