Tinsukia: Lubul Jugli, a teenager from Arunachal Pradesh, aspired to be a lawyer someday but her class XII results failed her hope. She rather chose to be a ‘dropout’ student.
There are scores of similar stories of students across India, who once lived a dream every day while attending school, but soon turned ‘dropouts’ due to reasons best known to them.
However, Arunachal’s Changlang deputy commissioner Devansh Yadav aims to change that narrative with an innovative initiative.
The initiative, which was launched in January this year, allows for reimbursement of registration fees to the tune of Rs 1,500 per student who wishes to enrol for class 10 and 12 in the National Institute of Open School (NIOS).
The efforts and motivation of entire district administration machinery, combined with the financial support, has meant that as many as 410 students have come back to education and can dare to dream again.
To put this number in perspective, in 2020 a total of 269 students dropped out from class 10 and 12 across Changlang district.
“I learnt about the scheme on social media and instantly made my mind to take readmission to class XII. “At once I felt my lost dream has somehow revived,” Jugli told EastMojo.
Though she sounded a bit uneasy about sharing the exact reasons behind her dropping out, Jugli, whose parents are farmers, said, “I will try to make the most of this opportunity to clear my class XII and take a leave towards my dream career.”
Yadav tweeted, “Thanks to wide publicity by Student groups & NGOs– Over 400 students who had left education after failing/dropping in Class 10th/12th, will now complete their education!!
We reimburse their fees & expenditures!”