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Nagaland ST students demand scholarship fund

By The Assam Tribune

KOHIMA, July 24 - The Scheduled Tribes students of Nagaland pursuing different courses in various colleges and universities outside Nagaland today staged a sit-in-protest at the State Civil Secretariat demanding release of their full scholarship for 2015-16 by the State Government.

On behalf of the aggrieved 329 Naga students, T Thomas Konyak said on Friday the State Government was yet to release their full scholarship for the last academic session, because of which they were unable to clear the fees of the institutions where they study as most of them were financially weak.

These students were to receive fund under Post-Matriculation Scholarship Scheme (PMSS) of Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs, which was released by the Centre, but was allegedly pending with the State Government.

�Admission for the new session has commenced, but because of the non-release of pending scholarship, students are unable to clear fees of the last session and are getting delayed for the new admission,� Thomas said.

Meanwhile, the aggrieved students submitted a memorandum to the Directors of Higher Education and Technical Education departments requesting the government to bail them out of the critical situation.

The Post Graduate students who were also affected by non-payment of the scholarship were unable to receive their pass certificates and mark-sheets, Thomas alleged.

Stating that students from other States were enjoying the Centre�s PMSS implemented through the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, the students demanded that the same facility should be made available for students in Nagaland. The 329 aggrieved students are pursuing studies in institutions at Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana. � PTI

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