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Flaws in online system make life tough for scholarship seekers

Tuesday September 06, 2011 10:21:32 AM, Staff Reporter

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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

“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 said.

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.



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