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Koushik Dutta, Hindustan Times
Lalgarh, August 05, 2013
Despite having bagged a coveted seat at Visva Bharati University, Aparesh Pal of Balita village in Lalgarh simply has no clue how to mobilise the requisite funds to take admission in the B.Fine (Arts/Sculpture) course at the varsity. Born to a humble household, his parents don’t make enough money to support his bid to take a course in fine arts from Visva Bharati.

While desperately short on funds to foot the expenses for admission, Pal also doesn’t know how to mobilise enough funds to continue his studies there, should he get in.

“I need about R10,000 to take admission in the course and another R4,000 per month to continue my studies there. I had long dream to fa chance to study at Visva Bharati and now that I have one, I simply don’t have enough money to get in,” Pal told HT.

Son of a poor farmer, Aparesh cleared the higher secondary examination from the Sebayatan High School near Jhargram and went on to complete his graduation from the Kharagpur College last year.

Blessed with a knack for art from his boyhood days, he had been into painting from his early years and nurtured a latent dream to pursue a career in fine arts in later years.

He found himself an art teacher to guide him on during his time at Kharagpur to pursue graduation. Long sessions with Dhiman Pal, his art teacher, helped fine tune his painting skills and fueled his dream to pursue a course at Visva Bharati.

After completing graduation, Pal applied for admission at the varsity and also cleared the mandatory admission test. However, he has now been faced with the onerous task of raising the requisite funds by August 6, the last date for taking admission to the course.

“I want my son to study at Visva Bharati. But I am a poor farmer and make barely enough to run my household. I simply don’t have a clue how to raise the money for his education,” Pritwish Pal, his father, told HT.