10 demands pertaining to marginalized & poor students
New Delhi, Jan 20 (Delhi Crown): The All-India OBC Students Association (AIOBCSA) has written a letter to the Centre Government urging it to introduce in this year’s Union Budget new schemes to provide digital devices and free internet service to marginalized and poor students to cope with the pandemic.
The Association also urged the Government to provide for funds for constructing social welfare hostels with full central assistance in higher educational institutions (HEIs) and each parliamentary constituency.
Also, it demanded a special OBC grant to all HEIs – IITs, NITs, Central Universities for the empowerment of OBCs.
The Letter has been forwarded to the Prime Minister Office, Ministry of Education, the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, and to all the Members of Parliament.
Besides, in the letter the AIOBCSA asked for a special assistance to boost innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities for OBC, SC, and ST youths.
“We represented 10 Point demands pertaining to marginalized and poor students, emphasizing the country’s Socially and Educationally Backward Classes,” said AIOBCSA president Kiran Kumar.
He said due to Covid pandemic, many marginalized and poor students were facing problems with lack of proper digital devices and issues with internet connectivity.
“The Union Government shall introduce a special Digital Device Drive, provide digital devices like laptops and tablets for students, and offer special free internet schemes for marginalized and poor students,” Kumar said.
He also demanded an increase in the budgetary allocation for the National Fellowship for OBCs (NFOBC) and increase the number of fellowships from 1000 to 10,000 slots to meet OBC students’ demand, and introduce Post-Doctoral Fellowship for the Other Backward Classes (OBCs).
As the students of marginalized and poor are facing problems with proper accommodation for their education, there is a need for the construction of Social Welfare Hostels for Post-Metric, Graduation, and Post-Graduation students in each Parliamentary constituency and more hostels in the capital city of the respective States for the welfare of OBC, SC, ST, and Economically poor students, said the AIOBCSA’s letter written to the Union Government.