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COVID-19: St Stephen’s To Set Up Resilience Fund For Students Facing Financial Hardships

St Stephen’s College, one of the three constituent colleges of the University of Delhi is planning to set up a ‘Resilience Fund’ with the aim of helping its financially deprived students.

The COVID-19 Resilience Fund is being initiated to support tuition fees of students facing financial difficulties due to the deadly pandemic, as per officials.

The Fund will be able to help 50-100 students from the college enrolled in different courses, according to an official order.

Criteria and deadline
Stating about the criteria, it said – “The annual income of the family should not exceed ₹5 lakhs p.a. and they need to attach a valid income certificate. Applicants should not be receiving any other scholarship or financial aid that exceeds ₹20,000 from the college or any other agency. Any other achievement that would justify the application”.

All those who wish to apply for the same are required to send in their applications by November 25, the officials specified.
Furthermore, the order stated – “The heads of the departments may scrutinize the applications within the departments and forward genuine cases latest by November 29. All those who wish to avail concession much submit an application for College Bursaries.”

LSR Student’s Suicide 
St Stephen’s Staff Association had written to the principal last week, asking to set up a committee that would help in reaching out to students facing monetary issues.

This step was taken after an LSR college student died of suicide over facing financial issues in managing her studies.
Aishwarya, an IAS aspirant and a student of the prestigious Lady Shri Ram (LSR) College for Women was unfortunately found hanging at house in Telangana’s Reddy district on November 2. In a suicide note, reportedly written by her, the 19 year old confessed that she did not want to burden her parents with her educational expenses, police said.

Also Read: LSR Student Dies With Overbearing Pressure

 

Considering the economic downfall in the country this year because of the pandemic, this is actually a great step in strengthening the hopes of many financially hit families. With the initiation of such movement, hopefully many colleges will come forward in helping their students live a stress-free life in such matters.

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