In today’s time, money is of prime importance for anybody; especially for students.
For a student like me who travels 30 odd kilometers every day to reach Jamia, it’s a prime concern.
But in Jamia, I find that students don’t have any opportunity to become self-reliant; there is a lot of red-tape here. Because of this, students here don’t get a chance to work even part time to fulfill their basic needs.
What I believe and most of us will agree with this fact — in Delhi, which is becoming expensive day by day, the students who are totally dependent on their parents feel irritated and dissatisfied because their requirements cannot be fulfilled.
The only solution to this problem is that students should have more money to begin with, but that is not the case. In Delhi, I believe a student’s minimum requirement is Rs.500 per day, which is a very high amount for any student’s parents to afford; but according to the environment in Delhi it is just a penny. A student will only be able to meet his basic needs with this amount.
The problem is: most parents here do not give Rs. 10,000 per month as pocket money to their children. In fact a vast majority of parents don’t give any pocket money at all.
I know that for well-to-do parents Rs 500 per day is a paltry sum, but most of the students in Jamia come from middle class families. So here a student suffers in a big way, as I m suffering and so are many others like me. In my opinion, the average monthly allowance that a student gets from his parents varies between Rs.1,500 to 3,000 normally, so there is a shortfall of 70- 85% between actual expenses and what is required. This makes one wonder how a student manages with this 80% shortfall.
If it is taken in normal economic conditions, such a scenario might lead to recession and ultimately adversely affect the economy. But here the one falling, is not the economy, it’s the young aspiring individual who is unable to fulfill even his basic needs. Also, it leads to greater dependence on bad habits and bad company by the student.
In Jamia, there is no way a student can fill this huge gap of money that should to be provided to him to fulfill his basic needs. Admittedly, Jamia charges reasonable tuition fee, and this is praiseworthy; however, students have various other high expenses which need to be taken care of by the students.
The university, I propose, should establish a system where a student can work and make some money to be able to meet his everyday expenditure. It will benefit the university as well because it will have a large number of students as part of its casual workforce to assist in its proper functioning and hence maintain its reputation as a world-class institution.
In Jamia, we still have to wait hours in queue to deposit our fees, or to get a photocopy done, or even to make a bus pass. If the university takes the help of its students to manage these day-to-day tasks, students will be spared the agony of having to wait for long hours to get simple work done.
Unfortunately, this is not happening, and Jamia is still functioning under the cap of Babuism and red-tape. I request the vice chancellor of Jamia, to take a note of this problem, faced by so many of Jamia’s students, and consider implementing my proposed solution.
[Naveen Kumar Sharma is a postgraduate student in the Department of Commerce and Business Studies. He can be reached via email at: neo.abm[at]gmail.com]