Stakeholders of BC welfare schemes involved in the exercise
HYDERABAD: A group of young girls from Sri Sarada Degree College for Women, Ameerpet have conducted a social audit on the process of issuing post-matric scholarships and reimbursement of tuition fee, of B.C. Welfare Department for 141 students of Maharishi Veda Vignana Mahavidyalaya Junior College, Begumpet.
The methodical verification of scholarships, records of students and the college and even the BC Welfare Department, threw up the usual issues, which infest scholarship distribution programme. The 22 girls, who themselves are availing the scholarships, were trained to take up social audit by the Centre for Good Governance at the Dr. MCR HRD Institute.
Inordinate delays in sanctioning of scholarships, acquiring salary or caste certificate from Mandal Revenue Officer, late submission of applications for scholarships by students and sometimes late submission of attendance report by the college, essential to reimburse tuition fee were the broad findings from the social audit. “Earlier, scholarships and reimbursement of tuition fee were affected by embezzlements. To curtail it and to bring in transparency, we have introduced this concept of making the stakeholders take up social audit. Such studies would be taken up at other Government colleges in the near future,” informed Director of BC Welfare Department K. Sunitha.
The girls made sure that the findings of the audit were presented meticulously. They made sure that students, college and department officials explained the reasons for inordinate delays.
“This is the fun in social audits. We get to grill authorities and even students for delays. Centre for Good Governance taught us and gave us skills to take up such a study scientifically,” says T. Ramya, B.Sc second year student from the college.
Another student pointed out that such exercises helped them improve language skills and instilled confidence among them.
“We gained a lot of confidence with this exercise. We were made to present the findings at such a big gathering for the first time. We were tense but it was a learning experience,” said Rahemunnissa Begum, a B.Com first year of the college.