Scholarships to study abroad for poor SC students

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NEW DELHI: Now, Harvard may not be too far for poor but meritorious scheduled caste students whose dreams of studying in foreign universities are often dashed due to lack of money. The Delhi cabinet on Thursday approved a scholarship scheme which envisages providing financial assistance up to Rs 20 lakh to Delhi students who qualify for admissions into Harvard, Oxford and other prestigious foreign universities. The financial assistance will be given to 100 selected candidates for pursuing PhD and masters from the accredited varsities.

Announcing the decision, Delhi Social Welfare minister Rajendra Pal Gautam said that the scheme will help meritorious students from the scheduled caste community dream big in their life. The scheme is for students belonging to families whose annual income does not exceed Rs 8 lakh. The candidate should also be living in Delhi for at least five years. Only one child of the same parent will be eligible to avail the financial assistance under the scheme. Students can pursue engineering and management, pure sciences and applied sciences, medicine, international commerce and finance among many other subjects.

Candidates who are employed can also avail the scheme provided they forward their applications through their companies, along with a ‘no objection certificate’ issued by the employers. “The candidate will not be eligible for financial assistance under this scheme to pursue the same level of the course (master’s/PhD) for which he/she has already acquired the qualification from any university either in India or abroad,” the government said in a statement. Rs 5 lakh per annum, subject to a maximum of Rs 20 lakh, will be provided for the four-year PhD course, while Rs 5 lakh per annum, subject to a maximum of Rs 10 lakh, will be provided for the two-year master’s course.

The scheme is proposed to be implemented from the financial year 2019-20, and budget provision amounting to Rs 5 crore will be made for it.

The government conceptualized the scheme after coming across meritorious students who failed to make it to top foreign universities because of lack of money. “The scheme will not only change the life of the student, but also that of the entire family,” said the minister.

The scheme appears to be an attempt by the AAP government to reach out to the scheduled caste community which has a significant population in Delhi.

[“source=timesofindia”]

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