Scholarships for SC/OBC Students



Scholarships for SC/OBC Students

Details of various scholarship schemes for students belonging to Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) are:

Details of various scholarship schemes for students belonging to Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs)


1.         Post Matric Scholarship to Scheduled Caste Students.

The objective is to provide financial assistance to the Scheduled Caste students studying at post matriculation or post secondary stage to enable them to complete their education.  The annual parental income ceiling is Rs. 2.5 lakhs.

2.         Pre-Matric Scholarship for SC students studying in classes IX & X.

The objective is to support parents of SC children for education of their wards studying in classes IX & X to minimize the incidence of dropout and for a better chance of progressing to the post matric stage of education.  The annual parental income ceiling is Rs. 2 lakhs.

3.         Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Up gradation of Merit of SC students.

            The main objective of the Scheme is to upgrade the merit of SC students  studying in classes  IX to XII by providing them with facilities for all round development.

4.         Post Matric Scholarship to the Other Backward Classes (OBC) students.

The objective is to provide financial assistance to the Scheduled Caste students studying at post matriculation or post secondary stage to enable them to complete their education.  The annual parental income ceiling is Rs. 1 lakh.

5.         Pre-Matric Scholarship for Other Backward Classes (OBC) students.

The objective is to support parents of SC children for education of their wards studying in classes IX & X to minimize the incidence of dropout and for a better chance of progressing to the post matric stage of education.  The annual parental income ceiling is Rs. 44,500/-.

6.         Central Sector Scholarship Scheme of Top Class Education for SC student.

            The Scheme aims at recognizing an promoting quality education amongst students belonging to Scheduled Castes by providing full financial support. The annual parental income ceiling is Rs. 4.50 lakhs.

7.         National Overseas Scholarship for SC etc candidates.

            The Scheme provides financial assistance for pursuing Master level and Ph.D abroad in the notified institutions.  The annual parental income ceiling is Rs. 6 lakhs p.a.


Details of funds allocated and spent under the said schemes during each of the last three years and the current year are:

S. No.
Name of the Scheme
2013-14
2014-15
(up to 13 Feb. 2015)
BE
Expenditure
BE
Expenditure
1
Post Matric Scholarship to Scheduled Caste Students
1500.00
2153.49
1500.00
1438.76
2
Pre-Matric Scholarship for SC students studying in classes IX & X.
900.00
547.00
834.00
438.00
3
Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Upgradation of Merit of SC students
5.00
4.38
5.00
2.03
4
Post Matric Scholarship to the OBC students.
900.00
768.56
785.00
770.60
5
Pre-Matric Scholarship for OBC students
150.00
115.99
150.00
105.48
6.
Central Sector Scholarship Scheme of Top Class Education for SC students.
21.00
24.70
21.00
18.34
7.
National Overseas Scholarship Scheme
6.00
6.13
6.00
5.7
* New Scheme Implemented w.e.f. 1.7.2012.

Details of amount of scholarship provided under the said Schemes and the year of last revision are:

 (A)      Post-Matric Scholarship for OBCs- The rates of the maintenance allowance per month in  various groups range from Rs. 160/- to Rs. 350/- for day scholars and in the case of hostellers, the rates range from Rs. 260/- to Rs. 750/- per month. Besides this, there are other allowances given viz Study Tour charges, Book allowances, Thesis typing charges etc. Students with disabilities are also eligible for  other assistance viz. Reader  charges for the blind students etc. The last revision was made in 2011-12.
(B)       Pre-Matric Scholarship for OBCs- The rates of Scholarship for hostellers for Class III to VIII  is Rs.200/- per month and for Class IX to X Rs.250/- per month. In case of day scholars, the rates of scholarships are Rs.25/- per month for Class I to V, Rs.40/- per month for Class VI to VIII and  Rs.50/- per month for Class IX to X. The scholarship is available for 10 months in a year. Besides this ad-hoc grant of Rs.500/- per student per annum to all students i.e. hostllers as well as day scholars are also given.

2.         Details of amount of scholarship provided under the Scholarship Schemes for SCs
(A)       Post-Matric Scholarship for SCs- The rates of the maintenance allowance per month in  various groups range from Rs. 230/- to Rs. 550/- for day scholars and in the case of hostellers, the rates range from Rs. 380/- to Rs. 1200/- per month. Besides this, there are other allowances given viz Study Tour charges, Book allowances, Thesis typing charges etc. The scholarship also includes reimbursement of  non-refundable compulsory fees charged by educational institutions. Students with disabilities are also  eligible for  other assistance viz. Reader  charges for the blind students etc. The last revision was made in 2010-2011.

