Published: 27th April 2020
Jadavpur University's Arts Faculty Union asks Mamata Banerjee to renew scholarships, provide financial aid to students
The AFSU also found out how many of them who were in financial distress and decided to help them by raising funds, but is hoping the government will help out those hit by the lockdown
The students of Jadavpur University in Kolkata have requested Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to renew scholarships and provide additional aid for those who are in need of financial assistance because of the lockdown. The Art Faculty Students' Union (AFSU) sent an e-mail to the CM and the concerned officials on Sunday, requesting them to look into the matter.
The AFSU also found out how many of them who were in financial distress and decided to help them. "We requested all the Class Representatives of the Arts faculty to collect the details of their classmates who are facing a financial problem during this lockdown. We conveyed this information to the university and the university was requested to convey the same to the state government so that proper measures can be taken for the welfare of such students," said AFSU Chairperson Teerna Bhattacharya. "We ourselves sent an e-mail to the CM to bring the matter to her attention. We are not only depending on the state government for help but AFSU has decided to come up with the idea of raising fund to help these students and are raising fund for the 202 students who are in distress," she added.
The mail put forward three demands — renewal or continuation of the government schemes like Kanyashree, Aikyashree and merit-cum-means scholarships funded by the state, release funds for those who were unable to submit their renewal forms by verifying their details from last year and provide financial assistance to the 202 students who need help urgently. "Some of the students are entirely dependent on the scholarships for sustenance. We requested the government to collaborate with the university and initiate a special scholarship for those in need. This is in addition to the regular scholarships," said FSU's General Secretary, Shubhayan Acharya Mazumdar.