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Students glad about cheap loans, but ask if BJP will deliver?

Tuesday, 8 April 2014 - 9:35am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: dna

Students have welcomed the BJP's manifesto owing to the scholarship, student loans and entrepreneurship programs that the party has promised in its manifesto. However, Generation Y remained apprehensive about the fulfillment of these promises.

"Manifestos are important, but implementation is more important. We can only wait and watch if the party that comes to power stands by its promises," IAS aspirant Vikas Kumar told dna.

Delhi University's Meghna Sharan approved of the planned affordable student loans. "If the educational loan is made affordable, it will be a huge relief for students like me who come to Delhi from middle class families in smaller cities. Delhi is an expensive city and we have to cut costs to sustain here," said Sharan, who hails from Jamshedpur. "Setting up a youth Parliament and encouraging entrepreneurship too sounds interesting."

Ahsan-ul-Haque, a student of the capital's Kirorimal College, was the happiest about the scrapping of the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) in DU. "Many students will benefit from this," he told dna.

FYUP was implemented by the UPA government amid much brouhaha from the university's teaching staff and students who criticised the government for wasting students' entire year. BJP's Delhi manifesto has promised to scrap this programme saying its implementation is unnecessary.

Madhulika Sonkar, a post-graduate student of Delhi School of Economic (DSE), said all political parties' manifestos largely carry the same promises. "When we glance at all the manifestos, whether it is AAP's, BJP's or Congress', they promise more or less the same things. What is more important is good governance. Nothing can beat that," said Sonkar, adding that her biggest concern is safety of women.

BJP's manifesto, released on Monday, promises simplified and affordable student loans. It also said it will work for the promotion of sports in the country — much as the Congress' manifesto did. The Congress has also offered to strengthen the implementation of the Right to Education Act.

Speaking on the politics behind contentious issues, such as the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya, students said such agendas work for a certain class of voters and not the entire community. "Ram mandir is not an issue for me. The government should rather concentrate on overall development," said Sonkar.

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