New Delhi, Dec 10 (UNI) The ambitious post-matric scholarhsip for minorities, which has been cleared by the Government, brings special cheer to girl students.
As per the details released by the Ministry, as much as 30 per cent of scholarships will be earmarked for girls schools.
This decision has been taken in view of the poor state of girls' education, especially among Muslims, an official said.
The scholarship, which is to benefit 15 lakh students, will be implemented from the coming academic session.
The scheme invloves an expenditure of Rs 1,468 Crore during the 11th Plan period. It has been included in the annual plan 2007-08 with the provision of Rs 100 Crore.
The scheme, to be implemented by the Ministry of Minority Affairs through state governments, will be 100 per cent funded by the Centre.
Those studying in government higher secondary schools/ colleges, including residential government higher secondary schools and such private institutions recongnised by an appropriate authority are eligible for scholarship.
Only students securing 50 per cent or above marks in previous final exam are eligible for scholarship.
The aim of the scheme is to help the meritorious students from minority communities go in for higher education and technical and vocational courses.
The post-matric scholarship scheme would involve a recurring expenditure of Rs 1,530 crore during the eleventh Five Year Plan.
The distribution of scholarships among the states would be made on the basis of the population of the notified minorities as per the Census of 2001.