The St Stephen’s College’s staff association has written to the Principal asking for setting up of a committee that will reach out to students who require financial aid. The move has been governed by the death by suicide of a student of the Lady Shri Ram college who was allegedly struggling with financial constraints in order to be able to continue her studies.
The Letter to the Principal
Staff Association President Nandita Narain wrote in the letter requesting the Principal to set up a committee that comprises of the heads of all 11 courses taught in the college. The committee said Narain will consider the needs of students for financial aid and disburse all scholarships, financial aid and bursaries on an urgent basis.
Narain wrote in the letter that the pandemic has caused great distress in the society and some students are facing genuine financial hardship even in paying the fees and accessing online classes. She said that some of the faculty members have also received requests from students to help them with fee payment as well as with obtaining the necessary devices to attend classes online. She also added that there is a concern that there are many more students who haven’t reached out as yet.
She added that some students will need help with devices that will allow them to attend classes and help them appear in the exams. She said that the University of Delhi had sent a large number of laptops to each college to be used by the students and the faculty. She said that if some of these laptops are still functional, they can be provided to the students in need. The Staff Association President, in her letter, requested for the college administration to reach out to students and let them know that these devices are available for use.
As per the letter, the association suggested for the issue of a notification on the official website of the college, inviting applications from the students interested, and the committee of heads. She added on the basis of the applications received, the committee can decide on the disbursal of aids.