MSU is facing a crisis of confidence as thousands of its students continue to fall behind on their tuition, forcing the university to set up a scholarship program to fill the gap.
The number of unigenerational students in the country has declined to about 60,000, a number that has doubled over the past decade.
MSU’s scholarship program has been set up by the Indian Council of Educational Research, or ICER, which has pledged a minimum of $10 million to cover the costs of the program.
The university has not yet announced the amount it is paying for the scholarship program, but the university’s president, Jayant Sinha, told the Associated Press last week that it will come in the form of a cash award.
The program, to be administered by the University of Kerala, is meant to help students in their late teens and early 20s who are at risk of falling behind on tuition and living in poverty, according to a press release by MSU.
The student, who has not been identified, said the scholarship would provide financial assistance to them for three years.
She said she was considering taking up other jobs, but had been unable to secure a job and would like to return to her studies.
While Sinha has announced a cash scholarship for the students, a report released last month by the National Council of Applied Economic Research, a government think-tank, found that the government is spending just over $100 million a year to help the poorest students in India.
“A lot of people have become educated in this country and that has made a lot of students who have gone back to school unable to take the next step,” said Abhishek Das, a doctoral candidate at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, who co-authored the report.
“But we need to take care of the students who are stuck and are unable to pay back their debt and the students with no money.”
The Indian government has promised to spend about $7.2 billion on education by 2020, a plan that has already come under fire from opposition lawmakers who say it will leave more than 3 million children behind.
While the government has been generous in helping the poorest, it has been stingy with cash.
Last year, the Indian government said it would spend $2 billion over five years to help rural students in need.
But it only pledged $1.2 million.
Last month, a petition signed by more than 300,000 people called on the government to help provide grants to unigeners to fund a program to help poorer students.
“If there is a need for this program, it is needed,” the petition read.
“It is a national issue.
If we do not help the students of this country, then they will not be able to graduate.”
According to the report, the student has enrolled in the college, and hopes to complete her studies and move on to the next stage of her education.
“My goal is to take a job as a saleswoman.
If there is no job, I will get married and start my family,” she said.”
I would like the government or the university of Kerala to fund this program and help my parents to pay for it.
If the government cannot, we would like a solution.”