Malegaon: Minister of Minority
Affairs Salman Khurshid launched the online scholarship management
system April 15 for what the officials said to make scholarship
applications and disbursement to the minority students smoother.
However, far from achieving the said target, the system is
actually making the life tougher for thousands of students who are
trying to apply for this year’s government scholarships.
“The system is actually full of flaws and I would be lying if I
say it is smooth. First, it is damn slow and it takes more than an
hour to fill a single form. Next, once a form is filled and
submitted, what we get in print does not match to actual
information provided by the students”, Razee Anwer, an IT
professional, who is helping the students of Malegaon to fill the
online forms said while speaking to ummid.com.
“Moreover”, he added, “Every name has parts which have to be
separated by spaces. The system is not accepting spaces and we are
forced to insert dots to separate them. This is bound to give
problems in future also as the names in print and those in
documents and bank accounts would not match.”
“Defining a username is also a difficult task as the system
accepts a combination after several attempts though it has not
mentioned any guideline to chose a name”, Nayyera Tehseen, a
computer teacher, who is helping the students at an another centre
The experience of Abdurrehman Yusuf Shaikh of Bhiwandi is even
worst. He said when the governments declared the dates for online
submission of the application forms, for 3-4 days the website was
down and no one could even use the system.
“After the complaints were made to the concerned department, the
website was up but it declined to accept the applications. When
this was brought to the notice of the concerned department they
could not give any satisfactory reply”, he said.
Meanwhile realising that the system is not working as it was
expected to be, the Government in its part extended the last date
of submission from August 26 to September 15. However, those who
are assisting the students say that unless the flaws in the system
are worked out, extending the dates would be meaningless.
“The problem is in the system due to which we fear that a huge
number of deserving students could not get the benefit of the
scholarships. Hence we demand that till the mistakes in the system
are corrected, the government should accept the application forms
manually”, said Yusuf Shaikh.