Surrey softball tourney raising funds this weekend for Kassandra Kaulius memorial scholarship

SURREY — Twenty-four women’s teams will play ball this weekend to raise money for a scholarship set up in memory of a Surrey woman who was killed by a drunk driver.

The fifth annual Kassandra Kaulius Memorial Softball Tournament will be at Softball City in South Surrey June 23-25, hosted by the Kaulius family and Surrey Storm Softball Association.

The 22-year-old aspiring teacher and pitcher for the Storm’s senior ladies team was heading home from playing a game of softball at Cloverdale Athletic Park on May 3, 2011 when a drunk motorist driving a van ran a red light and T-boned her car at 103 km/h., at 152nd Street and 64th Avenue.

Kassandra’s mom, Markita Kaulius, said the annual tournament is “bittersweet” because her family gets to see her daughter’s old teammates and swap stories but, she added, “We know how much she would have loved being there to play in this tournament herself.”

The tournament is now the largest senior women’s softball tournament in the province for ages 18 and up, she said.

“At the time of Kassandra’s death she was studying to become a teacher and it was her dream to make a difference and give back to others,” Kaulius said. To date, 21 scholarships have been given. That’s $15,000, all told.

“Our dream was to assist another young person in helping make their dream come true of pursuing a post-secondary education. It helps in our healing that in a small way Kassandra is still helping someone receive their education.”

 

Pay scholarship to Kashmiri students studying in Mewar University: HC asks GoI

The High Court has directed the government of India to register and pay scholarship to more than 250 Kashmiri students who had been asked by Mewar University in Rajasthan to vacate the campus because a Central education body had not released students’ scholarship money to the varsity.

However, the relief for the students is one-time exception and will be valid only till they complete their courses, a bench of justice Muhammad Yaqoob Mir said. The bench also directed that the students shall be registered for scholarship that should be released in their favour through respective institutions.

Pay scholarship to Kashmiri students studying in Mewar University: HC asks GoI

The students had taken admission in various programmes during the academic year 2014-15. However, when the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) did not release scholarship money, the varsity asked the students to deposit hostel and tuition fees or vacate the campus by 28 February 2015.

The High Court was hearing the aggrieved students’ petition that pleaded for quashing a notification issued by the AICTE, which said no scholarship will be provided to students admitted in any educational institution beyond counseling under the Special Scholarship Scheme 2014-15.

The students had also requested the court to annul the decision of human resources development ministry’s panel, which had declined scholarships to the students beyond the stage of counseling.

The scholarship scheme had been formulated on the recommendations of an Expert Group chaired by former RBI governor Dr C Rangarajan. The AICTE then conducted counseling for admissions from 30 August 2014 to 5 September 2014 at the SP College, Srinagar.

The petitioners submitted that they took admission in Mewar University in accordance with applicable scheme following previous year’s practice under the impression that since they had registered on the AICTE website and got their documents verified on the verification counter approved by the AICTE.

But they could not reach the counseling centre because of the heavy rains and the ensuing devastating flood.

The government of India, in its reply, submitted that for the academic year 2014-15, the HRD ministry panel had recommended that only those students who applied through AICTE portal will only be eligible for the scholarship from the academic year 2014-15 onwards.

 

Pb CM assures probe into diversion of scholarship scheme funds

Chandigarh, Jun 15 (PTI) The Punjab government will get probed the alleged diversion of the Post Matric Scholarship scheme SC funds and strict action will be taken against those found guilty, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said today.

Responding to a question of Congress MLA Raj Kumar Chabbewal during the Question Hour, the CM assured the House that the entire matter would be thoroughly examined to fix the accountability and identify lapses, if any.

The CMs assurance came amid claims by Minister for Welfare of SC and BC Sadhu Singh Dharamsot that no funds were “transferred” under the post-matric scholarship SC scheme.

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Chabbewal had raised the issue of alleged diversion of funds and inordinate delay on the part of the Centre in releasing the sum for disbursement of scholarships under Post Matric Scholarship Scheme for the eligible scheduled caste students.

To which Minister for SC/BC Welfare Sadhu Singh Dharamsot informed the House that the Centre has not disbursed a sum of Rs 717 crore, for the period 2016-17, as a result fee of students could not be paid.

He also said that the chief minister had taken up the issue with the government of India and had gone to Delhi with the Punjab Chief Secretary to pursue the matter and get the funds released.

Congress MLA Kuljit Singh Nagra, describing the delay in release of funds as a serious matter, said the previous SAD- BJP government had allegedly diverted funds meant for SC scholarship and sought a probe into the matter.

Later, Punjab minister Charanjit Singh Channi accused the previous government of not contributing its own share in setting up polytechnic colleges in the state.

Channi, replying to a query of AAP MLA from Budhlada Budh Ram who sought to know whether the building of government polytechnic college at Bareta in Mansa district had been completed, said, “During previous regime, the Centre had allotted Rs 86 crore for setting up polytechnic colleges in the state but the Punjab government did not put in its share”.

He alleged that the SAD-BJP regime played with “future of the students” of the state as only buildings were built but no staff was appointed.

Leader of Opposition H S Phoolka then sought to know whether the government had fixed responsibility on any officer or former minister in this regard.

To which Channi replied, “If he starts suspending officials then the entire Punjab State Board of Technical Education and Industrial Training board will become staff- less.”

The minister assured the House that anybody found guilty would not be spared.

