ST students of Manipur ‘denied entry in Punjab colleges
ST students from northeast come to Punjab for better education. And what if, these colleges turn their back on these students?
On Friday, Vidya Jyoti College in Derabassi in Punjab barred the entry of Manipur Scheduled Tribe students. They were studying in this college for three years. This decision is causing a hindrance in their studies and the students are finding themselves in a bad situation.
Vidya Jyoti College in Derabassi has decided to shut its doors for the tribal students due to the non-payment of scholarship fees by the state government. The college did not allow the students to appear in the examination on Friday.
According to the President of Manipuri Students Union, CT Thotshem, “more than 100 students from Manipur are studying in the college, whose future is at stake now.” He further told that the college gave them several notices to submit the college fees. The college now wants them to clear their dues or else the students won’t be allowed to sit for their exams.
CT Thotshem also added that their union has sent many request letters and reminders to the Director of Department of Tribal Hills & Affairs, Govt. of Manipur. But unfortunately, nothing was done. In October, the union also requested the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes in Delhi, but no reverts from its side.
The students took admission under Post Matric Scholarship (PMS) scheme. This scheme is funded by the central government for the upliftment of the tribal students who want to avail quality higher education. These Manipur Students were pursuing various graduate and post graduate level courses in the college.
CT Thotshem told the media sources that they are requesting the college authorities to at least let these students appear for the exams.
Manipur students along with the union are approaching the Chief Minister for help.