SIO Impact | Maharashtra South Zone

Alhamdulillah SIO Ms South Zone is working for different Minority scholarship for last 6-7 months. (e.g. Merit cum Means, Post Metric, Pre metric and other private schemes). SIO MS South Zone has come up with a Scholarship Cell which looks after all matters related to scholarship issues. Very Important issue was taken up recently. Presenting some excerpt from the same.

The Issue 
For the year 2011 state Govt. declared 48157 Minority post metric Scholarships (worth 40 crores).  State govt made it compulsory for online from for current year to speed up the process of issuing the scholarships; however they neglected the following facts/errors

1) www.dhepune.gov.in  site do not open readily.
2) 15000 junior and senior colleges in state while site shows 2000 only.
3) Rural areas do not have net facility.
4) Form does not load readily.
5) After filling the form either form goes out blank or gives print error.

Some other hitches which troubled the students a lot were the gross negligence, inefficiency, lack of co-ordination among different education directorates in State and irresponsibility, non-cooperation by Junior/Degree/PG College Principals, short period between issuing GR and last date of filling forms, Less/limited or no publicity of schemes.

On the top of everything making online scheme compulsory while Centre never made it compulsory, have floundered this good scheme on the ground.


11 Aug. 2011 
Was the start date for filling form. Till 13th Aug. only 450 forms were received by Govt.
Br.Md.Ali(Campus Sec.MSZ)  and Shaikh Nadeem R. (convenor,sclrshp cell)  met Dr. P.R Gaikwad (Director Higher Education,Mah) discussed the issue and submitted the Memorandum.

Aug 14, 2011 
Sio Nanded city  prez.  Br.Ikramuddin, Br. Mohsin (City sec.), Dr. M. A. Baseer (Member JIh), met  Honbl.D.P Sawant (Minister) discussed the issue and submitted the Memorandum, Later he assured that he will call the meeting and will take strong action on this.

16,17 AUG 
Sio Mumbai division, Sio Aurangabad city, Sio pune city, Sio Solapoor, Sio Kolahpur, Sio Nagpur, Sio Amravati and Sio Nanded City submitted memorandum to their respective directors.

25 Aug 
Zonal PR Sec and team met Mr. Rajesh Tope(Minister of Higher Education, Mah. state) and submitted Memorandum.

Demand in the Memorandum were
1.    Extend the last date for filling form.
2.    Offline form shall be accepted.
3.    Workshops in School and colleges  shall be conducted for awareness of the scheme.
4.    Renewal and fresh forms shall be separated.
5.    Zero balance A/c opening scheme for students, subsequently GR shall be given to banks.
6.    Monitoring and grievance redressal committee shall be formed.
7.    Changes in DHE Website.

outcome of SIO’s efforts resulted in extension of last date of form submission form Aug.25 to Sept.15. Alhamdulillah.


2nd Sept. 2011
Br.Md.ali aur Malik Ab.Salam (Ex.ZP) met Mr. Sanjive Kumar (Principle Sec.Dhe Mah) submitted Memorandum. Mr. Kumar orally declared "online forms are not compulsory, students can fill the offline forms also" agreed to issue written notification.

8th Sept. 2011
Memorandum submitted to Mr.Ratnakar Gaikwad(Chief sec. DHE), Mr. Prithvi Raj Chavan (CM. Mah), Fauziya khan and Rajendra Darda one copy was faxed to,
a)    Hon. Chairperson. UPA. Delhi
b)    Hon .Pm, Govt. of India
c)    Hon. State and central ministry of minority affairs, Govt of india, Delhi and Mumbai.
d)    Hon. CM, Maharashtra.
e)    Hon. state and central minister for higher &tech. education Mantralay, Mumbai
f)    Hon. state and central minister for school education, Mantralay, Mumbai
g)    Hon. Chairman, National and state minority commission, Delhi and Mumbai

Seeing no response from Govt. ZONE took the decision of press conference at various location to show media what SIO has done till date sleeplessly and sleeping attitude of GOVT.

10sep. - Mumbai press conference:  App.10 Reporters attended the conference, Next day many papers published the news with full details.

13 sep. - Pune press conference: App.20 Reporters attended the conference, 3 Electronic Media (Sahara Samay Mumbai, Saam Marathi Mumbai and Deccan News). Saharah Samay telecasted our news in the eve 7.30. Next day almost all the news papers were full of issue raised by SIO. The Hindu, The Indian Express, Sakal Times, Loksatta, Dainik Pudhari, Parhar, Lokmat, Rashtrya Sahara, Inqilab, Urdu Times

Due to all these as a result till date

1.    Last date for form submission was extended to 30th Sept. from 15 sept.
2.    MASTECH made lot of positive changes in website
3.    DHE conducted workshops at 2-3 places.
4.    Till date 48000+ forms have been received,

Next expecting 
1.    Last date for form submission shall be extended to 15th Oct now.
2.    Target forms 1.5 Lakhs.
All praise to Allah.
Let us hope for the best. 

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