Chandran, who comes from a tribal household in a small village on the Bargur Hills, lastly earned his admission to his dream course in agriculture after a three-year wait.


U. Chandran was born in an impoverished tribal household with ten siblings in a rural portion of Tamil Nadu’s Bargur Hills in Erode district, and all he desired after graduating from highschool was to pursue his objective of learning agriculture or veterinary science.

Chandran stayed in a Tribal Welfare Department-run hostel after acquiring his education by the National Child Labour Project (NCLP) for a couple of years to complete his board examinations for sophistication 12 by specialising within the vocational stream — Agricultural Practices — in 2019.

Against All Odds

Despite receiving a 98 % in his core topics and a 74% total in his twelfth board exams, Chandran was denied admission to the programs of his selection because of systemic disparity within the admission processes of Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) and Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS) in the direction of candidates from vocational streams.

According to The Hindu, TANUVAS’ seat arithmetic didn’t enable for the reservation of a single seat for a scholar from the tribal areas within the vocational stream; TNAU allowed vocational stream candidates solely in its personal establishments, not in its affiliated schools.

TNAU didn’t have any laws in place for the admission of vocational stream college students even in its personal establishments.

His Dream Course

After being crushed by his incapacity to amass a seat, the tribal teenager returned to his village to boost cattle whereas working as a labourer in textile industries in his area once in a while for the final three years.

Chandran opted to use to TANUVAS and TNAU yearly since 2019 after receiving much-needed assist from the non-governmental group Sudar, which has been aiding him in his research since elementary college. But was all the time turned down.

On the again of Sudar and some different activists’ efforts, in addition to involvement from the TN Chief Minister’s workplace, Chandran was in a position to purchase a spot on the Kumaraguru Institute of Agriculture (KIA) this 12 months, simply as he was about to surrender chasing his ambition.

On March 30, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s workplace’s official Twitter account posted a photograph of Chandran with the caption in Tamil: “According to the order to implement a 5% special quota for students studying agriculture in the vocational education course in Class XII at the affiliated colleges of the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, B.Sc. Mr. Chandran, an aboriginal student from Bargur hill village in Erode district, met with the Hon’ble Chief Minister @mkstalin and thanked him for his admission order for a degree in agriculture.”


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