The students of the University of Hyderabad staged a protest on the varsity's campus on Monday against the closure of mess cards for SC/ST and other social welfare scholarship holders.
The Times of India reported:
Students stormed the chief warden's office and demanded that the administration restore their mess cards and allow them to have food at the hostel mess. Students claimed that despite deliberations with the chief warden last week and the circular that followed, the administration and respective hostel offices withheld the mess cards of scholarship holders.
This comes after a protest was held on Saturday for the same reasons with some students blaming the governments of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh for not releasing scholarship money to the university, while others claimed that the university's administration was at fault.
According to reports, the two governments provide social welfare scholarships to SC/ST/BC students amounting to Rs 14,000 per student per year. The amount is directly deposited in the university account by the state government concerned.
The university administration on its part has claimed that it had released a circular on July 19 urging students to clear all their fees and later issued another circular after protests, claiming to waive off Rs 8,000 on its part, with the balance to be paid by students.
Shamsher Singh Rawat, the newly appointed principal secretary of AP social welfare department, earlier told TOI, "The AP government is proactive in releasing scholarships of students. We have even opened a website for students to register for scholarships and plan to release the mess dues on monthly basis.Nobody has come to me so far with this issue. However, if students approach me, I will get the issue resolved at the earliest."
In a separate development, security has been heightened in the campus following clashes between the ABVP and other students on July 16 after a meeting was held on the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in Kashmir.
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