Meanwhile, the CM announced that Sultanpur Lodhi city in Kapurthala district would get a complete facelift ahead of the 550th Parkash Utsav of Guru Nanak Devi to be held in 2019.

Congress MLA Navtej Singh Cheema had demanded that a new and spacious guest house should be constructed at Sultanpur Lodhi as the present PWD building was in deplorable condition.

In response to another question, the CM said the finance ministry will soon release a “white paper” which will highlight financial crisis gripping the state as a result of the mismanagement of the previous SAD-BJP regime.

In reply to demands by several MLAs about deploying more employees in government hospitals to cope with shortage of staff, Amarinder said it was not only the health sector that had been affected by the paucity of funds but other departments were also face the same problem. PTI CHS SMJ

 

MSU STUDENTS FINALLY GET UGC SCHOLARSHIP

After a legal battle for almost two years, engineering students of MS University finally got justice when the UGC released grant for their monthly stipend following the intervention of Gujarat High Court. The HC was hearing a plea filed by couple of students regarding their scholarship. As per the case details, two former students of Maharaj Sayajirao University (MSU), Vadodara, had filed a petition in the HC against the varsity, the University Grants Commission (UGC) and Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) for nonpayment of scholarship due to them for three out of four-semester course. The unpaid total scholarship amounted to Rs 1.5 lakh each.
MSU students finally get UGC scholarship
One of the students had secured admission in Post Graduate Engineering course at MSU in 2010, while the other had secured admission in the same course in 2011. There are a total 45 such students who haven’t received scholarship. According to submissions by the students, they were entitled to Rs 8,000 per month scholarship-cumstipend after clearing the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) and getting admission in 2010. They got the scholarship for the first semester but didn’t receive it for the rest three. The MSU and UGC are blaming each other or citing procedural lapse for lack of scholarship disbursal.

As per the scheme floated by the MHRD, those who take admission in Masters in Engineering after clearing GATE were eligible for a monthly stipend of Rs 8,000. In 2014, the amount was revised to Rs 12,500 per month. UGC was tasked with responsibility to disburse the amount to eligible students through the respective universities. One of the aggrieved students Bhavesh Brahmbhatt said, “The UGC has submitted before the court that they released grant of Rs 34,34,000 for 47 general category students and 21 SC category students towards first semester scholarship. The HC has directed MSU to disburse it to the students.

Plea To Release Scholarship For Minority Students

Plea to release scholarship for minority students

In a press release, he has stated that the students pursuing their education from SSLC up to higher education at various institutions have submitted applications for Moulana Azad National Scholarship through registered posts and other mediums requesting for the release of the scholarship for the previous year.

Stating that many students had opted to discontinue their studies for non-release of scholarship, Ismail Shariff has said that poor students were finding it difficult to pay the fees as the last date to pay the fees was fast approaching. He has requested the Union Minister to look into the matter and release the scholarship at the earliest.

 

LPU to provide 100% scholarship to J&K toppers

JALANDHAR, June 14: Every year, thousands of students join Lovely Professional University (LPU) from across India and the world. To support top meritorious students, LPU runs one of the largest scholarship policies in the country, where top students can get scholarship up to Rs 1.5 lakh per year.
This year, LPU has moved one step further and decided to provide 100% tuition and residential fee- waiver to top 20 students of each of the recognized Central as well as State Boards, including CBSE, JKSBOSE (Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education), and ICSE boards.
Last year, more than 1600 students with 90% and more marks joined LPU. Scholarships are provided not only for illustrious achievements in academics but in sports, social service, cultural, co-curricular activities, bravery-acts, research and development works also. Meritorious students in diverse fields, from across Jammu and Kashmir, can become a part of this league of extraordinary achievers this year-2017 as well.

LPU to provide 100% scholarship to J&K toppers
LPU Chancellor Ashok Mittal said: “Our University strongly strives to provide higher education to all meritorious students. Last year, LPU scholarship was up to Rs 1 lakh per year per student, which has now been increased to 1.5 lakh per student. Then, more than 1600 students with 90% and more marks from all across India were benefitted through this scholarship scheme. On the same lines, in order to help the students of Jammu & Kashmir, we are providing 100% scholarship to the J&K topper students also. In fact, we do not want that a capable student be debarred from receiving quality education. I am happy to see that we have been able to make this positive for a larger number of students from across the state and the country.”
During the current admission session, some of the students from Jammu and Kashmir, Shivam, Aakash Sharma, Yashavin Singh all three from Jammu, Aadir Bashir Lone from Srinagar, Dipty Samwal from Udhampur and Amandeep Kaur from Lakhanpur, who have joined LPU Programmes in B Tech Bio-Tech, BHMCT, B Tech ME, B Sc Bio-Tech, B Sc MLT and M Tech Civil Engineering are with good marks in their last qualifying exams.

 

Plea To Release Scholarship For Minority Students

Mysuru: World Human Rights Protection Association-Mysuru City President Ismail Shariff has urged the Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to release Moulana Azad National Scholarship for girls belonging to minority community for the academic year 2016-17.

Plea to release scholarship for minority students

In a press release, he has stated that the students pursuing their education from SSLC up to higher education at various institutions have submitted applications for Moulana Azad National Scholarship through registered posts and other mediums requesting for the release of the scholarship for the previous year.

 

Stating that many students had opted to discontinue their studies for non-release of scholarship, Ismail Shariff has said that poor students were finding it difficult to pay the fees as the last date to pay the fees was fast approaching. He has requested the Union Minister to look into the matter and release the scholarship at the earliest.