Institutes warned of action for denial of benefits to SC students

Post-Matric Scholarship Scheme: Thori forms panel to look into grievances of students

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Educational institutions should not run away from their social obligation. Any sort of discrimination or alienation of SC students is unwarranted and undesirable. Ghanshyam Thori, DC

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Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, October 20

A day after a massive protest by students from the Scheduled Caste (SC) category, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori today said strict action would be taken against educational institutions denying benefits to students under the SC Post-Matric Scholarship Scheme.

Accompanied by Commissioner of Police Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, Thori presided over a meeting with representatives of educational institutes and student organisations to review the implementation of the scheme.

The Deputy Commissioner said the scholarship scheme was a right of the SC students and not any sort of charity. Educational institutions should refrain from bullying the SC students.

He ordered the constitution of a committee comprising an SDM, ACP, along with a district welfare officer and tehsil welfare officer, to sort out all issues raised by the students at the meeting. These included withholding of degrees and taking a blank cheque from them.

Thori said the committee would work under the supervision of the Additional Deputy Commissioner (G) and submit its report to him. Action would be taken accordingly.

The online portal for registration under the scheme was expected to be launched next month. The Deputy Commissioner categorically asked the educational institutions to ensure that all SC students were able to pursue their courses in a hassle-free manner.

He said educational institutions should not run away from their social obligation. Any sort of discrimination or alienation of SC students was unwarranted and undesirable.

DCP Naresh Dogra, Additional Deputy Commissioner Jasvir Singh, SDMs Rahul Sindhu and Dr Jai Inder Singh were present.

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