ANCSU appeal for timely disbursement of scholarships

Kohima, February 23 (MExN): All Nagaland College Students' Union (ANCSU) expressed its concern regarding the delay in the disbursement of the NEC Merit Scholarship for the academic years 2021-2022 & 2022-2023.

“We bring this matter to your attention as it falls under the purview of the Higher Education Department to collaborate with the relevant ministry/authority for the timely release of this scholarship, for which your department serves as the nodal authority,” stated ANCSU in its letter addressed to Director, Higher Education, Nagaland.

Regrettably, it sated “it has come to our notice that there has been a significant delay in the disbursement process, causing distress among the student community. We find it disheartening that the urgency of this matter has not been accorded the priority it deserves, creating uncertainty and anxiety among students who have been eagerly anticipating these funds to meet their academic needs over the past years.”

ANCSU drew the attention to the Director “to another critical matter involving the Technical Department. The disbursement of the Post Matric Scholarship (PMS) for Minority 2023 is yet to be realized for the eligible student beneficiaries.”

In this regard, the ANCSU questioned the seriousness of the department in addressing student scholarships.

“Specifically, we are concerned about the apparent negligence in verifying the applicants for the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) scholarship,” it stated adding “While other states have diligently undertaken the verification process, collaborating with the concerned ministry and meeting the deadline of 26th February 2024, it is disconcerting that our Technical Department has yet to follow suit.”

We must emphasize that failing to complete the verification of AICTE scholarship applicants by the stipulated date will hold the technical department accountable for any ensuing consequences, according to ANCSU president Tenyesinilo Bukh and education secretary Tokuho Jakhalu.

ANCSU appealed both the Higher Education and Technical Departments to give immediate and serious consideration to the matter.

We implore you to expeditiously engage with the concerned ministries to ensure the early release and disbursement of all scholarship schemes under the National Scholarship Portal (NSP), it stated.