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Earn and learn student welfare scheme to take care of SPPU’s stationery needs

The much famed, ‘earn and learn’ scheme of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), meant to further student welfare, is about to include a few positive changes for the students.

pune Updated: Dec 12, 2017 16:09 IST
Ananya Barua
Ananya Barua
Hindustan Times, Pune
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SPPU main building in Pune.(HT File Photo)

The much famed, ‘earn and learn’ scheme of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), meant to further student welfare, is about to include a few positive changes for the students. As per the officials of the Board of Students' Development, a number of changes over various student welfare schemes are underway. One of those changes involves the inclusion of manufacture of stationery needed by the university administration.

Under this scheme, interested students are provided with the opportunity to work and enhance their skills, in the field that will contribute to their respective areas of study, official, technical and field work.

"Basically, the entire scheme is being reviewed to be relevant. To do so, we are concentrating more on the implementationpart that will benefit the students with the changing trends and times. Further, to make this possible for the scheme, we are trying to procure funds from theRashtriya Uchatar Shiksha (RUSA),” said Prabhakar Desai, director of the board.

A total budget of Rs.45 crore has been proposed to RUSA, under the new scheme, which will entail not only field work, but also skill-related work, Desai informed.

“Optimum use of resources is the aim while generating these set of skills. So, stationery used by the university administration, for instance, can be easily manufactured by the students here, and for that, we have proposed to conduct almost 10 workshops that involves training the interested students in producing daily use objects,” he added.

“Currently the students earn Rs.35 per hour under this scheme for the work they do. However, a number of aspects are being reviewed, which includes making them earn close to Rs.45 per hour,” Desaiadded. Other changes under the scheme include screen printing jobs, production of stationery and so on.

The scheme involves the students, interested to join, to fill an application form. This form will then be scrutinised by a committee and a list of students will be formulated. This list is then to be sent to the director, board of students’ welfare, either on or prior to the date - September 15 of every year.

The participation of the students is subject to the condition that the affiliated college or institution has been permitted by the varsityto undertake the scheme. Currently, both post-graduate and under-graduate level students can undertake the initiative, however, those on the university campus are post-graduate students, while those from the affiliated colleges and institutions are under-graduate students.

The division of the work is done keeping in mind that equal opportunity is provided to the students, with 800 per cent of technical work and the remaining 20 per cent of field work.Students involved in office work are to be involved at the library or any other office of the college or institution.

First Published: Dec 12, 2017 16:07 IST