Rs 20 lakh for Dalits making it to top foreign universities
NEW DELHI: Delhi government has decided to give up to Rs 20 lakh to Dalit students who qualify for admissions to Harvard, Oxford and other top foreign universities. The social welfare department has prepared a cabinet note to introduce a fellowship scheme, which proposes to give Rs 20 lakh for four-year courses and Rs 10 lakh for two-year courses. Many bright Dalit students cannot pursue higher studies in prominent foreign universities due to lack of funds, a source said.
“Education plays a big role in the empowerment of theunder privileged community. The government wants that finances should not come in the way of such students dreaming to make it8/4/2019 Rs 20 lakh for Dalits making it to top foreign universities big in life by studying in top foreign universities. The proposal is ready, and will be placed before the cabinet for consideration,” said social welfare minister Rajendra Pal Gautam.
Gautam added that after taking charge, he had come across over half a dozen meritorious Dalit students who had worked hard to qualify for top foreign universities and also got admission offers, but their dream got shattered when their families failed to gather the required funds. “It is not easy for poor Dalit students to get an education loan. The deprivation of education creates hurdles in the social and economic upliftment of the family,” the minister said.
The department has also worked out the formalities required to avail of the scheme. Students belonging to the Dalit families earning not more than Rs 6 lakh per annum will be eligible to seek help. Along with the offer of admission, they will have to submit an income certificate and fulfil other requirements, which will be finalised by the cabinet.
An official said all renowned foreign institutes like Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge, which occupy the top positions in the world ranking of universities, will be included in the list, which is yet to be prepared.
The AAP government is also going to hike the amount of financial assistance given to the students preparing for UPSC, IIT-JEE, medical and other competitive examinations under Jai Bhim Mukhyamantri Pratibha Vikas Yojana. Since last year’s launch, approximately 4,953 students have enrolled into coaching institutes under it. The scheme will finance 5,000 students annually.
In 2018-19, around 35 of these students have qualified JEE Mains and NEET — 13 in JEE Mains and 22 in NEET. Four students have 8/4/2019 Rs 20 lakh for Dalits making it to top foreign universities got admitted to IIT Delhi, NSUT Delhi, NIT Delhi and BAMS, BHU
Courtesy : TNN