National Scholarship Portal (NSP) aspirants almost missed deadline due to ongoing internet gag in Kashmir

‘Long queues of applicants seen at DC office Srinagar for filing the application’

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Gowhar Nazir

Srinagar, Dec 16: The post and pre-matric scholarship applicants under National Scholarship Portal has almost missed the deadline for filing their scholarship application due to non-availability of internet services in valley which was later on extended by the concerned officials.

The prevailing internet clampdown in valley, forced scores of students to visit Deputy Commissioner’s office, Srinagar in order to submit their documents online to avoid missing of deadline which was later on extended to 17th January, 2020.

The internet shutdown in valley crosses over 133 days as order for suspension of services was made on August 05, 2019, as precautionary measures to avoid any law and order situation in valley, in the backdrop of roll back of semi-autonomous status (Article 370) and the bifurcation of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories (Jammu—Kashmir and Ladakh). As the decision on restoration of internet services is yet to be made by the administration.

“I have completed all the formalities and now I was waiting for the restoration of internet services for filing my application but today one of my friends told me that today is the last date for its submission.” Tawseef Ahmed Dar, an applicant from Kupwara said

Dar said that ongoing internet suspension has left most of the students unaware about the last date which is very unfortunate. He further added, “I am sure that most of the students present here won’t be able to file their application due to limited number of computer systems.”

 

Another applicant Tahir from Srinagar said, “I am in the queue from the last 4 hours and I am not sure whether I will be able to submit my application or not.”

He said that many students in valley has failed to benefit from the pre and post matric scholarship due to internet gag. He further added, “I completed all the formalities a month ago and the only issue in my application process was the non-availability of internet services in valley.”

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