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HRD Ministry Constitutes National Testing Agency

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National Testing Agency by HRD Ministry
The HRD Ministry has decided to set up a seven member Task Force under the Chairmanship of Prof. Sanjay Dhande, Ex-Director, IIT. It will have the representatives from CBSE, UGC, NCERT, AICTE and from the Ministry.

It will prepare a blue print for creating a special purpose vehicle to take the concept of National Testing Agency (NTA) forward.

The rationale for setting up the NTA lies in ensuring that multiplicity of entrance examination leading to stress on the students is addressed in a comprehensive manner by formulating a uniform entrance examination for admissions in different branches of higher learning.

The decision for setting up the National Testing Agency was taken in the meeting of Central Advisory Board for Education (CABE) which was held on 2nd April this year.

In the meeting it was decided that the proposal to set up National Testing Agency shall be taken forward in consultation with all stakeholders.

Disbursement of Funds from HRD Minister's Discretionary Fund to Needy Students:
The HRD Ministry has decided to provide financial assistance for higher education to needy children who have passed with minimum B1 grade under CBSE grading system in 10th / 12th examination.

Parents' income of such children should not exceed Rs. 5000/- per month. The amount of grant given to such meritorious students shall not exceed Rs. 20,000/- for Class X and Rs. 40,000/ for class XII during any one financial year.

Grants for financial assistance will be sanctioned from HRD Minister's Discretionary Fund. Preference will be given to physically handicapped children; children belonging to SC/ST/OBC/ex-servicemen/girl child from rural area and girl child under BPL.

To avail assistance under HRM's discretionary fund, the students need to apply in the prescribed application form available in the website mhrd.gov.in.

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