Earn & Learn Scheme
The main objective of the scheme is to develop a student as a multifaceted personality with academic excellence and a commitment to an egalitarian society. India lives in her villages and to bridge the gap between rural Bharat and urban India, this scheme is basically undertaken for the benefit of students coming from the rural areas, who are economically backward, intelligent, and meritorious but cannot afford higher education, needy and financially hard pressed. It inculcates in the student the idea that no work is big or small and develops a work culture with the right aptitude. It is now been announced by Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune that the scheme should be flexible to give work to those who demand it. This is a vision of keeping our youth gainfully employed as well as to contribute from civil society. This is a paradigm shift in the way we see higher education. This will make higher education accessible and available to the poor, meritorious and the marginalized.
The scheme is at present being undertaken at the post-graduate level on the university campus as well as at the graduate level in the affiliated colleges and recognized institutions under the jurisdiction of the Savitribai Phule Pune University. Financial assistance to the extent of fifty percent of the expenditure incurred by the Institute is reimbursed to the concerned on submitting the necessary papers to the Director, Board of Students’ Welfare. Under this scheme those students who are interested in joining are to fill the necessary application form, which is then scrutinized by an appropriate committee. The list of students who have been finally enrolled in the scheme are to be sent to the Director, Board of Students’ Welfare on or before 15th September every year, subject to the condition that the institution has been given permission to undertake the scheme. The students enrolled under the scheme are given the following types of work namely-That increase their skills in areas of their study, office work, technical work and field work. However when the distribution of work is given it is seen that all students get equal opportunity to get all different kinds of work and that each student gets eighty percent of technical work and twenty percent of fieldwork. Office work includes working at the Library or any other office of the institute.
Technical work includes:
Knowledge of computers, office machines such as photocopying etc. or even working at a telephone booth, while field work includes working in the garden, looking after newly planted trees, play grounds, cleanliness of the campus etc. Each student is expected to work for three hours daily.
Students working under this scheme are paid an honorarium of Rs.30 per hour as per the revised rates. Payment is made as per the attendance sheet, which is to be maintained by the institute. The students are requested to open a bank account at their respective places and cheques make payments. At the end of the year the respective institute/college is requested to submit the annual accounts for the scheme when the central audit scheme is undertaken.
Prof. S.D. Devkhile (9423165809) is working as the Coordinator of Earn & Learn Scheme in the institute. 20 economically weaker students are selected from each department including first year for the Earn & Learn scheme and various responsibilities are assigned to them.