A three-member team of the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) on Thursday submitted a representation to the Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs through the office of Governor Brig (Retd) BD Mishra for the early release of pre-and post-matric scholarship for the APST students.
The AAPSU team comprised Vice President (administration) Meje Taku, Convenor Tatung Taga and Education Secretary Prem Tallong.
Informing the Governor about the untold sufferings of the students due to the second wave of COVID-19 and due to the adoption of an online or blended model of education, the AAPSU team said the officials failed to disburse the centrally-sponsored umbrella scholarship for tribal and minority students on time.
Further, students irrespective of classes and streams took the responsibility of purchasing smartphones as was required for online classes.
“This is in addition to the several layers of problems already faced by the students’ community. Under such circumstances, when the scholarships are not released on time, the students are at the receiving end,” the team said.
The students are upset and deeply stressed over the lack of resources for continuing the online classes and the unjustifiable delay in the release of umbrella scholarship has severely affected the beneficiaries, the team said.
The Taku-led AAPSU team met the medical education director and the principal secretary (finance and health) on Wednesday regarding the issue of non-release of stipends for paramedical and nursing students.
While putting forth the grievances of the students, the team urged the state government to release the pending stipend of paramedical and nursing students without any further delay.