While the university stated that physical verification was required for granting scholarship, the students who were admitted in March 2020 said it was not possible as they were yet to visit the campus and those from abroad were not being granted visas owing to the pandemic. They are currently being taught online.
A statement issued by the students mentioned, “The first-year students were forced to decide on a class boycott after the university’s uncaring and unresponsive attitude towards our emails demanding what was promised in our admission offer letters. The university administration issued an ambiguous notice on March 19 mandating physical registration of students to disburse scholarships without clarifying when such verification would occur.”
“Why are we not being given permission like students of other years? If the university wants, it can easily do e-verification, but they are not listening to us. How will they do physical verification of foreign students when visas are not being granted?” asked a student on anonymity.
For foreign students, the administration has sent mails to the high commissions of SAARC countries requesting them to provide visas to first-year students only after a decision is taken on restarting physical classes.
The students have also been demanding the monthly living allowance, which is a part of the scholarship. However, the university stated, “Since the students are not physically present on the campus, paying living allowance to those attending classes from their homes makes little sense.”
Asked about the scholarship, a university official said, “Considering the situation, it doesn’t make sense to ask the first semester students to come to the campus. It was categorically communicated to each student at the time of admission that they could come to the campus only after the situation guaranteed physical classes.”
“Moreover, disbursement of scholarship to all first-year students is not feasible at this point as all of them do not have accounts in the banks that the university deals with or any other bank in India. There are challenges in sending money to bank accounts in many SAARC member states,” added the official.
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