The 18-year-old’s father had recently passed away and her mother had also taken ill, which made it impossible for the girl to pay her fee.
It is a well-known fact that countless students from across the country aspire to join Delhi University (DU), but only a select few successfully sieve through all the procedures including eligibility, cut-off lists and fee payment, to finally make it to an institution of their choice.
For many youngsters, the lack of sufficient financial support often acts an impediment to their academic dreams, and they have no choice but to abandon them.
We are all familiar with the above scenario, but how often have any of us come across a situation when a college administration decided to provide aid to a student when her financial predicament was becoming a serious obstacle to her higher education?
An 18-year-old girl had clinched a seat for the undergraduate programme at Bharati College (affiliated to the DU) but was in a very tragic situation.
Her father had passed away recently, while her mother, who worked as a vegetable seller to make ends meet, had taken ill. There was no way that she could pay her college fees.
Upon finding out about her dilemma, it was the Principal of the college who spoke to all the staff members about pooling money for the young girl, and everyone readily agreed to pitch in. The girl’s mother was summoned to the college, only to be told, “We are there to help. Please don’t stop your daughter’s education.”
The incident came to the fore when Nandini Sen, a professor at the college, posted the entire episode on Facebook, and the post has now gone viral.
It is quite heartwarming to see how the college administration went the extra mile to help a student, and we hope more colleges across the country take the step forward to assist students in need.
You can read Professor Sen’s entire post here:
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)