Delhi Cab nod for scholarship to socio-econ backward for higher edn

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New Delhi, Aug 11 (UNI) The Delhi Cabinet today gave its nod for grant of scholarship to socially/economically backward students admitted to a university, aided, un-aided or affiliated institutions in the Capital city.

At a meeting, chaired by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, the Cabinet also approved guidelines to permit new institutes to run courses from Lal-Dora or extended Lal-Dora area. The Cabinet also recommended summoning of a three-day Monsoon Session of the Legislative Assembly from August 3 and has also congratulated Abhinav Bindra, who has won a gold medal for his country in an individual event after 108 years.

Briefing mediapersons after the Cabinet Meeting, Ms Dikshit said her government has taken a big step to exhort socially and economically backward students, to come forward to enroll themselves in higher education.

It has decided to constitute Delhi Higher Education Aid Trust, which would be headed by Minister, Higher Education. The Trust is being constituted with an aim to offer scholarships to socially or economically backward students admitted in a University, college or institution, aided, un-aided or affiliated to a University established under any law made by the Delhi Legislative Assembly.

A Higher Education Scholarship Fund would also be made functional under Section 15 of the Delhi Professional Colleges or Institutions Act, 2007. The Government would contribute an amount of Rs one crore as corpus fund for carrying out the objects of the scheme.

The government would also allow self-financing institutions to run second shift on the condition that they will deposit 25 per cent of the total fee collected from students, admitted in second shift, with the Higher Education Scholarship Fund. This fund would be used for providing scholarship to the socially and economically backward students.

The Delhi CM said the main objectives of the Trust are to provide scholarship to socially and economically backward students, furnish education loans to socially and economically backward students and to grant stipend/prizes, rewards and allowances or other financial assistance. She said this would go a long way in the uplift of socially and economically backward students and enable them to acquire excellence.

''It is in accordance with our commitment to provide all necessary assistance to socially/economically backward students,'' Ms Dikshit said.

A committee is being constituted to finalise details for implementation of this scheme.

The Cabinet has approved guidelines to permit new institutes to run courses from Lal-Dora and extended Lal-Dora area. Some organisations are running schools and providing other services like rehabilitation through facilities located on Lal-Dora and extended Lal-Dora. They have been demanding that they be allowed to run degree level courses in their buildings, located on this area, Ms Dikshit added.

The new institutes will have to prove that they are operating in the Lal-Dora or extended Lal-Dora for at least two years, prior to the notification of 2021 MPD, have NOC/affiliation from the regulatory body concerned. It would have to furnish proof in support of its claim that it offers 'certificate course' of at least one-year duration and the 'degree course' of at least three-year duration and at least 200 students must be benefitted from these courses, within the period of two years.

Further, the institute must have physical and academic infrastructure for seeking affiliation with the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU).

The land use shall be governed as per the MPD 2021 and the Zonal Plans. The schools running in Lal-Dora or extended Lal-Dora area, having 2.5 acre land would also be considered for issue of NOC for starting B Ed courses, subject to similar conditions.

The government had earlier permitted institutes located in this area to continue for the year 2008-09 with certain riders.

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