By | June 16, 2017
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.