To widen SC scholarship net, govt for raising income criteria

To widen SC scholarship net, govt for raising income criteria

IN A move that will make many more Scheduled Caste (SC) students eligible for government scholarships, the Centre proposes to raise the income eligibility criteria for such schemes. Under the ‘Top Class Education Scheme’, the Centre provides scholarships to SC students who are pursuing higher education at IITs, IIMs, NITs, commercial pilot training institutes, medical/ law/ media and other reputed institutes. According to the current eligibility criteria, their parents’ annual income shouldn’t exceed Rs 4.5 lakh. This figure is now proposed to be revised to Rs 6 lakh per annum….

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Punjab’s pvt colleges refuse to enrol SC students on scholarship as state fails to pay

Punjab’s pvt colleges refuse to enrol SC students on scholarship as state fails to pay

Unaided private colleges in Punjab have decided not to enrol Scheduled Caste (SC) students under the centrally-sponsored post-matric scholarship scheme from the coming session. Reason: The state government has failed to release its share of Rs 1,250 crore for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic sessions. The decision will affect over three lakh SC students admitted to around 1,000 private colleges across the state. Under the scheme, which was launched in 2007, SC students studying in post-matric classes are awarded scholarship ranging from Rs 230 to Rs 1,200 per month. The…

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Aadhaar seeding for scholarship: Mobile hitch hits SC, ST students in rural areas

Aadhaar seeding for scholarship: Mobile hitch hits SC, ST students in rural areas

Thousands of students belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes are worried about losing scholarship this year as they have not been able to give consent for Aadhaar seeding before the February 15-deadline as demanded by the Social Welfare Department to implement direct benefit transfer. The issue is that many of the rural students did not have a mobile phone, which is mandatory to complete the process of seeding, during enrolment for Aadhaar or still do not have one. The students eligible for scholarship have to give consent for…

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28 institutes identified to provide quality education to SC/ OBC students

28 institutes identified to provide quality education to SC/ OBC students

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Social Justice has identified 28 coaching institutes across the country to provide good quality coaching to Scheduled Caste (SC) and Other Backward Classes (OBC) candidates. The institutes were selected on basis of recommendations by states and UTs which furnished proposals of at least five coaching institutes with proven track records of success, said a senior ministry official. “The selection was done by a committee headed by Special Secretary, Social Justice Ministry after the guidelines of the Scheme of Free Coaching for SC and OBC Students…

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21 BMTC buses ferrying school students seized for flouting SC norms

21 BMTC buses ferrying school students seized for flouting SC norms

BENGALURU: Close on the heels of the miraculous escape of 52 school students from a BMTC bus that caught fire on December 3, the transport department on Wednesday seized 21 BMTC buses for violating Supreme Court safety norms. The seized buses were ferrying students of Vidyaniketan School on Ullal Road near Mallathahalli. “We found that the buses were operating without first-aid box, side safety grilles and CCTV cameras. Buses were also poorly maintained,” said a senior transport department official. BMTC operates nearly 300 buses to ferry school children. On Saturday,…

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Deemed medical colleges in Maharashtra to take autonomy battle to SC

Deemed medical colleges in Maharashtra to take autonomy battle to SC

Deemed medical and dental institutes in Maharashtra are ready to take the state Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) back to the Supreme Court (SC). This time, to fight to safeguard their autonomous status. The 10 medical and dental institutes in the state have been objecting to the DMER’s proposal to the state medical education department requesting that deemed universities be brought under the purview of the admission regulation Act for private institutes as the move will mean that deemed institutes will automatically lose their autonomous status. “Why should…

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Medical institutes approach SC, Central govt for extension of admissions

Medical institutes approach SC, Central govt for extension of admissions

A Dhule-based medical institute on Saturday approached the government of India as well as the Supreme Court for extension to complete admission to all their medical seats. This institute has around 15 seats left vacant after admissions were declared over on September 30, as per an April order of the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, the state Directorate of Medical Education & Research (DMER) is conducting admissions to 350 seats that remain vacant in 10 deemed medical and dental institutes in Maharashtra, following another SC order from earlier this week. “The SC,…

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SC stays order making Aadhaar mandatory for scholarship

SC stays order making Aadhaar mandatory for scholarship

The supreme court (SC) has ruled that the national scholarship portal cannot mandate students to submit Aadhaar number for registration. It has reiterated its position, stating that the Aadhaar card scheme is purely voluntary. The court pronounced an interim ruling on September 14 while responding to a petition filed by the All Bengal Minority Students Council. The council contested a communication, dated July 14, sent from the central government to all states asking them to make Aadhaar mandatory for the submission of the application forms for scholarships. The schemes include…

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Govt set to increase scholarship coverage for SC students

Govt set to increase scholarship coverage for SC students

New Delhi: Buoyed by the success of the post- matric scholarship schemes for Scheduled Caste (SC) students, the government is all set to increase its coverage for 48 lakh school children by end of this fiscal and has exceeded its budget for the purpose by more than Rs 100 crore. The Post-Matric Scholarship scheme was introduced by the government to provide financial assistance to SC students studying at post matriculation or post-secondary stages to enable them to complete their education. “It is a flagship program of the Ministry to ensure…

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Govt clears new scholarship scheme for SC students

Govt clears new scholarship scheme for SC students

New Delhi: Strengthening financial assistance for students belonging to Scheduled Caste communities, government Thursday approved a new pre-matric scholarship for children studying in Classes IX and X. “The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the introduction of a new centrally-sponsored scheme for pre-matric scholarship for SC students in Classes IX and X, which will be implemented with effect from July 1, this year,” an official release said. While the day scholars will be provided a scholarship of Rs 150 per month, the hostelers will get an assistance of…

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