In a latest development, Punjab Unaided Colleges Association (PUCA) urged the Department of Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Backward Classes (Punjab Government) to open the Ambedkar’s Scholarship Portal for SC students of Punjab for the academic session 2019-20.
Speaking on the matter, Dr. Anshu Kataria, President, PUCA, informed that usually the portal gets unlocked in the month of August or September for the SC students to apply for the scholarship. However, this year the process has got delayed by 3 months, forcing PUSA to raise the request.
Highlighting the consequences of the delay, Amit Sharma, Senior Vice President, PUCA, said that Colleges have admitted SC students as per the guidelines issued by the government, however, since the scholarship portal is not open yet thus the unaided colleges will be forced to charge the fees from the SC students. Government must look into getting the portal open as soon as possible as various Govt Universities have already rolled out the schedule of the examination.
Notably, under the Post Matric Scholarship Scheme, more than 3 lakh students from all over the state of Punjab take admission in several courses and colleges.