Mr. CT Thotshem, President of Manipuri Students Union, said that there are more than 100 students from Manipur studying in this college whose future is now at stake due to the non-payment of scholarship fees by the state government. He said that earlier the college gave us several notices to submit the college fees but now they want us to clear the dues else we won’t be allowed to appear in the exams. Mr. Thotshem added that our union and the college management has sent several request letters and reminders to the Director of Department of Tribal Hills & Affairs, Govt. of Manipur but nothing has been done so far. We even approached the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes in Delhi in the month of October and submitted a student representation but haven’t got any response from the Director so far.
The central government has started these kinds of schemes for the upliftment of the tribal students who want to avail higher education at recognized institutions within India but these tribal students from Manipur are struggling to get what they are entitled to. This is a very crucial time for the students as the exams are going on but instead of shaping up their future they are busy drafting letters and knocking government doors with a hope to get their scholarships and subsequently an entry to the examination hall.
Students are now approaching the Chief Minster for help otherwise they are left with no other option to take extreme step with their lives.
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