One can only commend University of Pune’s vision in this instance — when a youth pursuing MA (English) from the varsity lost his spectacles during fieldwork, the administration compensated him with Rs 500 from its emergency fund. Many students are not aware of UoP’s emergency financial help scheme, under which a student of any affiliated college can request for financial aid up to Rs 10,000.
“In this particular case, the student was not from a well-to-do family. He lost his glasses when he was on fieldwork inside the campus under the university’s earn-and-learn scheme. Taking into consideration all these aspects, we sanctioned Rs 500 - after the V-C’s authorisation - so he could fix his eyeglasses,” said Dr Pandit Shelke, director, Board of Students’ Welfare, UoP.
When contacted, UoP vice-chancellor Dr WN Gade said, “Every year we reserve specific amount of funds for this scheme and the university does consider cases where students require emergency financial help, especially for medical treatment.”
According to statistics, between July 2012 and Feb 2013, 20 students availed the benefits of the scheme. Till last year theupper limit of the assistance was Rs 5,000. But from the current academic year, a student can claim up to Rs 10,000 under the system.
“A student has to submit an application either through his or her HoD or the principal. Other than that medical bills, hospital discharge cards are documents necessary to determine the authenticity of the case,” added Shelke.