Arunachal IAS officer starts crowd funding to send students to DU

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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.

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“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.

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“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.

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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.

“But I gave them my example and told them how studying in Delhi would help them get more opportunities, which in turn could help their families as well. I told them about all the pros and cons. Now all of them are excited,” said Tangha, who is an alumna of DU.
Sapong was earlier planning to join a college in Itanagar but is now excited to have secured admission at Delhi College Of Arts and Commerce, DU.
“I was planning to go to Guwahati for studies. I was scared of going to Delhi as I had read that it was not a safe place for women. But Tangha madam convinced me and right now I am looking forward to going there” said Senthung, whose mother runs a small grocery shop in Changland to support the family.
Devansh Yadav, the Arunachal IAS officer was able to arrange for a hostel for their stay in Delhi but launched a crowdfunding drive on Twitter on October 26 to cover their college fees, the money needed for food and transportation costs for their three year study period.

“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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