I am a small town girl.

I am a NLUite. My mother is an Aanganbaadi Sewika and my father is a businessman. My parents barely earn rupees 20,000 a month.  They any how manage to cope up with my expenses. Numerous students across the nation have their stories similar to this one. The problem which now lies is not expenditures, but expenditure in education.

The role of government or, an administering body is to ensure the maximum welfare of its population. Now, when we are in an era where education is a need from which we cannot avoid; we need a security in education. Undoubtedly, various schemes run throughout the country which makes education possible to everyone at the school level. Also the Central Universities, maintain a low fees for its students. But, when we come to premier institutions like IITs, NLUs, NIFTs and IIMs, what scares us is the fee structure. This fee structure demands for more and more, and obviously the supply is made.

The Supreme Court of India has cleared a ruling according to which the professional colleges across the nation will observe a fee hike. Consequently, this year there was a 48% fee hike in NIFT and the fee structure at IIT climbed to 90,000 per annum. Some other colleges also observed a hike of 40-50%. Now, this has put a burden equally on the students and their guardians. Both equally face the pressure, i.e., the students to procure a job and the guardians to pay the costs.

In the recent years, the banks have become the saviors in such situations. They offer easy bank loans and ask for repayments only after the completion of the course. But for the repayment, we need a job. Do we have a job security in this nation? A nation is facing the problem of unemployment and, its banks are giving away education loans on the consideration of a promise that they will get employed; this situation in itself is peculiar and contradictory.

In a country where lakhs of crores get wasted in scams, where millions are smuggled and billions bribed; money by default can be termed as worthless. And thus, for those it is not; get rid of their dreams. Had I seen the fee structure before appearing for CLAT exam, I would have never appeared for the same! Our leaders spend lavishly for their travel and luxury. They themselves maintain their criticism by their unethical, immoral and corrupt acts.

The Supreme Court in its landmark judgement has stricken a provision of the Representation of the People Act 1951 (‘RPA’) that sought to protect convicted MPs, MLAs or MLCs from being disqualified if they appealed their conviction in a higher court or filed a revision application. Hopefully, with reference to this, in the long run, more scams will be discovered, only few will be accomplished in future and, finally, the ruling party will be have more to give away for education in their budget. We need this, because “KITAB-COPY, PEN-PENCIL SAB MEHNGA HAI, MEHNGAAI BAHUT BADI PROBLEM HAI”.

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