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Earn & learn scheme tweaked for ‘equality’ in a Pune college

In a move to give students of all categories an equal opportunity at the varsity’s Earn and Learn scheme, the Savitribai Phule Pune University has decided to do away with its old system of giving full share of stipend to students from reserved categories while giving only 75 per cent for the open category students […]

Written by Alifiya Khan | Pune |
August 28, 2016 2:43:06 am
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar statue at Savitribai Phule Pune University. Express Photo By Pavan Khengre,09.04.16,Pune. Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar statue at Savitribai Phule Pune University. Express Photo By Pavan Khengre,09.04.16,Pune.

In a move to give students of all categories an equal opportunity at the varsity’s Earn and Learn scheme, the Savitribai Phule Pune University has decided to do away with its old system of giving full share of stipend to students from reserved categories while giving only 75 per cent for the open category students for which the colleges had to pay the remainder 25 per cent.

According to the latest decision of varsity officials, a 90-10 scheme will be adopted for the Earn and Learn scheme where the university would pay 90 per cent of stipend amount for all students whereas colleges would have to bear 10 per cent.

According to the previous policy, SPPU would give 100 per cent of the stipend for SC, ST, SBC, VJNT, minority and girl students, 90 per cent for students of colleges in tribal areas and only 75 per cent of stipend amount for the remaining colleges.

Varsity officials say that under the old system, it was noticed that the maximum opportunities under the scheme were being given to students from reserved categories so that colleges did not have to bear share. “Hence, to ensure that an egalitarian approach is adopted and the only criteria remains economically needy students, we decided to do away with the multiple rules for sharing of expenditure. Now, the only criterion is economically backward students in whose cases the varsity will bear 90 per cent of the expenditure, irrespective of gender, caste and so on. This will ensure that needy students get more opportunities,” said Wasudeo Gade, vice-chancellor, SPPU.

A total fund of Rs 5.5 crore is earmarked for the scheme and about 450 colleges affiliated to the varsity avail of it, said Sanjaykumar Dalvi, director of Board of Students Welfare.

A student is paid Rs 30 per hour of work. According to varsity rules, they are allowed to work for a maximum of three hours everyday.

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