Scholarship Schemes Under Ministry of Human Resource Development



Scholarship Schemes Under Ministry of Human Resource Development

 
The Government of India administers various scholarship schemes under its different Ministries/Departments. Each scheme caters to different categories of students.  The details of some of the major Schemes of Ministry of HRD are as under:


1.      Department of School Education & Literacy under Ministry of HRD

(i)                 Centrally Sponsored  National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme:

      The Department of School Education & Literacy is administering a Centrally Sponsored  National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship Scheme, under which scholarships is given to meritorious students of economically weaker sections to arrest their drop out at class VIII and encourage them to continue the study at secondary stage. One lakh scholarships are awarded to selected students of class IX every year and their  continuation/renewal  in classes X to XII. Students whose parental income from all sources is not more than Rs. 1,50,000/- per annum are eligible to avail the scholarships. The State reservation policy is being followed.

2.      Department of Higher Education under Ministry of HRD

(i)                 Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students:  The aim of the Scheme is to provide financial assistance to meritorious students from low income families to meet a part of their day-to-day expenses while pursuing higher studies. The parental income should not exceed Rs. 6 lakhs per annum.  The Scheme caters to both ‘General’ and reserved categories. The Central reservation policy is being followed.

(ii)               Special Scholarship Scheme for Jammu & Kashmir: The Scheme aims to provide tuition fees, hostel fees, cost of books and other incidental charges to students belonging to Jammu & Kashmir who, after passing Class XII or equivalent examination through the State Board of Jammu & Kashmir and from Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) affiliated schools located in Jammu & Kashmir, pursuing general degree courses, engineering and medical studies in Government  colleges/ institutes/ other non-Government institutes located outside the State of Jammu & Kashmir. The parental income should not exceed Rs. 6 lakhs per annum. The Scheme caters to both ‘General’ and reserved categories.  The State reservation policy is being followed.

 
3.      All India Council for Technical Education(AICTE):

(i)                 Scholarship for Girls (PRAGATI):

        Scholarship for girl child admitted in AICTE  approved institutions / programmes /courses  of Diploma and Undergraduate Degree level.  4000 scholarships are available per annum.  Only one girl child per family whose parental income is less than Rs. 6 lakhs per annum can avail the scholarship.



  (ii)      Scholarship for Differently abled Students:

           Eligible differently abled students having parental income of less than Rs.6 lakhs per annum and who are already admitted to technical programs/courses in AICTE approved Institutions during 2014-15 are eligible under the scheme.


4.      University Grants Commission (UGC):


 “ISHAN UDAY”  Special Scholarship Scheme for North Eastern Region:

     Special Scholarship Scheme aims to provide equal opportunities for higher studies in North Eastern Region. It is envisaged to provide ten thousand (10,000) fresh scholarships every year beginning from the academic year 2014-15.  For availing scholarship under this scheme, the income of the parents of the student should not exceed Rs.4.5 lakh per annum.

There are scholarship schemes namely  Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students, Special Scholarship Scheme for Jammu & Kashmir, Scholarship for Girls (PRAGATI), “ISHAN UDAY”  Special Scholarship Scheme for North Eastern Region which are also available to  General Category students subject to their meeting the  requirement of merit and family income ceiling.

This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Irani in a written reply to the Lok Sabha question.


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CBSE for Increasing Awareness Among Students and Communities on Gender Issues

Administration of Educational Institutions falls under the State Governments/UT Administration including prevention of violence and sexual abuse. No centralized data is maintained by the Ministry of Human Resource Development. However, the Central Board of Secondary Education has published an educator manual for gender sensitivity pedagogy and introduced an elective course ‘Human Rights and Gender Studies’ for classes XI and XII.  The CBSE has also developed publicity material to sensitize children and communities. Further, the Ministry of Human Resource Development has also written to all the State Governments in January, 2013 to ensure gender sensitization by emphasizing that curriculum and text books be re-examined and improved upon for gender positive materials; at least a 2-3 day gender module be conducted with all teachers during the Annual in-service Training programmes; school monitoring systems to incorporate a check list of such gender sensitive parameters that promote gender sensitivity in class room transaction [activities] and school extra curricular activities; include training in self defence for girls and physical education classes starting from upper primary classes.
This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Irani in a written reply to the Lok Sabha question.

