Taba Tedir
AAPSU delegation with Arunachal Pradesh education minister Taba Tedir. Image credit - Northeast Now

Arunachal Pradesh education minister Taba Tedir on Monday assured to release the second installment of post-matric scholarship for the students of the state within a week.

The assurance from the education minister came following an appeal from the All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) which called on the former at his office in Itanagar.

The AAPSU team was led by its vice-president Meje Taku and convener Tatung Taga.

“Sensing the untold miseries being faced by the students community, demands were also put forth for immediate release of the scholarship to which the minister acknowledged. As per information received from the education secretary, an amount of 46 crore has been earmarked for the same,” Taku said in a statement later.

Taku said during the call on, the AAPSU also stressed for rationalization of admission and other fee structures in all educational institutions, including the privately owned ones, so that the student community is not over-burdened.

“The union was previously informed about the overcharge in fees by many private institutions, that too, without providing the basic facilities. Regarding this, the education secretary has assured us that the education department will issue the necessary notifications in regards to the fee structures,” Taku said.

The AAPSU, during the meeting also reiterated its demand for calling consultative meetings, carrying out proper assessments and formalizing a standard operating procedure by taking all factors into consideration before reopening schools and other educational institutions.

Installation of hand washing/sanitization points in all schools and other educational institutions were the other demands put forth by the union.

DAMIEN LEPCHA

Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: lepcharaul@gmail.com