K P Prasanth, is a youth among those 250 students who secured the SC/ST development department’s scholarship in the past 18 months to pursue international education.
While talking to The New Indian Express, K Radhakrishnan said, “We’ve implemented several schemes in the past 50 years for the uplift of SC/ST students. They can compete with other communities only through good education and jobs.”
The minister also said that only 62 students could avail of the abroad education scheme until 2021. However, in the past 18 months, Kerala provided INR 25 lakh with each to 250 students, 15 of whom belonged to ST.
A BCom graduate from Kerala, Prasanth applied for an MBA program at Anglia Ruskin University in the UK and was planning to apply for a study loan when he learnt about the scheme. His father is an ambulance driver and his mother is a nurse. He said, “I’m in the second semester and my course will end by December. Of the Rs 28 lakh course fee, the department gave Rs 25 lakh and my family arranged the rest. It’s an innovative course and I’m confident of landing a job,” he said. He also added that the department supported him and processed his application in just 10 days.
Another student, Neethu Prabhakaran who graduated in engineering in Electronics and Communication in 2017 was preparing for civil services exams. However, she decided to pursue an MSc in Data Analytics at Aston University in the UK. She said that the department processed her application in one month.
“The scholarship has created a lot of enthusiasm among the students and we are getting lots of inquiries. However, some recruitment agencies have started exploiting them. students. We are planning an awareness campaign in the community.” said Tribal development assistant director Y Bipindas.
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