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Scheme for top quality higher education for STs gets Centres nod

The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for the introduction of a new Central Sector Scholarship Scheme of Top Quality Higher Education to students belonging to Scheduled Tribes, to be implemented from 2007-08.

New Delhi, May 31 : The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for the introduction of a new Central Sector Scholarship Scheme of Top Quality Higher Education to students belonging to Scheduled Tribes, to be implemented from 2007-08.

The Scheme will cover students beyond 12th class, whose total family income from all sources does not exceed two lakh rupees per annum. The ST students will be awarded a scholarship to meet the requirements for the following:

(i) full tuition fee and other non-refundable dues in respect of Government/Government funded institutions. However, there will be a ceiling of Rs.two lakh per annum per student for private sector institutions and Rs.3.72 lakh per student for the private sector flying clubs for Commercial Pilot Training;

(ii) Living expenses will be provided as per actual subject to maximum ceiling of Rs.3000 per month;

(iii) Books and stationery for Rs.3000 per annum;

(iv) Full cost of a latest computer along with its accessories limited to Rs.45,000 as one time assistance during the course.

The Scheme will be funded by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs on 100 percent basis. In the first year of implementation of the scheme, a sum of Rs.20.46 crore will be required, which will go up to Rs.60.42 crore in the fifth year.

The scheme is likely to benefit 635 students in first year and 7910 students during the five-year period of its operation.

ANI

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