Padho Pardesh was introduced by BJP's Minority Ministry to provide subsidy to minority students who undertake overseas education. However, a detailed analysis tells us that the real minority groups who face an existential crisis and those who are heavily outnumbered by other minority groups have been grossly under-represented in this scheme. Shockingly, the chunk of the benefits in all 3 years went to minority groups from Non BJP ruled states, especially states like Kerala where the ruling party hates anything even remotely Hindu. North Eastern States were ignored as always.
Just like other Minority Development Schemes, Parsi, Buddhist, Sikh and Jain students hardly benefitted from Padho Pardes. Maximum Students from Non BJP ruled states like Kerala and Karnataka dominate the recipient list . To worsen things, minority students from the North Eastern States have received negligible representation. There is no clarity over how many students applied and who is responsible for the rejections or selections.
Should one assume that only students from Kerala and Karnataka and other Non BJP ruled states applied for overseas education in the last 3 years? If that premise is wrong, who promoted these "Not so Minority" minority groups, so much that the real minorities hardly have any representation?
Its high time that BJP put an end to the ambiguity. Undue advantages have been taken by only specific minorities especially from states ruled by opposition parties. Communities, Christians and Muslims who accuse accuse Hindus of indulging in Hyper Nationalist Whataboutism are squeezing maximum benefits from this Minority Scheme.
(Given the fact that any minority student who obtained admission abroad could have applied for the subsidy, the statistics paint a strikingly different picture. If the representations made in the analysis occurred naturally, then it means that
a) Only Minority Students from Kerala and Karnataka were interested in Higher Education
b) Only Minority Students from the aforesaid states were intelligent enough to get an admission abroad)
Both the assumptions are self-defeating and as vague as an obsolete argument)
Therefore, the Minority Commission must declare what is the selection criteria and give an explanation for the extremely poor representation of Buddhist and Parsi Students. Most of the Students are from Communist and Congress Led States of Kerala and Karnataka.The Representation from North Eastern States is Abysmally Low and Next to Zero!!
Courses covered by Padho Pardesh: (Applicable to any International University/ College/ B-School)
Petro Chemical Engineering
Arts/Commerce/ Life Science
Imaging System Technology
Energy Storage Engineering
Eligibility Criteria :
No Cut Off Marks/Percentage has been mentioned in the Website.
This clearly means any minority student who has obtained an admission abroad and below the Income Limit of Lakhs P.A is eligible for Subsidy. However Mainstream Media channels tried to project the scheme as a Merit Based and that 60% was the Minimum Criteria. That may or may not be true.
Padho Pardesh Scheme : Performance for 3 Academic Years
2016-17 : 2 Batches of 103, 624 students
2015-16: 3 Batches of 45, 264 and 506 students respectively
2014-15: 2 Batches of 27 and 546 students respectively
Plus some additional batch wise allocations
ACADEMIC YEAR 2016-17
Out of 103 Minority Student who were granted subsidies
Muslims & Christians
State Wise Distribution of Allotments for Academic Year 2016-17
Thus not single Buddhist student was given Scholarship under Padho Pardesh according to 2016-17. Muslims and Christians were gifted 88% of allotments. 49 of these remaining students are from Pinarayi and Indian Muslim League Ruled Communist Kerala. 7 students are from Karnataka and some from Telangana. They cannot respect Majoritarian Sentiments but rely on Majoritarian Tax-Money to send predominantly communist students to International Universities
ACADEMIC YEAR 2015-16
Out of a batch of 624 Students from 2015-16, the following is the religion wise distribution of scholarship allocation:
Muslims & Christians
Thus, 502 out of 624 Students were Christians and Muslims. No Buddhist Student was selected and only a Single Parsi Student receives Scholarship.
Geographic Distribution :
NOT EVEN A SINGLE STUDENT FROM NORTH EAST
21 Students were from Jammu & Kashmir (No Hindus)
40 Students were from Owaisi's Telangana ( All Muslims) ( Owaisi Stronghold)
55 Students were from Congress Ruled Karnataka ( Most of them Christians)
240 Students from Kerala ( Communist Stronghold)
Is it mere coincidence that if you get Baptized, Karnataka Government provides subsidy?
ACADEMIC YEAR 2015-16
Out of a batch of 45 Students sent Abroad ,
23 Students were from Congress ruled Karnataka
ZERO Buddhist Students
Zero Students from the NORTH EAST
Out of yet another batch of 264 Chosen Applications ,
Representation from North East is Next to Zero
Christians & Muslims
(However, students Fawaz, Jitin Jacob and Syed Khwaja Moinuddin got admitted via Parsi Quotas)
Demographic Distribution :
Entire North East
Academic Year 2014-15
BATCH 1 :
25 out of 27 Selected Students out of the First Listed Batch of 27 Students by Minority Ministry are Christians from Communist Kerala
ZERO Parsis or Jains
ZERO Students from North East
From the next batch of 506 applicants selected by the Minority ministry ,
Only 5 Parsi Students (0.99 %) were Selected
3 Students ( 0.59 %) students from North East were given subsidies
Only 3 Buddhist Students (0.51%) were Selected by the Minority Ministry
On the other hand, 89 Students ( 18%) were from Congress Led Karnataka &
274 ( 54.15%) were Muslim and Christian Students from Communist Kerala alone.
Why were students from congress and communist ruled states favoured?
Do these Trends convey a Message?
All Students are equally gifted with intelligence. But the opportunities provided to them plays a great role in shaping up their Future.
1) Are Students from North East not equally gifted with Intelligence?
2) Are only Students from Kerala, Karnataka, Kashmir and Telangana Brilliant enough to pursue Masters at Global Universities?
3) Why Gross Under Representation of Parsis and Buddhists ?
4) Shouldn't there be uniformity in the benefits distributed ?
5) Who will help Poor Hindus from Open Category in pursuing Studies Abroad?
Academic Year 2014-15
Out of yet another batch of 546 students
Except 10 Buddhists, 28, 2 Parsis and 92 sikhs, all remaining 414 students who were given scholarship subsidies are Muslims and Christians. Out of those 414, 227 Students were from Communist Kerala alone. Whereas only 11 students from North Eastern States were selected (But even 4 out of those 11 students were muslims)
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