Arunachal IAS Officer Initiated Crowdfunding To Send District Toppers To DU
Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Arunachal initiated crowdfunding on Twitter to send the toppers of remote districts to Delhi University.
Longsam Sapong scored 89.4% in the class 12 board examination but did not have any plans for further studies because of his family's weak financial situation and lack of support.
The crowdfunding initiative helped the 20 years old boy, Longsam Sapong from a village in Bordumsa, Changlang district, and two others like him to pursue their undergraduate studies at Delhi University.
The deputy commissioner of Changlang, Devansh Yadav stated “Despite having 10% of Arunachal’s population, the Tirap, Changlang, and Longding districts have just around 2% representation in the state civil services.”
The level of education and opportunity offered is low and these districts are affected by insurgency, he mentioned.
The lack of proper guidance and financial issues is the reason why even bright students from these districts are not able to pursue higher studies outside their state.
The initiative was started to help such students. Yadav reached out to Bunnem Tangha, an employee of the women and child development department in the state.
She is an alumnus of DU and Yadhav requested her to search for deserving candidates who needed help to pursue their higher studies.
Tangha picked out 6 deserving students out of which three district toppers namely Longsam Sapong (89.4%), Senthung Yanchang (89.2%), and Leecha Haisa (80.6%) were selected.
All three candidates secured admission at Delhi University in Political Science (Hons.) Department with the help of Yadhav and Tangha.
Tangha stated that it was easy to select students but convincing them and their parents to apply to Delhi University was the difficult part.
The two girls, Leecha and Senthung stated that they were worried about the crimes against women in Delhi.
“But I gave them my example and told them how studying in Delhi would help them get more opportunities, which in turn could help their families as well,” Tangha added.
Sapong is from a farming-based family and was planning to join college at Itanagar, capital of Arunachal Pradesh.
Senthung whose mother runs a small grocery store said that she was planning to pursue college at Guwahati. She was scared to go to Delhi because she had read it was not a safe place for girls.
Yadhav arranges for the hostel facility for all the three students to stay. To cover the college fee, the money needed for food and transportation, the crowdfunding initiate was taken on Twitter on October 26, 2020.
Yadhav reported, “We have been able to collect Rs 1.3 lakhs. We will try to help as many students as possible depending on how much money is collected. This initiative will continue in the coming years.”