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CBSE Offers Counselling Services

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) offers counselling services to students and parents of the CBSE affiliated schools to help them deal with examination and result related stress. The CBSE Counselling Service is a community outreach programme which is provided free of cost through Telephonic Counselling, Online Counselling and Question Answer Columns in National Newspapers. The tele-counselling service is provided by the Principals and trained School Counsellors at the time of preparation of examinations during February-April and at the time of declaration of results during May-June. Students and parents can dial a toll free number from any part of the country which gives centralized access to CBSE helpline.

This information was given by the Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smt. Smriti Irani in a written reply to the Lok Sabha question.

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Statement of Sh. Narendra Singh Tomar on Sick/Defunct/Abandoned Mines in the Lok Sabha



The Minister of Mines and Steel Sh. Narendra Singh Tomar in Statement laid on the Table of the Lok Sabha today, Said that there is no separate classification of Sick/ defunct or abandoned mines. Provisions for progressive and Final Mine closure plans have been made in the Mineral Conservation and Development Rules, 1988 (MCDR 1988) for reclamation and rehabilitation of the mining lease area to, inter-alia provide for:

(i)     Mine shall have progressive and final mine closure plans for decommissioning, phased restorations, reclamation and rehabilitation in the mine thereof after cessation of mining operations;
(ii)   Completion of work before conclusion of mining operations and the abandonment of mine as per the approved mine closure plans, and submit a report;
(iii) Financial assurance to be furnished by lessees commensurate with the area to be put to use for mining activities;

            Non-compliance of such provisions will lead to forfeiture of the sum assured and other actions under the provisions of the Mines and Minerals (Development and regulation) Act, 1957 and the rules made thereunder.
         
            There were 82 abandoned mines in the country, which exist prior to faming of rules for progressive and final mine closure plans on 10.4.2003. State Governments are responsible for rehabilitation of abandoned mines and such data is not centrally maintained.
            Bharat Gold Mines Limited (BGML), a Central Government public Sector Undertaking has been closed in the year 2001 on account of being uneconomical. The Government has decided to sell assets of BGML through global tender.

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Indians Abroad


            The minister of state for Overseas Indian Affairs General V. K. Singh (retd.) Informed the members of lok sabha today that the India Centre for Migration, the research think tank of the Ministry has undertaken studies pertaining to migration in the India-EU corridor focusing on migration, mobility, ethnicity, diaspora identity, remittances to India from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and other aspects related to migration of Indians. Reports of ICM are providing useful inputs to this Ministry with regard to issues related to overseas employment and other aspects of migration of Indians.

Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs had collected estimates of NRIs and PIOs from Indian Missions abroad in 2012. The details are as per Annexure.

The exercise of updating the data is ongoing.



Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs reviews its schemes for the diaspora from time to time based upon feedback received from overseas Indians and others to ensure that these programmes benefit Indians abroad.



This Ministry does not promote emigration, including by housemaids and nurses.  This Ministry facilitates safe and legal migration. In addition to other safeguards provided for emigrants, special protection measures for women domestic sector migrants are:

·         Women below 30 years are not permitted to obtain emigration clearance
·          Minimum Referral Wages
·         security of US $2500 to be deposited with Indian Mission
·         Compulsory attestation of employment documents by the concerned Indian Missions.
·         Shelter home for distressed emigrants by Indian Mission.
The Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) was established in 2009 to meet contingency expenditure incurred by the Indian Missions and Posts abroad for carrying out various on-site welfare activities for Overseas Indian Citizens who are in distress. ICWF has enabled the following services for Indian nationals abroad:

a.       Boarding & lodging for distressed Overseas Indian workers in household /domestic sectors & unskilled laborers–for a maximum of 30 days
b.      Emergency medical care and initial legal help in deserving cases
c.       Air passage to stranded overseas Indians
d.      Airlifting of mortal remains to India or local cremation/burial of deceased Overseas Indians.
e.       Penalties for illegal stay of overseas Indians in host country where worker is not at fault.
f.       Small fines/penalties for release of overseas Indians in jail/detention center.
       
