The Tata Institute of Social Sciences Alumni Association (TISSAA) has launched a crowdsourcingproject to raise Rs 3.5 crore for 566 students who have been found eligible for receiving post-matric scholarships.
The student agitation intensified on Tuesday after they blocked the administrative block in Mumbai to force the registrar to travel to the Hyderabad campus and speak to those who were on hunger strike there.
TISSAA’s alumni portal saw many of its former students express their wish to extend financial assistance; there was an outpouring of support on social media too.
“We want to raise funds to ensure that the two batches of students who are eligible for the GOI post-matric scholarship don’t suffer. This will be offered to TISS as loan and once the government releases funds, the loan can be repaid,” said TISSAA general secretary Nitin Lata Waman.
The initiative—TISSianBoundByACause—will be launched soon and old students, who have been mapped by the university on tissaa.tiss.edu, have all been reached out to for the purpose. “This will be a sustainable financial scheme and as an institute we don’t want anyone to suffer,” added Waman.