Delhi University begins its efforts to support students  amid Covid-19

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Days after a student from Lady Shri Ram College committed suicide at her home in Telangana, Delhi University has started making efforts to support students in the middle pandemic. These measures are aimed at ensuring the mental wellness of the students by supporting them, including fee support, internet data cards, and laptops.

This comes after a suicide committed by a student from Lady Shri Ram College, which is affiliated with Delhi University. According to the suicide note left behind by the deceased, poor financial condition was purportedly written as the reason behind her decision to take such an extreme step to end life.

According to Lady Shri Ram College Principal Suman Sharma, the administration has reduced fees for a few courses and is also constituting a committee to support students.

“Given the fact that students are not able to avail certain facilities of the college due to being off-campus, the college has removed such charges from the fees this year. This has led to a substantial reduction in the fee. In addition, it is possible to pay the fee in installments,” she was quoted as saying in media reports.

Internet packs for students

According to Miranda House Principal Bijaylaxmi Nanda, the college is making efforts to facilitate data packs to students. She also said that the college is looking to offer financial support to the student, not only in terms of relaxation in fee but to provide data cards to ensure their presence in online classes.

“As we are all aware, the pandemic has caused great distress in society. There is an increased financial hardship and some of our students are facing genuine difficulties in accessing online classes and paying the fees,” staff association president Nandita Narain was quoted as saying in a media report.

“Some of the faculty members have been receiving requests from students for help with both the payment of fees and also for obtaining devices to attend the online classes. We fear that there are many more students out there who have not yet reached out,” she added.

Scholarships and laptops for students

The Shri Ram College of Commerce has continuously been making efforts to support students. The requests for scholarships and laptops for online classes are continuously being reviewed by the administration in order to help the students in the middle of the pandemic, according to Principal Simrit Kaur.

“There are a few students who had their own devices but there were a few who needed help with laptops, we have tried facilitating each student with the kind of help they needed. We are also providing round-the-clock counselling services to students so that if there is an issue it can be addressed timely,” she was quoted as saying in a media report.