 India signed Social Security Agreements (SSAs) with the following Countries:

a.       Belgium
b.      France
c.       Germany (Social Insurance)
d.      Switzerland
e.       Luxembourg
f.       The Netherlands
g.      Hungary
h.      Denmark
i.        South Korea
j.        Finland
k.      Sweden
l.        Czech Republic
m.    Norway
n.      German (Comprehensive SSA)
o.      Canada
p.      Japan
q.      Austria
r.        Portugal
s.       Quebec (Province of Canada)
t.        Australia    








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India Development Foundation


            The minister of state for Overseas Indian Affairs General V. K. Singh (retd.) informed the members of the Lok Sabha today that the India Development Foundation of Overseas Indians (IDF-OI) is a “not for profit Trust” established in 2008 by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs to serve as a credible institutional avenue to enable overseas Indians to engage in philanthropy to supplement India’s social development efforts.

Objectives of IDF-OI are to:

1.                 Lead overseas Indian philanthropy into India.
2.                 Provide a list of credible institutions, projects and programmes to NRIs/PIOs.
3.                 Function as a clearing house for all philanthropy related information on India.
4.                 Partner with and encourage credible philanthropic organizations in the sectors that best match need based philanthropy.

IDF-OI has helped in channelizing contributions from overseas Indian donors towards social development projects in Assam, Rajasthan and Gujarat in the areas of water conservation, rainwater harvesting, education and mainstreaming of differently abled children, women’s education and sustainable livelihood.

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Engineering Services Examination, 2014


            Based  on  the  results of the Engineering Services written Examination held by the UNION PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION in June 2014 and the interviews for Personality Test held in January-February, 2015, the following are the lists, in  order  of  merit, of candidates who have been recommended for appointment to various  Services / Posts  in  Ministries / Departments  concerned.

2.         The number  of  candidates  recommended  for  appointment  under  different disciplines are as under:




3.    Appointments shall be made strictly in accordance with the extant rules and the number of vacancies available. Allotment of candidates to various services shall be made according to ranks obtained and preference of services expressed by them.

4.         The  number  of  vacancies  reported  by  the Govt. for  Group ‘A’/’B’ posts  to  be filled are  as  under:



5.   The candidature of 71 recommended candidates with following Roll Nos. is provisional:

CIVIL ENGINEERING  (33 nos.):



CHANICAL ENGINEERING (18 nos.):



ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING (13 nos.):



ELECTRONICS & TELECOMMUNICATION ENGINEERING (07 nos.):



6.         The result of 01 candidate in Civil Engineering discipline has been withheld.




7.                  In accordance with Rule 13 (iv) and (v) of the Engineering Services Examination Rules 2014, the Commission is maintaining a consolidated  Reserve List of candidates for each group as under:



8.                  Union Public Service Commission has a ‘Facilitation Counter’ near Examination Hall Building in its Campus. Candidates may obtain any information /clarification regarding their Examination/recruitments on working days between 10:00 A.M. and 05:00 P.M. in person or over Telephone Nos. 011-23385271 and 011-23381125 from this Counter. The result will also be available on the U.P.S.C. Website i.e. www.upsc.gov.in.  The mark sheet is expected to be available on the website www.upsc.gov.in after around fifteen days from the date of publication of results for a period of forty-five days.


