Suryapet: As financial assistance under Overseas Education Scheme was denied, Malothu Indu, who is pursuing MBBS in the Philippines, left helpless.
Malothu Krishna Naik, an agricultural labour and resident of Goal thanda of Kodad mandal in Suryapet, sent his daughter to the Philippines expecting she could get financial assistance under the scheme to meet the expenditure of the course and others. Indu secured over 90 per cent marks in SSC and Intermediate.
On the advice of a doctor, who completed MBBS in Philippines University under the scheme a few years ago, Krishna Naik sent his daughter there.
But, the Tribal Welfare Department denied the assistance saying the scheme would not cover MBBS course in Philippines universities.
As admission into the MBBS course was finalised at an interview by the foreign university at New Delhi, she did not even attend the medicine entrance test, which would be conducted by the State government.
Speaking to Telangana Today, Krishna Naik, who is doing rounds around the tribal welfare office in Hyderabad requesting for help, said some persons had told him that the application should be submitted for the scheme by furnishing the admission letter issued by the foreign university and hence he had joined his daughter in CEBU Doctors University at Mandaue in the Philippines in 2017.
“When I approached the Tribal Welfare Department officials, along with the admission card and other certificates, they told me that only MD courses would be covered in Philippines colleges under the scheme,” he said.
He said he gathered Rs 7 lakh by selling cattle, land and borrowing money from others for sending his daughter and for paying the fee of Bio-Biology course, which is one and half year course as a part of MBBS course in the Philippines.
With a strong desire to continue her course, the tribal student joined MBBS course in another college, Gullas College of Medicine, University of Visayas, Philippines, as the fee was less than the other college. The management of the college is not allowing her to attend the classes as she could not pay first semester fee of Rs 1.5 lakh.
Her father has no other options expect to request the Tribal Welfare Department for the scheme as no other property was left with him. His residence at his native place is also under the mortgage of the lenders.
He said the total expenditure for completing the course would be Rs 45 lakh and he had spent almost all Rs 10 lakh so far.
He appealed to Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao and IT Minister KT Rama Rao to provide financial assistance to his daughter under the scheme.
The State government has been extending Rs 20 lakh to ST students to pursue higher education abroad under Overseas Education Scheme.