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B.Ed students threaten dharna over 7-month scholarship wait in front of Janjati Kalyan department


BY TC News Desk

Agartala, December 26: In a compelling display of discontent, B.Ed students on Wednesday rallied in front of the Janjati Kalyan Department, fervently demanding the release of overdue scholarships. The aggrieved students issued a stern warning, asserting their intent to escalate the protest into a dharna if their stipends are not promptly disbursed.

One student lamented, “For the past seven months, we have been deprived of our rightful scholarships. This financial aid is particularly crucial for female students, who rely on it to cover educational expenses.” It was revealed that B.Ed. students who completed their degrees abroad are grappling with financial difficulties, having funded their education through loans.

Expressing frustration, the students highlighted their repeated attempts to engage with the department’s staff, only to be met with arguments and alleged verbal abuse. Complaints surfaced that office personnel were uncooperative and hostile when confronted about the scholarship delays.

The students insisted that the scholarship funds are indispensable for their academic pursuits, emphasizing the financial strain caused by the prolonged non-disbursement. Consequently, the protestors felt compelled to take their grievances to the Scheduled Caste Welfare Department.

Demanding urgent action, the students called for the immediate initiation of arrangements to expedite the scholarship distribution process. A clear ultimatum was issued: if their demands remain unmet, the students declared their intention to escalate the protest into a more prolonged sit-in, signaling their determination to secure their rightful financial support. The plight of these B.Ed students underscores the urgency for a resolution to the scholarship disbursement issue, urging authorities to address their grievances promptly.

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