Kashmiri students face fund crunch: Bathinda varsity extends fee deadline, SGPC steps in to help with ration

With these students fast running out of money to meet their daily expenses, including paying for food, help has also sta...

Guru Kashi University in Bathinda’s Talwandi Sabo on Monday decided to extend deadline to clear pending fee for over 50 students from Kashmir who have not been able to get in touch with their parents in Kashmir valley after the abolition of Article 370. With these students fast running out of money to meet their daily expenses, including paying for food, help has also started pouring in from institutions like the SGPC.

The SGPC has given Rs 10,000 with ration supplies to these students. This help from SGPC was extended through acting Jathedar of Akal Takht, who is also Jathedar Takht Damdama Sahib, Giani Harpreet Singh. Giani Harpreet Singh said, “Many students live in PGs in Talwandi Sabo and cook food themselves. They are facing shortage of funds.

Though they were reluctant, we gave them some ration items like rice, sugar, flour, pulses, masalas, detergent, soap, toothpaste etc. We are here to support them. SGPC has extended help to them and more help will also be done in the future if needed.”

There are around 600 students in the university. Few live in PGs at few others in hostels as well. Earlier, the Kashmiri students had complained that they were unable to make any contact with their parents due to which they were facing a fund crunch.  Nasir, a student, said, “I was dehydrated and was admitted to a private hospital for one night. I was charged Rs 6600 for treatment. I had no money and hence friends contributed money to pay the bill.”

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