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UGC Proposes Earn-while-Learn Scheme for ‘Disadvantaged’ Students Pursuing Higher Education-Education News

Allowing students to work part-time (20 hours per week) while studying to help them earn and enhance employability under an ‘Earn-while-Learn’

Education News India
Education News India

scheme has been proposed as a major intervention to help make higher education institutions more inclusive and safe for the socio-economically disadvantaged groups including SCs, STs, OBCs, religious and linguistic minorities, among others, in the draft guidelines framed for allowing an equitable opportunity for these sections by the University Grants Commission (UGC).The draft titled ‘Guidelines for Equitable Opportunity to the Socio-Economically Disadvantaged Groups (SEDGs) in HEIs’ was put in the public domain to invite feedback from stakeholders by UGC, the higher education regulator, on Wednesday.The proposed guidelines come at a time when a spate of student suicides across higher education institutions including IITs, central universities, IIMs, and NITs, among others have triggered a national debate on the mental well-being of students. Last month, the Lok Sabha was informed that of all the students who ended their lives over the past five years, nearly half of them were those belonging to the SC, ST, and OBC communities.The draft also proposes that institutions must provide relevant bridge and orientation courses for new entrants as well as professional and psychological counselling to these students, who may require help to overcome language barriers or for a smooth transition to hardcore engineering and other professional courses. “Counsellors must ensure the physical, psychological, and emotional well-being of the students,” it says.

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