Stipend reaches BIT Mesra students after over a year
RANCHI: Postgraduate students of BIT Mesra pursuing masters in engineering and pharmacy finally obtained their stipend pending for more than a year. The amount (almost 80% of the pending value) was released to the students by intervention of the institute.
The PG students at BIT who qualified Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) are entitled to get scholarship amount of Rs 8,000 per month during the course period to assist them in studies and pursue research work.
It was till August 2010 that the students got their stipend on time which was suddenly discontinued. One of the students said that when the payment was delayed for the first month they were not worried but after around five months, they decided to seek information from the officials of the institute and University Grants Commission.
"All our efforts went in vain because most of them were not ready to give proper answer as to why the payment was stopped and by when is it expected to be cleared," said one of the students, unwilling to be quoted.
Later, the students flied an application under RTI to the UGC in April 2011, responding to which UGC admitted that the money has not been released by the UGC. The reply, however, clarified that the onus of making payment lies with the institution management which is reimbursed by the commission. BIT sources said that the amount had been released by the UGC after repeated correspondence and requests made on part of the institute.
BIT took up the matter seriously and several correspondences were made with the UGC office. Registrar Col R K Verma clarified that the problem was with the students who qualified GATE and were entitled to receive the scholarship from UGC. "There are a few students who get stipend from All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and there was no problem in their case," he said.
BIT vice-chancellor Ajay Chakravorty had also met the UGC chairman to apprise him of the situation and expedite early release of the amount.