IEP CHANDIGARH AUGUST 11, 2022
Underlining that the funds under Post-Matric Scholarship Scheme is an issue between the Government and the institutes but not the students, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Thursday directed that severest of severe action must be taken against educational institutes withholding the degree of Scheduled Caste (SC) students on the pretext of the scholarship scheme.
Mann, in a major relief to the students belonging to the Schedule Caste (SC) category, directed, “Take severest of severe action against educational institutions indulging in such tantrums to ruin the future of SC students and ensure that degree of not even a single student is withheld by any educational institute.”
The Chief Minister, chairing a meeting of the Social Justice and Empowerment Department, unequivocally said that the payment of funds under the scheme is a matter between the State Government and the educational institutions. “The students from the underprivileged and weaker sections of society have nothing to do with this and they should not suffer at any cost…The educational institutes have no right to withhold the degrees of the students and ruin their career,” he said.
Mann categorically said that it is a cynical move on the part of educational institutions to act in such a shameful manner. “It also reflects the myopic mindset of some educational institutions which are trying to create barriers in the way of SC students,” he said, adding that stern action should be taken against erring educational institutes resorting to such tactics.