Uttar Pradesh government yet to pay fee subsidies it promisedJune 13th, 2008 - 4:03 pm ICT by IANS
Lucknow, June 13 (IANS) The future of over 4,000 Other Backward Class (OBC) students of Lucknow University (LU) hangs in the balance as the Uttar Pradesh government has not yet paid money for a fee subsidy scheme, an official said Friday. The scheme was announced by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati nearly three weeks ago.
“Although the government announced it would pay the fees of OBC students, we have not yet received any financial assistance for the students,” Manoj Dixit, LU spokesperson, told IANS.
He added that the fate of these students would continue to hang in the balance as their results would not be declared till the government paid their fees.
These students had taken admission in various courses of the varsity in the 2007-08 academic session under the zero-fee scheme introduced by former chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav.
After the Mayawati government scrapped the zero-fee scheme, LU directed these students to pay their fees and withheld their exam results.
Later, the state government earmarked Rs.2 billion under a new scheme to enable poor students of all classes, including those from general category, to avail 100 percent fee subsidy for studies beyond intermediate level.
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