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Amendment of CCS Rules for Persons with Disabilities 

The Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) has issued a fresh set of Instructions to all Ministries/Departments granting relaxation in the Central Civil Services (Leave) Rules, 1972 for Disabled employees. In an Office Memorandum dated February 25, 2015, the DoPT has reiterated that the disabled employees will be entitled to pay, promotion and other service benefits even if they cannot be taken back to the post they were holding or are adjusted or kept waiting until a suitable vacancy arises. 

The medical leave on account of disability will not be subject to ceiling under Rule 12 and any leave debited for the period after a Government servant is declared incapacitated shall be remitted back into his/her leave account. 

The leave applied on medical certificate in connection with disability cannot also be refused or revoked without reference to a Medical Authority, whose advice shall be binding. Leave will also be granted even if the Government servant’s family member submits an application/medical certificate in case the employee is unable to do so on account of the disability. 

The services of an employee can neither be terminated nor reduced in rank in case the employee has acquired a disability during his service. Any disabled employee who is not fit to return to duty shall be shifted to some other post. If that is not possible, the disabled employee shall be kept on a supernumerary post until a suitable post is available or he attains superannuation. Besides, no promotion shall be denied to a person simply on ground of his/her disability. 

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Reservation of Posts for Youths 

 

There is no proposal under consideration of the Government to reserve the ‘D’ category posts of Central Government organizations in different States for the respective State’s unemployed youths.  The quantum of reservation for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes in case of direct recruitment to Group ‘C’ and ‘D’ posts of Central Government services in various States/UTs has been fixed vide OM  No.36017/1/2004-Estt.(Res.) dated 5/7/2005 in proportion to their population. Further, SC/ST/OBC candidates not belonging to the concerned locality / region /State/ Zone/ Circle shall also be eligible to get the benefit of reservation.

As per Public Enterprises Survey 2013-14 laid on the table of both Houses of Parliament on 26.02.2015, the number of Other Backward Class employees in Central Public Sector Enterprises(CPSEs) was 2,06,083 out of total employees of 13,49,493, details of which are given as below:-



Government constituted a Committee in July, 2013 headed by Secretary, M/o Social Justice & Empowerment to make an in-depth analysis of the reasons for backlog of filling up of reserved vacancies and suggest measures to enhance the employability of reserved category candidates. The Committee in its report made the following major recommendations:-

 (i)     measures for upgrading the employment potential of SC, ST    and OBC candidates in all groups;           

(ii)     to constitute expert committees comprising in –house officers to study the root cause of the problem and to initiate measures to remove such factors;

(iii)    to improve pre-employment training or on-the-job preparatory training; and

(iv)        schemes for educational empowerment, up-gradation of skills, vocational training etc.
 
            Subsequent to the receipt of the recommendations of the Committee, the matter was examined by this Department and time bound action plan has been finalized and intimated to all concerned Ministries/ Departments on 20/11/2014 for implementation.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in Prime Minister’s office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Ramen Deka and Shri Dileep Singh Bhuria in the Lok Sabha today.
 

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Backlog Vacancies 

As per data collected till 31.12.2014, during the period 1.4.2012 to 31.12.2014, 19,676 backlog reserved vacancies of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes were filled up in Central Government Departments/attached and subordinate offices, Banks etc. 

Government constituted a Committee in July 2013 under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment to make an in depth analysis of the reasons for backlog of filling up of reserved vacancies and suggest measures to enhance the employability of reserved category candidates. The Committee submitted its report in May, 2014. Subsequent to the receipt of the recommendations of the Committee, the matter has been examined by this Department. Time bound action has been finalized and intimated to all concerned Departments/ Ministries on 20.11.2014 for implementation. The Action Plan includes study of reasons for non-filling of backlog reserved vacancies; review of prescribed standards, if required; conducting Special Recruitment Drive and conducting pre-recruitment training programmes. 

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in Prime Minister’s office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Shri Ravneet Singh, Shri Sankar Prasad Datta and Shri S.P. Muddahanume Gowda in the Lok Sabha today. 