(B)       Pre-Matric Scholarship for SC students studying in class IX & X- The rate for day scholars is Rs. 150/- per month and Rs. 350/- per month in the case of hostellers. The scholarship is available for 10 months in a year. There is also an ad-hoc grant of Rs. 750/- per annum for day scholars and Rs. 1000/- per annum for hostellers. Students with disabilities are  also  eligible for  other assistance viz. Reader  charges for the blind students etc
(C)       Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Upgradation of Merit of SC Students:- Under this scheme, a package grant of Rs.25,000/- per student per year is given. Besides the amount of scholarship, students with disabilities are also eligible for  other assistance viz. Reader Allowance, Transport Allowance, Escort allowance etc. The last revision was made on 01.08.2013.

(D)       Centrally Sponsored Scheme of  Top Class Education for SC students – The SC students who secure admission in the notified institutions are awarded scholarship for the full tuition fee and the non-refundable charges with a ceiling of Rs. 2 lakhs p.a. per student for private sector institutions and Rs. 3.72 lakhs p.a. per students for private sector flying clubs for Commercial Pilot Training.  Besides, living expenses @ Rs. 2220/- p.m. per student, books and stationery @ Rs. 3000/- p.a. per student and latest computer limited to Rs. 45000/- per student as one time assistance are also provided. The last revision was made on 22.12.2014.

(E) The National overseas scholarship for SC etc. students provides annual maintenance allowance of US $ 15400 for United States and other countries and 9900 Great Britain pounds (GBP) for United Kingdom. In addition contingency allowance of 1500 US $ for United States and other countries and 1100 GBP for United Kingdom, apart from incidental allowances, actual poll tax, visa fee etc are being paid. The actual tuition fees is also being paid. The last revision was made in 2013-14.


The 12th Five year Plan document as approved by the National Development Council envisages revising the rates of scholarship every two years, based on the increase in cost of living index or Consumer Price Index (CPI).

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Vijay Sampla in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.

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Deendayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme


Under the Deendayal Disabled Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS), financial assistance is provided to Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) for providing various services to Persons with Disabilities, like special schools, vocational training centres, community based rehabilitation, pre-school and early intervention etc. A statement indicating number of beneficiaries during the last two years and current year under DDRS is:
State wise Number of Beneficiaries under DDRS during the last two years and current year, 2014-15 (As on 19.02.2015).

S. No.
State/UT
2012-13
2013-14
2014-15(as on date 19/2/2015)
No. of Beneficiaries
No. of Beneficiaries
No. of Beneficiaries
1
Andhra Pradesh
21668
20613
18678
2
Arunachal Pradesh
0
1926
0
3
Assam
1452
1908
1408
4
Bihar
801
1218
609
5
Chattisgarh
216
984
295
6
Delhi
2850
3950
582
7
Goa
201
108
170
8
Gujarat
5541
4636
1375
9
Haryana
1213
10640
1460
10
Himachal Pradesh
1214
1836
140
11
Jammu & Kashmir
54
50
652
12
Jharkhand
326
180
540
13
Karnataka
4650
7290
1112
14
Kerala
2706
7404
6847
15
Madhya Pradesh
22709
767
1395
16
Maharashtra
7865
10350
2354
17
Manipur
2416
4751
2223
18
Meghalaya
1009
243
107
19
Mizoram
35
40
352
20
Nagaland
0
0
0
21
Orissa
7517
11199
3356
22
Pondicherry
225
115
222
23
Punjab
985
101
1596
24
Rajasthan
2255
3143
1656
25
Sikkim
0
0
0
26
Tamil Nadu
6347
37654
1451
27
Telangana
0
0
2092
28
Tripura
147
188
69
29
Uttar Pradesh
20333
7968
5177
30
Uttrakhand
2527
498
818
31
West Bengal
33430
27039
444

Total
150692
166799
57180

The Department introduces new schemes from time to time depending upon need and subject to availability of funds.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha here today.


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Nagaland gets Weavers’ Service Centre

Foundation stone laid for Apparel and Garment Making Centre


Minister of State for Textiles (I/C), Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, laid the foundation stone for Apparel & Garment Making Centre at Dimapur, Nagaland today. He inaugurated a Weavers’ Service Centre at Toluvi, Nagaland as well.

The steps taken today reflect the Government’s intent to make development inclusive and participatory, based on the philosophy of “Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas”. They also build upon the Make in India brand, so as to take the textile industry in the North East region to greater heights.

NERTPS

North East Region Textile Promotion Scheme (NERTPS) of the Ministry of Textiles is a major initiative in the above direction. NERTPS is an umbrella scheme for the development of various segments of textiles, i.e silk, handlooms, handicrafts and apparels & garments. The scheme has a total outlay of Rs. 1038.10 crore in the 12th Five Year Plan.

A landmark initiative under NERTPS, for construction of apparel and garment making centres in North Eastern States, has been launched in Nagaland by the Hon’ble Prime Minister on 1st December, 2014.

