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Open Letter to the Chief Minister of Manipur

In this esteemed newspaper, I on behalf of the student communities I would like to draw the attention of the Chief Minister of Manipur to please kindly look into the Post-Matric Scholarship for the academic session 2018-2019 for the tribal students pursuing studies outside the state on priority basis albeit unstable financial position of state’s exchequer as the scholarship is yet to be reimbursed to the respective students. It is unfortunate that it has become a trend for reimbursement of Pre-Matric and Post-Matric scholarships untimely for the past two academic years. The tribal students depend on the Scholarship for payment of fees, and other expenses of essential materials related to their academic activities. To mentioned one factual context that is, the tribal students of Manipur pursuing Bachelors, Masters, M.Phil, and Ph.D. in the Tata Institute of Social Sciences across all the campuses of the institute are yet to submit their Post-Matric Scholarship to the Institute for the academic year 2018-19, as this scholarship is meant for payment of fees.  Hence, the students’ certificates of Bachelors, Masters, and M.Phil are withheld by the institute’s authority, unless the scholarship is submitted their certificates will be withheld leading to detrimental of their career though how motivated they are to scale the pinnacle. Moreover, the withheld of certificates by the concerned authority is letting them handicapped to pursue their career in which they are interested or intrigued upon and also it may even let the students undergo psychological trauma.
Studying outside the state doesn’t mean all the tribal students are from the sound economic family background. There are also students belonging to low economic background who solely depend upon the scholarships and fellowships provided by the government of India. And moreover, there are students with their outstanding performances got merit scholarships and fellowships for their higher studies to sustain their educational expenses and also supporting their siblings too.
Therefore, I would like to make a humble suggestion to the state government and the concerned authority pertaining to any scholarships of the students, it must be a top priority and primary onus. Lackadaisical gestures of the state government on scholarship matters will implicate the students’ career and the ramifications will only be a burden of the parents. Thus, your esteem office is requested to kindly look into this matter and takes the necessary action as soon as possible for a positive outcome. Thanking you.

Yours sincerely,
Gofort Koko
Ph.D. scholar,
Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
Resident of Berukhudam Village,
Chandel District, Manipur.

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