DoHE clarifies on State merit scholarship

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Dimapur, October 10: Reacting to the resentment voiced by the NUSU (L) on delay in scholarship disbursement, the Department of Higher Education being the implementing agency of State merit scholarship has clarified that the minimum percentage of marks required for the award as well as renewal is to maintain 70% marks at all levels both for 1st and 2nd year.
The department said this condition is clearly mentioned in the application guidelines.
Director, Higher Education, Kuholi Chishi stated that unlike other universities, Nagaland University has been following 7 Point Grading Scale System for the undergraduates and only those students securing Grade “A” or “O” can be considered to have secured a percentage of 70% or more.
Hence, State merit scholarship was awarded to only those securing either “A” or “O” Grade, she said.
However, the Director said it was later found that the grading system does not truly reflect the actual percentage secured by the students and the Directorate took the extra responsibility to rework the calculation of the actual percentage secured by the students from the rejected list.
“This manual process of recalculation from each form for the actual percentage secured was highly time consuming. After going through each application form, an additional 253 applicants were found to be qualifying for the State Merit Scholarship,” she said.
The department informed that the additional list of 253 students has been put up for Government approval, and as and when the approval is received, the amount will be credited to the beneficiary’s account.
The department informed that all these facts regarding the issue have been made known to the students’ representatives in the month of August.
(Page News Service)