Under this, each state will have one centre with three units. For local entrepreneurs with requisite background, required facilities to start a unit will be provided in ‘plug and play’ mode. Once such entrepreneurs get established, they can set up their own units, allowing the facility to be provided to new entrepreneurs.

The project will be fully funded by the Ministry, with an estimated expense of Rs. 18.18 crores for each state. The central assistance would be towards construction of physical infrastructure, purchase of machinery and capacity building for next three years. Each centre is estimated to generate direct employment for 1,200 people. NBCC has been assigned the work of construction of centre and installation of machinery.


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Textiles Minister initiates steps to strengthen Jute sector

Minister of State for Textiles (I/C), Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, has taken several steps to strengthen the jute sector. These steps are a result of the review meetings he held with various stakeholders of the jute sector, at Kolkata yesterday.

The key decisions:

1) Utilize unused assets of closed mills, to generate employment

It has been decided to utilize the unused assets, such as land, of the three closed mills of NJMC (National Jute Manufactures Corporation Limited) for economic activities. The focus is to generate employment. Activities such as apparel park or textile hub shall be considered. The Government of West Bengal has been requested to support this initiative, while PricewaterhouseCoopers has been engaged to prepare the roadmap.

2) NJMC to invite entrepreneurs to run Kinnison, Khardah and RBHM jute mills through licence route

3) Heighten focus on diversified products

NJB (National Jute Board) will intensify development and promotion of diversified jute products. Training of Women’s Self Help Groups, including that of groups of Tiger widows in the Sundarban, will be given particular emphasis. Reputed R&D institutes such as IIT Kharagpur, NITRA and IJIRA is being taken. NID (National Institute of Design) has been roped in, to assist in the development of new designs and for setting up of state-of-art design centre for shopping bags and other jute lifestyle products.

4) Feminine hygiene products and low-cost carry bags

These products hold a lot of promise. Efforts to commercialize them would be speeded up; all state governments would be requested to support the marketing of these products.

5) Provision of housing for jute mill workers

Collaborative schemes to provide standard housing to jute mill workers were discussed. Ministry of Textiles would support this initiative, while Government of West Bengal has also requested to participate.

6) Steps to boost demand for jute sacking
Ministry of Textiles is making all-out efforts to persuade state governments to order more jute sacking to boost demand. Government of West Bengal has requested to procure jute sacking for packaging of paddy/rice and of potatoes/ vegetables. State Government representatives assured that they would sort out the issue in consultation with the jute industry.


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Procedure for Registration of Yatris for Shri AmarnathYatra, 2015

As per the guidelines of the Amarnath Shrine Board, the following is the procedure for registration of Yatris for Shri AmarnathYatra, 2015:

1.    This year’s Shri AmarnathjiYatra will commence on 2nd July, 2015, via both the routes Baltal and Pahalgam, and conclude on 29th august, 2015
2.    Registration is necessary for the Yatris
3.    Nobody shall be allowed to undertake the Yatra without Yatra Permit which is valid for the days and route in question
4.    A Yatri can secure his/her Yatra Permit via selected Bank Branches (87 of J&K Bank, 305 of Punjab National bank and 38 of YES Bank) located in various States/UTs
5.    The addresses of the selected Bank Branches, for providing Registration are available at Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board’s website: www.shriamarnathjishrine.com
6.    The Registration for the Yatra 2015, via selected Bank Branches, will commence from 1st March, 2015
7.    For Registration/ obtaining a Yatra Permit through a designated Bank, an intending Yatri shall have to submit filled in prescribed Application Form and Compulsory Health Certificate issued by the Authorised Doctor/Reputed Private medical Institution
8.    The State-wise lists of Doctors/reputed private Medical Institutions authorized to issue the prescribed Compulsory Health Certificate are available at Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board’s website
9.    The formats of the application Form and Compulsory Health Certificate are also available at Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board’s website
10. For Yatra 2015, Compulsory Health Certificate issued only after 10th February, 2015, would be valid for the registration purposes.
11. An intending Yatri will be required to pay Rs. 50/- as Registration fee, for registration through a designated Bank
12. A Yatri who travels by Helicopter will not be required to separately register for the Yatra
13. A Yatri who travels by Helicopter will, however, be required to submit the prescribed Compulsory Health Certificate at the time of boarding the Helicopter
14. A Yatri should embark on his/her Yatra only on the day and from the route for which he/she is registered
15. Please visit Board’s website to know how an ex-Indian pilgrim can register himself/herself for the Yatra
16. A group of five or more Yatris can also register themselves through the Group Registration Facility
17. The procedure to register through Group Registration Facility is available on shrine board’s website

