Meira gives away scholarship award to meritorious S C students

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New Delhi, May 26 (UNI) Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Meira Kumar today gave away Scholarship awards to the meritorious students of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes from State Education Board/Council Examinations at a function here.

As many 167 students from 16 states received the awards under the Dr Ambedkar National Merit Scholarship Scheme.

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Mrs Kumar, who is also Chairperson of Dr Ambedkar Foundation, urged the students to acquire knowledge from all possible means, including the information technology.

She expressed the hope that all the meritorious students would continue their study for higher Education. Mr K M Acharya Secretary of the Ministry was also present at the function here.

Mrs Kumar told the awardees that the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment runs various schemes for the SC students that is Top Class Education Scheme for providing professional courses in edicine, engineering, law, fashion technology another through 127 institutes of eminence; Rajiv Gandhi National Scholarship Scheme for providing scholarship in M. Phil and P.hd and Post metric Scholarship Scheme for SC students.

Under the National Overseas Scholarship Scheme, she said, the Ministry had increased the financial support for students from 8200 Dollars to14,000 Dollars in USA and 5200 Pounds to 9,000 Pounds in Britain.

Beside these, it was also running Professional Pilot Licensing Course to trained SC students in civil aviation sector and Babu Jagjivan Ram Hostel Scheme to provide accommodation to SC students, she said.

Dr Ambedkar National Merit Scholarships were given to recognise, promote and assist meritorious students belonging to weaker sections for pursuing higher studies.

These Scholarships are given to the three students scoring highest marks in the regular class Xth level examination conducted by the State Education Boards and Central Boards/Council.

There are separate scholarships for SCs and STs. In case none of the first three eligible students is a girl, the student scoring the highest marks in the merit list will get a special award.

Thus, there shall be four awards for each of the 29 Boards for SCs and STs separately. In case of more than one student getting the same marks, the number of awards would be suitably increased for covering all such eligible students.

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