Covid hit last year, universities and schools were forced to shift to a completely online mode of education, with many students being left without the infrastructural support needed to continue their education. Keeping this in mind, MA History students at (JNU) have started a fundraiser for purchasing laptops for the “marginalized” students in their class.
In November last year, a second-year student of Lady Shri Ram College had died by suicide in her Telangana home. In her suicide note, she had written her “education was a burden”. One of the issues, according to her family, was that they were not able to afford a laptop which made her lag in her studies.
The online fundraiser has been aimed at collecting Rs 3.4 lakh for purchasing laptops for 15 students.
“The pandemic rages on, while many students have had little material support as they continue to grapple with online education. Our peers have struggled to read entire books and prepare regular assignments on their smartphones in short periods, and only a bare few have managed to borrow laptops from friends and acquaintances for a limited amount of time,” the students of the Centre for Historical Studies (CHS) have said on Ketto – a fundraising website.
The gathered funds will be allocated in units of Rs 25,000-30,000 (depending on the gross sum of funds) to the concerned students’ bank accounts for them to purchase an optimal yet cheap laptop at their convenience. We will keep a record of their transactions and gather invoices and other soft proof of their purchases for the express purposes of accountability and transparency, the text says.
At the time of filing the report, around Rs 2.76 lakh had been collected. This fundraiser will help students to carry on their studies in an easy way.