University Grants Commission (UGC) has instructed all the colleges and universities to look into the matter, identify and resolve the educational shortcomings faced by the SC students.
The higher education regulator University Grants Commission (UGC) has instructed all the colleges and universities to look into the matter, identify and resolve the higher educational shortcomings faced by the SC students. Once the universities are open the center has advised checking upon the higher education issue faced by the SC students.
The Scheduled Castes (SCs) students constitute 14.9% of the higher education students’. According to the official data held by UGC, more than 37 million students are pursuing higher education across different fields. Out of these 5.5 million belongs to the SC community.
The UGC’s letter accompanies the instructions from the Ministries of HRD and social justice and empowerment. The social justice ministry conferred that it is equally important to have special programs for SCs students. Also, it will monitor the use of SC welfare funds.
The UGC said “There shall be specific and direct intervention for the welfare… based on their needs and deprivation and an academic support program may be launched in all higher educational institutions. Under this, the student’s academic deficiencies may be identified through a well-designed test and an academic support program may be devised in accordance with the actual requirement”.
Academic Support Programs for SC Students
The enrolment ratio of students for higher education across the country is around 26.3%. When it comes to SC students it is around 23%. Also, it has been observed that the performance of SC students in competitive exams is little less as compared to that of other backward classes (OBCs) and the unreserved categories.
According to data, among the top 50 candidates of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test in 2019, 43 students belonged to the unreserved category, while only 7 were from OBC.
The UGC has requested the colleges and universities to start special academic support programs spanning from 2-6 months. It will help SC students cope with the educational deficiencies they are facing. And make them academically efficient to compete with other students.
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