In a bid to support more students and their study abroad aspirations, the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment has released statistics regarding scholarships and schemes for Scheduled Caste and Persons with Disabilities.
Answering to questions asked in the Rajya Sabha, officials from the Ministry, revealed that the INR 20 crores have been allocated as scholarship budgets to aid SC students in pursuing their study abroad destinations. The officials also highlighted that over 42,000 candidates under the PWD category have benefitted from the scholarship schemes under the government.
Sri Thaarwarchand Gehlot, responded to the questions by highlighting the scholarships schemes that have been put up for SC candidates. Gehlot further spoke about the National Overseas Scholarship for Scheduled Castes which is designed to help aspirants to study abroad. While on the topic, Gehlot mentioned that the number of slots per year has jumped up to 100 slots from the previous 60 slots. The National Overseas Scholarship Scheme for SC students covers aspects such as the tuition fees, airfare, visa, insurance and other aspects as well.
In his answers, the Minister provided the complete statistics that highkighted the number of candidates who have benefitted under the scholarship schemes. The report also provided the allocation of funds for the scholarship schemes. In 2019-20, the official report revealed that a total of 63 candidates were able to travel abroad to study.
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Answering to a few more questions, the Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar, highlighted that during 2014 to 2019-20, 42,972 PwD candidates were able to benefit under the Government Scholarship Schemes.
Speaking on the scholarship schemes, the Minister stated that preciously there were six stand-alone scholarship scehemes, that operated under individual budgets. In April 2018, these schemes were brought under one roof, viz. The Umbrella Scholarship Scheme for Students with Disabilities. The revised scheme increased the number of Pre and Post-Matric scholarships. The number of slots in Pre-Matric scholarships have been increased to 25,000 from 20,000 and while the slots in Top Class Education scholarships went up by 140, i.e. 160 to 300 slots.
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Revealing these numbers are crucial for the common public, which include people under SC and PwD categories. The increase in budget for the scholarship schemes over the last few years depict the government’s efforts in helping SC and PwD candidates. The report also revealed that the 2015-16 budget for SC students was at 6.12 crores, which was increased to 20 crores in 2019-20.