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Delhi Metro, Other Metros, Public Transport Companies, Delhi Government Companies to be empowered for speedy eviction of their premises

Eviction of unauthorized occupants of government bungalows also to be streamlined

Shri Venkaiah Naidu says strict timeframes proposed to prevent misuse of public properties

Rajya Sabha approves Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill,2014

Bill already cleared by Lok Sabha

Rajya Sabha today passed the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2014 that seeks to empower Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, other Metros, Public Transport Companies, Companies of Delhi Government, New Delhi Municipal Council and successors to Major Port Trusts to get their properties and premises evicted of unauthorized companies in a speedy manner. This Amendment Bill, already approved by the Lok Sabha during the last monsoon session of Parliament, brings these entities with Centre and States owning more than 51 % of their Paid Up capital under the definition of public premises for their eviction in a speedy manner.

Piloting the Bill, Minister of Urban Development Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu said that Recommendations of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Urban Development and suggestions of the Supreme Court have been incorporated in the Amendment Bill to enable quick execution of infrastructure projects. He said that stricter time frames for completing eviction proceedings were incorporated in the Bill to prevent misuse of procedures. Responding to the demand of some members for referring the Bill to a Select Committee, Shri Naidu said that the Parliamentary standing Committee had already examined the Bill. He assured the House that adequate safeguards have been put in place to prevent any misuse of the provisions of the Bill.

The Supreme Court in their Judgment of 5.7.2013 in the matter of S.D.Bandi Vs Divisional Traffic Officer, Karnataka State Road Transportation Corporation observed that “The persons from all the three branches viz., the Legislature, the Judiciary and the Executive either by their influence or by lengthy procedure as provided in the Act, continue to stay in the government accommodation by paying paltry amount either by way of rent or penalty’’.

The Supreme Court made several suggestions for ensuring timely eviction of such occupants. These suggestions include: specific time frames for serving notices for vacation, disposal of appeals, fixing the quantum of rent to be charged and subsequent eviction, charging compound interest rate, condoning delays in vacation only in exceptional cases and not as a general rule etc. These suggestions have been incorporated in relevant sections of the Amendment Bill.

The four recommendations of the Standing Committee viz., Provision for a Summary Trial, disposal of appeals by the District and Sessions Judge, substituting Municipal Corporation of Delhi in the Act with the newly created Corporations and maximum time limit for disposal of the cases by the Estate Officers have also been incorporated in the Amendment Bill, 2014 passed by the Rajya Sabha.

On the Amendment Bill, 2014 becoming an Act after the assent by the President of India, all the entities mentioned above and brought under the definition of Public Premises for the purpose of eviction of unauthorized occupants, can appoint Estate Officers who would function as quasi-judicial authorities for the purposes of the Act.


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Review of NYKs and YES Project


         The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Sarbananda Sonowal has said that an evaluation study of Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) was entrusted to an independent evaluation agency which has recently been submitted its report. The deficiencies identified and recommendations given by the agency are summarized as under:

i.     Lack of manpower.
ii.    Lack of funds to implement the programme in effective manner.
iii.   Delay in disbursement of fund at district level.
iv. Lack of inter-ministerial, center to state and district coordination.
v.    Need for improvement in record management.
vi.   Committees formed at different levels needs to be active and informed.
vii. Monitoring of programme through external agencies and separate fund for monitoring should be earmarked.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today Shri Sonowal said, the recommendations as per the study have been accepted and are being implemented in a phased manner depending upon the availability of funds. The State/U.T. wise details of the funds allocated/released/ expenditure on Nehru Yuva Kendras (NYKs) during each of the last three years and the current years are given in Annexure-I.

         The Minister said, NYKS in collaboration with National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) conducted a pilot on Youth Employability Skill (YES) Project.  Under the project, Skill Development and Vocational Training was provided to Youth in various fields like Retail Sales, Electrician, Accounting, Hospitality, Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES), Business Process outsourcing (BPO) etc. Under the project, 1269 Youth from North Eastern States and J &K were trained.  A feedback report was obtained through an independent agency, namely, Achhinaukri.com for verification and tracking of the beneficiaries, the results of which are as follows:
·              Over 70.6% candidates responded to the feedback.
·              94%  of the candidates who responded found the training satisfactory
·              52.6% candidate were offered a job/interview opportunity by the training institute, but a  number of candidates quit the jobs in less than 2 months of their joining or did not join.  Top three reasons for quitting or not joining the jobs are as under:

       a. Salary Dissatisfaction

       b. Unsatisfactory benefits
 
       c. Health /Personal Reasons.

        For the pilot project on Youth Employability Skill (YES) Project conducted in the State of J&K and North Eastern States during the year 2011-12, a sum of Rs.2.79 crore was incurred as per the details given in Annexure-II.
 Click here to see Annexure


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