Hundreds of Minority Students’ Scholarships Put on Hold in UP


Students suffer as different government departments are passing the buck on each other.

Waquar Hasan | Clarion India

NEW DELHI — Authorities in the Uttar Pradesh capital of Lucknow have failed to approve applications for post-matric scholarships of hundreds of students from the minority community and other backward communities. Oddly, applications for the general categories and SC/ST communities were processed without any hitch. 

On 28 March, officials at Integral University, a private institution based in Lucknow, wrote to the chief secretary of the Uttar Pradesh government’s minorities department that some of its students inquired about the scholarships for the year 2023-24 and were told that their applications were not verified at the district level.

Most of the students at Integral University are from the minority community.

“The information given to us suggests that the master data (fees and seats) was not verified at the district level. Therefore, 1,399 students from the minority community are deprived of the scholarship and reimbursement. It can leave its impact on the education of these students,” reads the letter written by Prof. M.A. Khalid, Dean of Students’ Welfare at the Integral University.

The letter was also copied to the directors of minority welfare and social welfare departments and the district officers of minority welfare and social welfare in Lucknow.

Speaking to Clarion India over the phone, Shadab Khan, an MBA student, said that students from the university used to apply for scholarships every year and would get them. But this time, their scholarships have not been approved.

“We were told by the university administration that our scholarship applications were not forwarded by officials of the social welfare department. When we approached the department, officials there did not make any effort to redress our grievances,” said Khan.

The scholarship amount given annually to the students is based on their tuition fees.  Generally, students start receiving the amount in March and the beginning of April. The students of Integral University have not received it for this year, he said.  

Besides Integral University, students of some other institutions in Lucknow, Babu Banarsi Das University and Maharshi University of Information Technology, have also found that their applications were not forwarded.

“Sir, it should also be noted that the fees and seats for the general and SC/ST categories were approved even though all communities’ fees and seat details are similar. It seems that the scholarship is deliberately being put on hold to defame the department and the government resulting in the deprivation of the scholarship to the students,” noted the letter written by students to the chief secretaries of the concerned departments.

“Sir, this is to bring to your notice that we are from financially poor families. If we don’t receive the scholarships, it will affect our education in the next session,” the letter added.

According to Shadab Khan, many of the students in the university are from poor financial backgrounds. This scholarship provides a big help to them to continue their education.

“We have failed to figure out why the scholarship was put on hold this time,” he said.

On the other hand, Prof. Khalid sounded confident that the issue would be sorted out soon. “After complaints, officials have started sorting out the issue at their level…They are saying that there might be confusion due to some rules,” he told Clarion India.


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