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HT Impact: Raj SC/ST Finance Corporation ready to fund Dalit teen’s IIT dream

Hindustan Times was the first to report on June 15 about Dalit student Dilip Kumar’s financial struggle in his pursuit to get admission in mechanical engineering course at IIT. Kumar, 17, bagged an All India Rank of 128 in the scheduled caste category of the IIT-JEE Advanced 2017, and 7,675 in the general category. His father is a mine worker from Jodhpur’s Khudiyana village.

jaipur Updated: Jun 17, 2017 20:51 IST
Aabshar Quazi
Dalit student Dilip Kumar with his parents.
Dalit student Dilip Kumar with his parents.(HT Photo)


KOTA: The Rajasthan SC & ST Finance & Development Cooperative Corporation has offered educational loan to a poor Dalit student who is facing financial problem in arranging fees for admission in an IIT.

Hindustan Times was the first to report on June 15 about Dalit student Dilip Kumar’s financial struggle in his pursuit to get admission in mechanical engineering course at IIT. Kumar, 17, bagged an All India Rank of 128 in the scheduled caste category of the IIT-JEE Advanced 2017, and 7,675 in the general category. His father is a mine worker from Jodhpur’s Khudiyana village.

After reading the news report, the Corporation’s managing director Dr BL Jatawat approached Hindustan Times to facilitate educational loan for Kumar. Jatawat told HT that the student was informed about education loan. “The Dalit student can take education loan up to Rs 20 lakh which he has to repay after getting a job on completing his education,” he said.

While banks provide educational loan at an average interest rate of 12%, Kumar can avail him loan at interest rate of 4%-to-6% from the Corporation. “We will try to exempt the interest rate and, in that case, he will have to pay only the principal amount,” Jatawat said.

The Corporation also volunteered to provide low-interest loan to Kumar’s father for self employment. “Our prime aim is to see Kumar doesn’t stop from taking admission at IIT due to fund crunch,” he said.

The teenager acknowledged the help extended by the Corporation. He said the counseling for admission would start later this month where he would learn about the admission fees. “However, I have learnt from sources that the admission fees for scheduled caste students at IIT for first year is around Rs 1.25 lakh, which is also reimbursed on completing education. But initially, students have to pay the amount,” he said.

Kumar’s father named Bhagwanaram, 50, is a mine worker in Jodhpur. Bhagwanaram earns around Rs 70,000 a year from his work as a labourer and agriculture. His wife Kamla Devi, 46, works as a National Rural Employment Gaurantee Scheme (NREGS) labourer. The couple has five sons.

The success story began three years ago when Kumar scored 85% marks in Class 10 from RBSE after which a school teacher advised him to take coaching for IIT-JEE from Kota. “My father arranged money for education by taking debts and loans,” Kumar said.