Two Jammu and Kashmir students pursuing BE (Mechanical Engineering) from a Bangalore-based college under Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSS) alleged that they were under pressure to leave the college as the All India Council of Technology (AICTE) has failed to deposit their fees in time.
“We have been warned by the college administration to either pay the fees within three days or leave the college,” Irshad Ahmed Lone, a valley-based student told .
He said, he along with Sushant Nargotra of Jammu were selected under the PMSS Scheme in the academic session 2014-15 for BE (Mechanical Engineering) programme from Bangalore Institute of Technology (BIT) and accordingly joined the institute in September last year.
“For over one year, the AICTE didn’t submit the college fees for two semesters. During this period, we were harassed many times by the administration,” Lone said, adding, “After appearing in the second semester examinations, we met Director AICTE in Delhi on our way to home.”
He said that the Director AICTE told them that their fees were not submitted because their allotment letters were pending.
“Promising to complete all the documental hiccups within days, he (Director) asked us to enjoy the vacations and assured us that he will do the needful within two weeks.”
Lone said, “We were taken by surprise when the college administration told us that our fee was not submitted. So Sushant again went to Delhi to confirm whether the Director AICTE had submitted the fee or not? Sushant was again asked to go back to the college on the pretext that he (Director AICTE) will talk to the college authorities for allowing us in the third Semester.”
“Even after the passage of two weeks after his (Director’s) assurance, no one has bothered to submit the fees and we have been issued the ultimatum by the College Warden to either deposit the fees in three days or leave the college and vacate the BIT Men hostel,” Lone added.
He appealed the state government to take up the matter at an appropriate level.