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Covid delay denies DU students scholarships | Delhi News

NEW DELHI: The Indian vice-president’s secretariat and the National Commission for Backward Classes have written to Delhi University and the University Grants Commission about complaints by students at not being able to submit applications on the National Scholarship Portal (NSP).
On NSP, students can apply for the various scholarships available to students belonging to SC/ST categories or for those who are single girl child, members of minorities, university first rank holders or residents of north-east India. But many students claim that the pandemic-forced closures of colleges and universities led to their being unaware of application schedules.
“The last date to fill the application form was January 20. The admission process was under way in DU at the time, and the students weren’t fully aware of scholarships schemes because the campus was closed,” claimed students in a letter addressed to UGC, with copies sent to the vice-presidents’ office and the National Commission for Backward Classes. The students added that they should be given a chance to fill the form because if they don’t apply in their first year of college, they cannot submit an application after that.
The letter from the VP’s office to acting vice-chancellor P C Joshi, said, “I am enclosing a series of emails received on February 16 from students of law faculty, Delhi University, first semester, requesting to extend NSP scholarship portal date for your kind attention.”
NCBC wrote to the UGC secretary on February 18, saying, “Dr Bhagwan Lal Sahni, honourable chairman of NCBC, a body set up under Article 338B of the Indian Constitution, has directed you to conduct an enquiry and submit the compliance report within three days of the receipt of the letter.”
UGC officials could not be reached for their comment on the matter.
Dinesh Meena, law student, said, “The professional scholarships (Rs4,500-7,800 every month) encourages SC/ST students in courses like law. Similarly, scholarships are also provided to students who are financially weak and are unable to study in Delhi otherwise.”

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