Change in at­ti­tude of J&K stu­dents: Sur­vey

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HTNATION - Nee­lam Pandey

NEWDELHI:A ma­jor­ity of stu­dents from Jammu and Kash­mir (J&K), who avail a spe­cial scholarship from the Cen­tre to pur­sue higher ed­u­ca­tion across In­dia, have said liv­ing out­side the state has changed their knowl­edge and at­ti­tude to­wards peo­ple from other parts of the coun­try, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey.

The sur­vey was con­ducted by Mum­bai’s Tata In­sti­tute of So­cial Sci­ence (TISS), which was tasked by the Union hu­man re­source de­vel­op­ment (HRD) min­istry and the All In­dia Coun­cil for Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion (AICTE) to as­sess the Prime Min­is­ter’s Spe­cial Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS) for stu­dents from J&K.

The in­sti­tute was asked to eval­u­ate the scheme, find out prob­lems faced by the stu­dents and rea­sons be­hind dropouts among other things.

More than 2,670 stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in the sur­vey.

Most of the stu­dents, ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey, said they would leave the restive state to pur­sue fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion and look for jobs out­side.

“Stu­dents were able to ex­plore new life­styles and new sit­u­a­tions. They also said that the scheme helped in im­prove­ment in self­knowl­edge, at­ti­tude and be­hav­iour, con­fi­dence level, de­vel­op­ing tastes for dif­fer­ent food, learn­ing dif­fer­ent lan­guages and cul­ture, among oth­ers,” the draft re­port sub­mit­ted to the coun­cil, which is the reg­u­la­tory body for higher ed­u­ca­tion, says.

A fi­nal re­port will be sub­mit­ted soon by the in­sti­tute.

Some stu­dents com­plained that the places they were study­ing in were not safe for them and they found it dif­fi­cult to ad­just to the new en­vi­ron­ment be­cause of the dif­fer­ence in lan­guage and cul­ture. They also com­plained about the de­lay in dis­burse­ment of scholarship money.

A ma­jor­ity of the stu­dents or 66.5% stated they faced fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties when the money given un­der the scholarship is de­layed and 31.8% said they did not face any prob­lem dur­ing the scholarship process.

The stu­dents stated var­i­ous rea­sons or im­pact of the fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties when they get the money late.

Half of the stu­dents or 50.6% men­tioned they faced dif­fi­cul­ties due to de­lay in dis­burse­ment of scholarship. One-fourth of the stu­dents or 24.4% said they faced dif­fi­cul­ties in terms of two things: first, they have to pay fees and then claim for re­im­burse­ment. Fur­ther, 22.6% stu­dents said the amount given un­der the scholarship was not suf­fi­cient.

Stu­dents were asked to share their plans af­ter the com­ple­tion of their course. More than half or 60.5% of the stu­dents said they would go out­side their state for fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion and 32.7% of the stu­dents stated they would look for jobs else­where.

And, 17.3% men­tioned they would go back to J&K and look for jobs.

They also sug­gested that main­te­nance and li­brary charges should be paid for, the pro­cess­ing time for funds should be short and quick, the web por­tal should be up­dated and a there should be a quick re­sponse for the ap­pli­ca­tion among other things.

The sur­vey found that the spe­cial scholarship scheme had in­her­ent prob­lems such as stu­dents tak­ing ad­mis­sion on their own in any col­lege or in­sti­tu­tion.

“The scheme got hi­jacked by vested par­ties and from 2014-15, the HRD min­istry in­tro­duced a trans­par­ent sys­tem to stream­line the process of scholarship and stu­dents were re­quired to ap­ply on­line,” said a se­nior HRD of­fi­cial.

HT FILE

Most of the stu­dents, ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey, said they would leave the restive state to pur­sue fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion and look for jobs.

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