According to a report by Hindustan Times, a crowdfunding initiative by an Arunachal IAS officer has helped three students from the state to secure admission in Delhi University (DU).
One of them is Longsam Sapong, resident of a village in Bordumsa in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh. He scored 89.4% in his Class 12 board exams but had no big goal for his undergraduate education due to his family’s financial status.
“Despite having 10% of Arunachal’s population, the Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts have just around 2% representation in the state civil services. These districts are insurgency affected and level of education and opportunities is lower,” said Devansh Yadav, deputy commissioner, Changlang.
“Bright students from these districts are not able to pursue their studies outside the state due to lack of proper guidance and financial issues. Therefore, we decided to start this initiative,” he added.
Deputy Commissioner Yadav got in touch with Bunnem Tangha, an employee of the women and child development department who would help him find deserving candidates who needed help to pursue higher studies.
Their search finally ended when they found Longsam Sapong (89.4%), Senthung Yangchang (89.2%) and Leecha Haisa (80.6%), who were district toppers. The three of them will pursue Political Science Hons from DU with Yadav and Tangha’s help.
“It was easy to find the students, but difficult to convince them and their parents to apply to DU. The two girls-Leecha and Senthung-were worried about crimes against women in the national capital,” said Tangha.
“We have been able to collect Rs 1.3 lakhs. We will try to help as many students as possible depending on how much money is collected. This initiative will continue in the coming years,” said Yadav.
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