Applications of nearly 40,000 out of the 1.10 lakh SC, ST, BC and EBC students who have applied for scholarships in the districts are yet to be verified by their Principals and forwarded to the district authorities.

This was stated by Collector J. Syamala Rao at a press conference here on Thursday. The applications were submitted online and the Principals have to verify the same on epass website and forward them to district officials. Unless the Principal of a college forwards the scholarship application of his or her students, the Government will not be able to sanction the benefit to the students.

Considering this the Collector, who addressed the press conference with Deputy Director of Social Welfare D. Srinivasan, instructed the Principals to verify and forward their students' applications by Friday evening, which was the deadline for completing the exercise.

“If the Principals fail to fulfil their responsibility they will be held responsible for non-sanction of scholarships to their students. Principals of Government colleges would face severe disciplinary action and Principals of private colleges would face the consequences”, Mr. Syamala Rao said.

The Principals can contact the DD (social welfare) or District BC Welfare Officer or the welfare officer of the area concerned to clarify doubts regarding forwarding students' applications in epass website.

He informed that 220 officers are being engaged to verify the applications forwarded by the Principals and a sum of Rs.20.14 crores had already been sanctioned during the last one week to 13,592 students whose applications were found in order. The amount would reach the students within 10 days.

In the case of data of some applications not being displayed in the college login, the officials clarified that when a student opted for editing mode to correct defects in the application, such an application would be kept pending and displayed in the college login separately after a few days.