Students from Northeast India face a distinct set of access barriers to higher education, not least because the region is heavily militarised and witnesses political volatility and human rights violations. In the age group of 22-35 years, only 8% of men and 4% of women from Northeast India have access to higher education (US-India Policy Institute NSSO Survey 2007-08).
Although the literacy rate of the region is relatively high, the number of students aspiring to take higher education is much lower compared to the rest of India (Maisuangdibou 2020). Due to instability in the region as well as the racism and discrimination that Northeast Indian students face in mainland India, such students find it difficult to access inclusive higher education in India and in turn are unable to make applications for postgraduate studies abroad. Their access to resources and networks within university spaces, particularly those required to make a successful application to universities abroad, is severely hindered.
Bearing this in mind, Project EduAccess has designed a mentorship programme to support Northeast Indian learners for all aspects of university and scholarship applications to higher education institutions. Our 2022-23 Mentorship Programme is geared towards supporting applications for postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom.
We have now closed applications to our Mentorship Programme 2022-23 for students from Northeast India and Eastern Himalayas.