Tribal Girl Yearns For College

Alamelu has been waiting for her community certificate to enter college for more than one year. Alamelu is a tribal girl from the Gunavakam community. She completed her 12th grade last year, and she is now eager to continue her studies in college. But Alamelu has not a single chance of being admitted into any university without showing her community certificate. This document is very precious. It will entitle the young girl to education, scholarship, and jobs within the reservation quotas. Alamelu had made a request for her certificate last year, but the local Tehsildar – the Revenue Administrative Officer – has kept her waiting from then. She made several attempts last year, but she always faced the same refusals. "Alamelu is certainly one of the first people to request such a certificate. She is the first girl and the first tribal to be educated in this area. People do not accept that. Not giving her this document is a way to stop her from progressing," explained Mani. The young girl hopes to study arts and to become a teacher. But without her certificate she would have to stay at home and get married. Mani hopes that people who watch his video will take action, and eventually force the Tehsildar to issue the precious certificate to Alamelu.

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