Pune: Despite several attempts by the government to improve the education system and take education to marginal groups of society, many students do not get the benefits of scholarships. Highlighting these issues, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members have written a letter to Minister of State for Social Justice Dilip Kamble.
“A student has to wait for over two years to get a scholarship. A scholarship is meant to ease the burden on students and not harass them. There are several schemes launched by the government to help students get quality education. But educational institutions don’t really help these marginalised students. Institutions often give an excuse that they have not received compensated funds from the government or other technical issues, because of which needy students suffer,” said Raghavendra Risaldar, Pune Secretary, ABVP.
The letter mentions several anomalies in the system that include Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) website, on which scholarship aspirants require to be registered, often crashes, which needs to be addressed. Students from economically backward sections get 50 per cent concession in tuition fees, which must be refunded or given to the college.
Students who study under free shifts, which means you earn while studying, should get their money. Scholarships should be flexible and easy to access for the Scheduled Tribe and Scheduled Caste students.
“Students are struggling to benefit from these schemes. We have demanded that all these issues must be addressed and resolved as soon as possible. Kamble has verbally assured us that steps would be taken to resolve them,” said Risaldar.