Mrunal Manmay Dash

Raising concern over the poor number of scholarship applications filed by students in the current academic year, the Odisha Higher Education Department has asked all Colleges and Universities to take immediate steps to expedite the validation process of the online applications for scholarships.

In a letter to all Pricipals of Colleges and Registrars of Universities, Prativa Sahu, Joint Secretary to Government said, “From the online database of State scholarship portal it is found that a very few number of online applications pertaining to e-Medhabruti Scholarship, Vyasakabi Fakir Mohan Bhasabruti and Gopabandhu Sikshya Sahayata Yojana have been validated till date, which is accounted as very poor.”

As per Sahu, the department noticed that the college authorities are insisting on submission of physical copy of online applications along with other documents at the time of online validation and not validating the online applications due to non-submission of the same.

“After introduction of State Scholarship Portal from this year, 2020-21, all the relevant documents are uploaded in the online application and there is no necessity of submission of physical form of application at college level,” the letter read.

Sahu requested them to take immediate necessary steps to expedite the validation process basing on the online documents and the data available with the college and complete the process of validation within the stipulated period.

The last date of validation has been extended upto August 31, 2021 for completion of online validation. No further extension shall be made.