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A crowdfunding initiative by an Indian Administrative Service officer has helped three students from Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh, to pursue their undergraduate studies at Delhi University.
Longsam Sapong, a 20-year-old student has scored 89.4%, Senthung Yangchang has scored 89.2% and Leecha Haisa has scored 80.6%
With help from the Deputy Commissioner of Changlang, Devansh Yadav and an employee of the women and child development department in their state, Bunnem Tangha, the students have been able to secure admissions in Delhi University where all three would pursue Political Science (Hons).
Yadav stated that “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.”
“Bright students from these districts cannot pursue their studies outside the state for lack of proper guidance and financial issues. Therefore, we started this initiative,” he added.
Tangha found six students of which three were district toppers, but to convince them and their family to apply to Delhi University was difficult, as many were worried about the ongoing violence against women in the national capital.
A crowdfunding drive was launched on October 26 on Twitter to help cover their college fees and to cover the money needed for food and transportation for them.
“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 coming years,” said Yadav.