Chandigarh, Dec 4 (UNI) The Haryana Government has introduced new schemes of scholarship for students belonging to Scheduled Castes and General categories under Special Component Plan Scheme.
A sum of Rs seven crore has been earmarked during the current financial year to implement these schemes.
Haryana Education Minister Mange Ram Gupta today said three schemes of scholarship had been introduced for the students belonging to Scheduled Castes.
He said with a view to empowering these students for employment in Information Technology upgradation of computer lab was being done at all the government colleges.
Mr Gupta said under the scheme 1,000 computer for training to Scheduled Castes students would be provided. Besides, computer lab in all government colleges would also be upgraded and a sum of Rs 3.50 crore had been earmarked during the current financial year.
He said similarly computer training would be provided to 9000 Scheduled Castes students and under the scheme the students who had successfully completed at least one such course in the final year of the graduation course would be awarded 1500 free computers.
Mr Gupta said the Haryana Government had also implemented a scheme under which bicycle would be provided to girls belonging to Scheduled Castes in Government colleges. Under this scheme, a bicycle would be provided only to those Scheduled Castes girls students who had secured 50 per cent marks or above in 10+2 or in above classes.
About 3000 girls students would get the benefit of the scheme and a sum of Rs 75.00 lakh had been earmarked for this purpose during the current financial year, he added.
The Education Minister said a scheme of providing books to the students belonging to Scheduled Castes studying in the Government Colleges had also been started.
Under the scheme, Scheduled Castes students would be provided a complete set of text books during their study period in each class and as many as 9000 students would get the benefit of this innovative scheme. The government would incur a sum of Rs two crore for this purpose during the current financial year.