Denial of scholarship for the purpose of helping students to pursue natural and basic sciences is arbitrary

Pradesh High Court- While deciding a writ petition wherein
the petitioner was denied scholarship for higher education under the scheme
launched by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India under
Ministry of Science and Technology, called “INSPIRE” valued at Rs. 80,000/- per
year, the bench comprising of Rajiv Sharma and Sureshwar Thakur JJ, allowed the
petition and directed respondent no. 1 to release the scholarship to the
petitioner within a period of six weeks from today with interest @ 9% per
annum. The Court further observed that the approach of the respondents in the
instant case was unreasonable and arbitrary and the purpose of the scheme is to
help the students to pursue natural or basic sciences at B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), Int.
M.Sc. or MS programmes, being specialized courses.

In the instant case the petitioner passed
her 10+2 and scored 81.4% marks. The petitioner was informed that she was eligible
for scholarship for higher education under the scheme “INSPIRE” and was asked
to complete all the formalities and submit the documents by 31.7.2012. The case
of the petitioner was not processed even after submission of the documents on
the required date. The contention forwarded by respondent 2 was that the
present case was not covered under
the Ministry of Human Resource Development guidelines (Annexure R-2/1).

The court after perusal of facts stated
that the respondents have failed to take into
account the difference between “INSPIRE” scholarship and “Central Sector Scheme
of Scholarship for College and University Students” by
MHRD as both operate in different fields and the case of the petitioner is
covered under “INSPIRE”. [Pooja Sharma v.
Union of India, 2015 SCC OnLine HP 1352, decided on 19.3.2015]
Source: Legal news India

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