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Students fear e-grant loss

Bhubaneswar, Feb. 26: Fear of losing state government e-scholarships is haunting Utkal University students. They are torn by anxiety over the delay on part of higher education officials in issuing a notification inviting application for such scholarships.

“February is almost ending and we don’t have any clue about the scholarships. Last year, we had applied in December and the amount was transferred online to our respective bank accounts. We are confused because our friends at VSS University of Technology in Burla have already filled out the renewal forms that are common for students across all eligible streams,” said Javed Anwar, a third-year student of Integrated MCA.

According to the e-scholarship scheme, students belonging to technical and non-technical streams are entitled to get Rs 10,000 annually. It covers 17 professional disciplines.

P.C. Swain, teaching faculty of VSS University of Technology, Burla, said: “Our students have already applied for renewal of scholarship.”

Javed said while the varsity’s postgraduate council office did not have any information regarding the scholarship, the Sanjog helpline of the department of higher education was not functioning at the moment.

“Whenever we call on the helpline number, it says ‘sorry, your call cannot be processed’. The department website also does not have contact numbers of the officials and the online feedback system has not been generating any response since two months. So, there is no scope for us to put forth our queries. We fear that we might miss out on the application process and lose the scholarship,” said Abhinas Sahoo, another student of the university.

Department secretary Gagan Kumar Dhal said the details of e-scholarship would be uploaded on the official website www.dheorissa.in by Tuesday night. “We will award scholarships to 24,500 students, including 10,000 students pursuing technical courses,” he said.