The Jharkhand government has taken initiative to expand the Overseas Scholarship Scheme to include scheduled castes (SC), other backward classes(OBC) and minorities. The scholarship sent its first group of scheduled tribe (ST) students to study abroad in September 2021.
The government will select a maximum of 25 students to receive the benefits of the scholarship scheme which will start in September 2023. Earlier, 10 students could study abroad with the help of this scholarship.
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The students will be able to pursue one-year postgraduate courses and two-year MPhil across 31 disciplines in the popular universities of the UK. Earlier, scholarships were given across 23 disciplines. Interested students will have to fill up the scholarship application form by June 25, 2022.
The government also remarked that a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be signed by the United Kingdom through the British High Commission in New Delhi and the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office. In addition, a jointly funded Chevening-Marang Gomke Jaipal Singh Munda Scholarship will be signed. The scholarship will help the students pursue postgraduate courses in the next three years.
The budget of the scholarship has increased to INR 16 crores per academic year and will increase more if needed.
A statement released by the Informations and Public Relations Department noted that in the previous year, seven students were part of the study abroad scholarship programme. These students are pursuing their Masters at the University of Sussex, University of Loughborough, University of Warwick, SOASand University College London in a wide range of disciplines such as architecture, creative writing and climate change.
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The seven students who have been selected for the Overseas Scholarship Programme last year have their own stories of struggle, hard work and determination to utilise the opportunity provided to them. The Jharkhand government is in search of a similar cohort of students to award this year.
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Source: The Indian Express, News 18