Visakhapatnam: A move that is seen to appease the anti–Kapu reservation forces, the state government has now introduced a foreign education sponsorship program for Backward Classes(BC)-NTR students Videshi Vidyadharana Overseas Scholarships.
After Kapu’s eligible youth in the state, Backward Classes students can now approach the state government for a financial grant of Rs 10 lakh to study abroad.
Under the state’s AP Kapu charity and development company ‘Videshi Vidya Deevana‘, 400 students each year who want to pursue courses from recognized universities in foreign countries can benefit.
About 1,000 BC students can benefit from lakh Rs 10 assistance to pursue higher education in foreign countries through the recently introduced scheme. Recently, the state government had issued Rs 52 crore to meet the expenses of the new scheme introduced.
Those belonging to the backward classes objected to Kapus’ request to include them in the list of BCs, citing that Kapus will eat their reservation advantages.
“While we welcome such a program for the benefit of BC students and appreciate it, it is nothing but appeasement because we are strongly opposed to the inclusion of Kapus in the list of BC At the same time, the government should ensure that eligible and deserving students get the benefits of the scheme, “said All India BC Development Front Federation, President of the State, VS Divakar Pakki.
“The post-liberalized economy has created vast opportunities and challenges in education and employment in India and abroad. Students in the BC community are often handicapped because of their extreme backwardness and social stigma in accessing the benefits of pursuing studies abroad. The proposal to introduce the Videshi Vidyadh-arana NTR was examined by the government and financial assistance would be provided to students from BC to study abroad under the BC 2016 sub-plan -17. NTR Videshi Vidyadharana will be sanctioned to 1000 students each year, “said the government’s senior secretary, G. Anantha Ramu in GO No. 29.