What started as a grandiose plan of digitising the disbursement of scholarships to students and to weed out fake applications by linking Aadhar cards by the state social welfare department is turning out to be a damp squib.
The department has mandated all colleges across the state to procure biometric devices to authenticate the genuineness of the application to release the post-matric scholarship to the beneficiaries. However, even as academic year is coming to end, many colleges are yet to install the device.
According to a GO dated December 2, 2013, issued by the social welfare department, colleges have been ordered to obtain a biometric device which has GPRS system integrate with ePASS system of the department.
With the state government coming up with new ideas every year to disburse the scholarships, many colleges are unable to cope up with frequent changes. Accordance to the new change, the colleges themselves have to purchase the device.
Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, rector MAK Sukumar says, “We will install it very shortly.”
When sought information about scholarships and biometric device, the English and Foreign Languages’ University officials were reluctant to furnish information.
BV Sharma, dean, students welfare, University of Hyderabad says, ‘’We will install the device within two to three days.”
In a five-step process, mooted by the department, to release the scholarships to the beneficiaries there are two stages of verification - first by district welfare officers and then by the college administration. Unless, the application goes through these verification processes one cannot avail the scholarship.
“We have sent the applications to the Treasury to release the funds,” says deputy director, social welfare department of Hyderabad district Sri Ram Vijayapal.