Overseas students left at crossroads


Students, who took admissions in foreign universities after getting selected under Overseas Study Scheme for Minorities in September, are left in lurch as the Minorities Department has failed to credit the first instalment into the bank accounts.

The scheme was officially launched in August this year. A total of 513 students had applied and around 210 candidates, including 30 girls, from across Telangana were selected. The students have joined various universities in United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom and Singapore. A screening committee comprising of Special Secretary of Minorities Welfare Department as the chairman, Principal Secretary – SCD department, Vice-Chancellor JNTU and Commissioner – Technical Education, as members and Director of Minorities Welfare as the Convenor, was constituted. The committee selected 210 candidates in September. Under the scheme, every candidate is to be given Rs. 10 lakh in two instalments. The first instalment is paid at the beginning of the course and the second after the completion of the first semester. This apart, the students are paid a one-way flight ticket. The government sanctioned a budget of Rs. 25 crore for the purpose.

Almost all the students have joined the universities in August end and September. As they are being pressurised by the management to pay their fees, parents are making a beeline to the District Minority Offices demanding that they transfer the money immediately. “I visited the office twice in the last 10 days. Every time the staff assured of transferring the money the next day, but it has not happened,” a parent complained.

However, the staff attributed the delays to shortage of manpower. When contacted, Omer Jaleel, Special Secretary, Minorities Welfare Department, said that about Rs. 11 crore has been given to the district minority offices last week. “I have directed the officials to immediately transfer the money to the bank accounts of the students. It will be done in a day or two,” he said.

Students enrolled in the Overseas Study Scheme for Minorities are awaiting the first instalment of their fees from the Minorities Department

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