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Biometric Attendance System 

The Government has decided to use an AADHAR Enabled Bio-metric Attendance System (AEBAS) in all offices of the Central Government, including attached / sub-ordinate Offices, in India. There is no change in the instructions relating to office hours, late attendance etc. Biometric attendance system is only an enabling platform.
 
As per the available information, there is a difference between the number of registered employees and number of employees marking their attendance. This Department has issued fresh instructions to all Ministries that necessary directions may be issued to all employees to mark their attendance in the Biometric Attendance Portal on regular basis.
 
As per the available information, the present status of implementation of the biometric attendance system is as under:



This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in Prime Minister’s office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Muthamsetti Srinivasa Rao (Avanthi)  in the Lok Sabha today.


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Outsourcing Policy 

The fundamental principles applicable to all Ministries/Departments regarding engagement of consultants and outsourcing of services are provided in General Financial Rules, 2005. As per GFR, 2005, the Ministries/Departments may hire external professionals, consultancy firms or consultants for a specific job which is well defined in terms of content and time frame for its completion or outsource certain services in the interest of economy and efficiency. 

The vacant posts of permanent employees in the Central Government are to be filled up as per the provisions of the Recruitment Rules. 

The term of the existing contract to engage outsourced persons in the Central Information Commission has already expired. However, the existing engagement of outsourced persons has been allowed to continue for the smooth functioning of the Commission, till the fresh contract is awarded. The Government has decided that fresh tender may be invited at the earliest, following due procedure and the Government has not given any directions to reduce the pay of the existing outsourced persons to the minimum wages. 

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in Prime Minister’s office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Ravindra Kumar Pandey in the Lok Sabha today. 

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Professionals in Civil Services 

 
 

The number of candidates with Engineering/Medical background vis-à-vis total candidates recommended by the UPSC for Civil Services Examination (CSE) in 2010, 2011 and 2012 are as given below:-
 



In so far as Civil Services Examination-2013 is concerned, the recommended candidates are received in two parts, i.e. Main List & Reserved List. The Reserved List is yet to be received from UPSC.

This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in Prime Minister’s office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Prof. Ravindra Vishwanath Gaikwad in the Lok Sabha today.

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Vacant Posts in CSSS 

 
 A statement indicating the status of reserved vacancies and the number of officers promoted under Private Secretaries (PS) and Personal Assistants (PA) grades in Central Secretariat Stenographers’ Service (CSSS) during 2014 is placed below:

 


 As per the available information, a statement indicating the number of backlog vacancies carried forward under Private Secretary (PS) and Personal Assistant (PA) grades of Central Secretariat Stenographers’ Service (CSSS) from the Select List Year 2010 onwards is placed below:

 


*:   The rosters were not centrally prepared in Department of Personnel and Training till 2010 and concerned Ministries/Departments were maintaining the details of vacancies in the PS and PA grade.

$   Zone for promotion of Select List Year 2013 of remaining vacancies in PS grade under Seniority Quota has been extended.

The posts could not be filled up due to non-availability of eligible officers in the feeder grade.
 
The proposals for promotion of officers are initiated on regular basis and all the eligible officers are promoted.
 
This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in Prime Minister’s office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Shivkumar Udasi in the Lok Sabha today.

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Shortage of IAS Officers 

 
The Total Administrative Strength (TAS) of officers in position and vacancy position in Indian Administrative Service (IAS), state-wise is as below:
Cadre Gap in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) as on 01.01.2014



In order to address the issue of shortage of IAS in Regular Recruitment quota, the Government has increased annual intake of officers from 55 in Civil Services Examination (CSE) 1998 to 180 in CSE 2013 in respect of IAS. In promotion quota, prompt actions have been taken for holding Selection Committee Meetings for appointment by promotion/selecting State Service officers to IAS.
 
This was stated by the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office Dr. Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question by Shri Harishchandra Chavan in the Lok Sabha today.
 

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