Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday urged Delhiites to step up
and offer financial support to bright underprivileged students in the
city’s government schools.
Addressing a press conference, the CM
said a city-based family has decided to bear the cost of education of
Vijay Kumar, who is now a student of IIT-Delhi. Kumar (16) cleared his
Class 12 from a government school this year and had availed the IIT-JEE
free coaching scheme offered by the city administration.
have already heard of Vijay’s achievements. He had availed the Delhi
government’s ‘Jai Bhim Mukhyamantri Pratibha Vikas Yojana’ which is a
free coaching scheme for aspiring students like him, who dream big but
do not have resources. After hearing about Vijay’s case, Varun Gandhi
and his family decided to fund his education at IIT-Delhi. Their gesture
will inspire others to contribute to society too,” Kejriwal, who
himself is an IIT graduate, said at a press conference.
mother is a homemaker and father is a tailor. “Instead of donating money
to a temple, making a talented kid realise his dream of IIT is a much
bigger service to god. I urge people who can afford to volunteer for
such deeds,” Kejriwal said.
Varun Gandhi, a businessman, who was
accompanied by his mother, said his family has always valued education
and celebrated excellence. “We have our own business and instead of
running after brands, we choose to support those who have potential. My
brother and I have been toppers of Delhi Univeristy’s Sri Ram College of
Commerce (SRCC). Prior to this, we have offered electric wheelchairs to
the differently abled students in SRCC and also financed the coaching
of an IAS aspirant,” said Gandhi.
Social welfare minister
Rajendra Pal Gautam also pledged to pay for the tuition fees of
20-year-old Shashi who got admission in Lady Hardinge College after
availing the free coaching scheme of the Delhi government.
by the success of its ‘Jai Bhim Mukhyamantri Pratibha Vikas Yojana’,
the AAP government had earlier decided to extend it to needy students
from general category and other backward classes. Thirty-five
underprivileged students, who got free coaching under the scheme, had
cracked the JEE Main and NEET examination this year.
Five of them secured admissions to leading technical and medical institutions such as Lady Hardinge College, IIT-Delhi, Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, National Institute of Technology Delhi and Banaras Hindu University.