Tuesday, April 26, 2011

One more pathetic fellowship program for Dalit students!! Re: [ZESTCaste] Fwd: Scholarships for dalit university fellows: please spread the word

Whoever formulated this scholarship idea are either ignorant (if honest) of
basic facts about Dalits and Higher Education or downright NGO-type business
people planning to eat money with ineffective programs (if they are not).
These semi-literates want to work in the area of Higher Education and those
who cannot compose a decent announcement want to organize an intense writing
program for Dalit students along side their university or professional

Why this below-25 age condition? This age condition is one that prevents
most of our Dalit students applying for most of the scholarships,
particularly for studying abroad. Given the peculiar information deprivation
of the students from state universities and rural institutions, by the time
our students get to know about scholarships and grasp the intricacies of
applying for scholarships, they are over-aged already.

One small essay in most of the English dailies is enough to fetch 2000/- or
more. This organization wants to give the same amount for two to four
articles per month!! On top of that, the beneficiary has to attend not only
NAD's workshops but also those directed by it. One hopes Dalit students
don't have to borrow more than 2000/- per month to fulfill these

Thank god, they didn't ask for "consistent good academic record" and first
class from SSC onward and such shit.

See this: "write 2-4 articles every month on "different aspect of "Dalit and
education-Primary and Higher" around the world specially focus to South

Oh, even as these students are busy pursuing their studies with NAD
scholarship, they have to reflect and write nearly every week a new article
on Dalits and education!

Either these NAD guys are not serious about their aims or will force their
beneficiaries into some sort of slave labor of letters.

And, do the NAD people, offering this paltry 2,000/-per month, which barely
covers your mess charges, know what they are talking about? How this money
is going to ensure "high quality professional education" for Dalits? If you
studied in your childhood with less money, then open your eyes to today's
campuses and realize that nobody can do an MBA or M.Tech with your alms.

This seems to be caricature extreme of what NGOs do and think and how they
really see Dalit students as beggars and also speak a bombastic language.

If NAD people are serious about helping Dalit students with some financial
help it is a good thing, however uninformed NAD is about relevant matters
such as monthly expenses of a university student or quality of higher
education. But, asking for the impossible and then either trying to
implement it strictly or not taking it seriously, bad for both the students
and NDA. And, going by the quality of this announcement, if these people
monitor the essay/paper writing of these students, it would be a disaster.

On 26 April 2011 17:31, Siddhartha Kumar <mailsiddhartha.k@gmail.com> wrote:

> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Aswathy Senan <aswathypsenan@gmail.com>
> Date: 6 April 2011 11:18
> Subject: Scholarships for dalit university fellows: please spread the word
> To:
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: National Academy for Dalit <nafordalit@gmail.com>
> Dear All,
> Greeting from NAD,
> NAD Invites application for University Fellow see below for detail.
> You are requested to circulate it.
> About organization
> National Academy for Dalit (NAD) is a voluntary organization started
> by diversified field of young professional in the year 2008. Its main
> objective is to provide the high quality professional education to the
> Dalit students.
> Profile: University Fellow
> No of Position: one in each state of India.
> Duration: Two year
> Stipend: Every University Fellow will receive Rs 2,000 per Month for two
> years
> Role and responsibility
> The University Fellow will have to write 2-4 articles every month on
> different aspect of "Dalit and education-Primary and Higher" around
> the world specially focus to South Asia (Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh,
> Pakistan, Sri lanka, Maldives, Afghanistan). He may be asked to attain
> the workshop, seminar organized by NAD or directed by NAD.
> Eligibility
> 1. University Fellow must be from Dalit community.
> 2. University Fellow Must be Completed or appeared in Bachelor degree
> from any stream by 2011.
> 3. University Fellow must take admission in PG/MA/MBA/M.Tech any
> stream in any Indian university in coming session 2011-12.
> 4. University Fellow must be below 25 year.
> 5. University Fellow Articulate and ability to write in any Indian
> language (Preferably Hindi and English)
> 6. Understanding of dalit issue is desirable.
> Selection Process
> Candidates will be screened on the basis of their 1 page write-up i.e
> max 1000 words and resume for telephonic interview followed by
> personal interview.
> How to apply
> Interested Candidate send us their resume along with one page write-up
> at hr.nafordalit@gmail.com on or before 1st June 2011. Women
> candidates are encouraged to apply.
> --
> National Academy for Dalit
> Email: nafordalit@gmail.com
> http://nationalacademyfordalit.blogspot.com/
> --
> Thanks & Regards
> Sikander Kushwaha
> Email: sikanderkush@gmail.com


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