Scholarships at Panjab University: Rs 100 to Rs 1,500 per month
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What if you are getting a scholarship or a stipend and not able to buy a single book? That's exactly the case with many students at Panjab University who receive scholarships under the special endowment trust funds.
No effort has been made on the part of the PU to revise the amount. According to the official information, the varsity gives as many as 51 such scholarships. Out of these, 47 scholarships' amount varies from Rs 100 to Rs 1,500 per month.
A deserving candidate of Bachelor of Library and Information Sciences gets Rs 100 per month for 10 months as Dr S R Ranganathan Scholarship. Rs 150 scholarship for 10 months known as S Shiv Charan Singh is given on a need-cum-merit basis to a poor student of physics (hons) department.
Similarly, Rs 100 as a scholarship under the name of Dr S R Ranganathan for 10 months is given to a poor student of the Department of Laws on the recommendation of the chairperson.
Interestingly, Rs 1,000 per annum is given to a student of each under-graduate class of the Chemical Engineering and Technology Department. A meritorious student of masters degree at the Hindi department is entitled to get Rs 100 per month under the name of Kamal Gupta memorial scholarship.
"At least, the authorities should make efforts to revise the amount. I can say that at most of the departments, due to less amount, students might not be availing these scholarships," said Aditi, a student.
Under the Tara Chand Gupta memorial scholarhip, Rs 400 per month is given to the top-ranking student of the School of Communication Studies. Even a topper of BSc (hons school) in Chemistry pursuing MSc (hons) Physical Chemistry gets Rs 300 for 10 months under Prof B R Puri scholarship.
When contacted, the PU official spokesperson said, "These are scholarships given under endowment funds. These were started by some of the alumni or some prominent persons. The amount is the same that was contributed by them."