The Kapu youths are flying high in Andhra Pradesh as the government introducing a foreign education scheme known as ‘Videshi Vidya Deevena’ for eligible youths from the community
The stir was likened to the Pateldar agitation in Gujarat.
Visakhapatnam: The Kapu youths are flying high in Andhra Pradesh as the government introducing a foreign education scheme known as ‘Videshi Vidya Deevena’ for eligible youths from the community.Often considered a progressive community, Kapus had in recent times hit the streets demanding the reservations in jobs & educational institutions on the lines of certain marginal classes.
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The stir was likened to a Pateldar agitation in Gujarat. Patels too are seen in progressive & affluent. Call it the government’s attempt to encourage agitated in Kapu youths or to diffuse the agitation, the government recently has introduced the foreign education scheme exclusively for the Kapus.
Under this scheme, 160 youngsters were selected so far & they will be provided with Rs 10 lakh each for the foreign education. They will also be eligible for Rs 5-lakh education loan from the nationalized banks as recommended by the newly-formed Kapu Corporation.
Under the Andhra Pradesh State Kapu Welfare & Development Corporation Limited scheme Videshi Vidya Deevana, 400 students who want to pursue the courses from a recognized universities in the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, Singapore, Sweden, New Zealand the Netherlands, France, Russia, the Philippines, Denmark, Kazakhstan & China, will be considered for these scheme annually. The offer for the Philippines, Kazakhstan & China is for the medical students. The scheme is open to the Kapu, Balija, Telaga & Ontario students from the economically weak families.
The annual income of an eligible candidate’s family must be `6 lakh or below. Though, the new foreign education scheme, which is a first of its kind in the state for a community or caste, have not found the favor with other communities.
“Foreign education is not an easy affair. If it’s the US, one needs to spend more than the Rs 25 lakh to pursue PG. And when a family is ready to bear the remaining expenses, which come to more than Rs 20 lakh after a government sponsors Rs 10 lakh, how can they be called marginal class? Such scheme should also be extended to the other eligible backward classes, SCs, especially for Tribals. I see the scheme as a bait to diffuse a Kapu reservation stir & a part of the vote bank politics by ruling party,” said All- India BC Development Front Federation state president V.S. Divakar Pakki.