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Law college tells students to refund scholarships

PUNE: The ILS Law College has asked fifth-year students to pay the institute the scholarship of Rs4,625 they each and every obtain directly from the federal government, sparking protests on Tuesday.

The 150-odd students further alleged that the school has given them until Thursday to pay up and threatened to reject their examination bureaucracy otherwise.

The college has denied making this demand.

The students mentioned they’ve been receiving the scholarships for 4 years and that the school has made the sort of demand for the first time. The college, then again, mentioned the scholars weren't charged tuition and exam charges at the time of admission at the assumption that it could obtain the scholarship from the state social welfare department.

This 12 months onwards, the federal government has started depositing scholarships directly in the beneficiaries’ financial institution accounts under the direct benefit transfer (DTP) scheme.

Once they received the notice from the school, the scholars staged a protest. “All of a sudden, whilst filing the examination shape, we had been advised to pay the cash received as a part of our scholarships. We advised the school officials that until the social welfare department tells us officially to refund the fees, we will be able to no longer be in a position to pay the school,” a student mentioned.

“After we met the school major, she agreed to simply accept our examination bureaucracy, however the problem of charge refund remains unresolved — we have now been asked to pay up at the earliest,” any other student mentioned.

The students are beneficiaries of 50 scholarship schemes run by the social welfare department.

“Till last 12 months, the social welfare department had transferred the scholarships to the school checking account, so we by no means charged the beneficiary students tuition and exam charges,” college major Vaijayanti Joshi defined. “This 12 months too, students weren't charged the scholarship quantity (Rs4,625) at the time of admission. However, this 12 months onwards, the state executive has started the DBT scheme,” she mentioned.

Joshi added that, as students have no longer been charged to the extent of the scholarship, the cash transferred to their accounts needs to be refunded to the school. “We won't let students undergo at the examination front — this factor will be handled one at a time. But students had been receiving the scholarship quantity since Tuesday in phases. So students must refund the school as and once they obtain the cash,” she added.

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