Panaji, Nov 14 (UNI) In a bid to give boost to meritorious and outstanding talent, the Goa government has identified five deserving students, including two women, for awarding financial assistance under the ''Goa Scholars Scheme'' for the current fiscal year.
Announcing this here yesterday, Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat told mediapersons that three of them would be given Rs 2 lakhs each per annum for two years to pursue post-graduate studies in institutions of proven excellence within the country.
Two others would be given one time grant of US 15,000 dollars each for studying abroad. All these scholars are below 30 years with ten years domicile status, possessing intellectual distinction, merit and promising qualities.
The scheme, introduced in 2003-04 had benefited 4 scholars out of 48 applicants, followed by 5 in 2004-05 among 74 applicants, six among 46 in the previous year and five among 53 for the current fiscal year.
Among the scholars Mr Snehit Anant Prabhu got admission in a US institution for IT Engineering studies and Ms D'Melo John Maria was admitted to the Royal College of Music, London. While the other scholars Dr Bikash S Dahu, Mr Prajwal P Ravinder and Ms Srithi Bhaskar Nair got admissions in various top institutions in India for higher studies.
A committee headed by Goa University Vice-Chancellor, Dilip Devabagkar conducted the selection process.