THE TATA Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, has done away with financial aid to students from outside Maharashtra belonging to the Scheduled Caste category and with family income below the Union government norms from the next academic year, reports Indian Express.
As per the admission prospectus for 2017-18 on the official website, the institute has statedthat the students from outside Maharashtra from the SC category whose family’s annual income is less than Rs 2.5 lakh will have to pay the basic fees (including hostel and dining hall charges). Earlier, the hostel and dining hall fees were borne by the institute while the Central government bears the tuition fee.
The prospectus also mentions that the students can approach for scholarship from their respective states if they fulfil the criteria for the award of the Govt. of India Post Matric Scholarship (PMS). Also that If any GOI-PMS amount is received by the institute, it will be reimbursed to the respective students. This means that the students are required to pay their full fees and can wait for their scholarship amounts to come.
TISS director S Parasuraman said that an acute fund crunch has left the institute with no resources to bear the expenses of the reserved category students. “We are persuading only those students who have the means to pay the fees. The rest of the students with genuine cases will be taken care of. I don’t know from where the money will come, but we will take care,” said Parasuraman.
According to the director, arrears worth Rs 20 crore are pending from the Central government. The TISS administration has cited a financial deficit of Rs 20 crore as the reason behind the decision. “Under the GoI scholarship scheme, the government only pays the tuition fee and the rest is borne by the institute. However, for some years now, the grants owed to the institute have not been released,” said Parasuraman.