Remove the residential requirement of 5 years of education outside India for NRIs for DASA

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According to the brochure that DASA released on March 31st, 2017(first uploaded on March 10 with no such rule), that is one day prior to when the application process commences, at least 5 years of study outside of India is necessary for NRIs. Now that we have already wasted two years on SAT and DASA, not registering for major exams like the JEE (already conducted on April 2nd, 2017) and the NEET, my future stands in dark. The hard work that I put into working for SAT and getting good scores has been in vain.

This update has changed the requirement for applicants, making it mandatory that the applicants should have studied abroad for at least 5 years in the last 8 years. Hopefully the HRD Ministry doesn't desire to kill the opportunities of the meritorious students of building a better future just because they haven't resided outside India for at least 5 years! The update is illogical.

This update seems irrational as DASA is a scheme designed for students who have to live abroad with their parents due to their parent's work obligations.

This update will make many students ineligible for this scheme as many families who work abroad have unpredictable work obligations. Many of the applicants have not completed 5 years of education abroad.

Further, the abrupt change in the residential requirement happened on 31 March. There was no initial announcement of such a big policy change. The official deadline for applying to most colleges has long past been due. The students who were relying to get admission through DASA now face an uncertain future, wherein they might have to repeat 12th grade or wait another year to apply for colleges.

Also, DASA considers admitted applicants on their merit, based on their SAT II scores. Many students prepare for this throughout 11th and 12th grade. Finding out that all of a sudden, they are not eligible only comes as a shock to the applicants and their families.

Personally, I was looking forward to getting admitted through DASA as well. My parents had to move abroad due to work obligations after I finished 8th grade in India. By June 2017, I will have completed 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade abroad, thus making me ineligible for DASA. Now thanks to this new update, my family has no idea what to do next.

Reverting the residential requirement for applicants to have completed 11th and 12th grade abroad will make it possible for applicants under such circumstances to get admitted to college. The new residential policy only seems irrational and makes it harder for the very people it set out to help.

Shouldn't this information be given WELL IN ADVANCE and not just one day before? Shouldn't I and many students like me not told about this information so that I didn't waste three years like this? Will the officials at DASA understand the importance of this matter? Is there no transparency to the new rules? I question the democracy of the nation.

I have called many officials of DASA through the numbers given on the site but no proper response has been received. I also called Mr. Prakash Javadekar's office but my questions were simply rejected.

Now considering the situation where our entire lives are going to be affected, please CHANGE THE RULE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

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