To promote education to north-eastern students, Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have come up with an idea to internship programme called 'Ishaan Vikaas' to these students.
According to this internship programme, students will receive Rs 8,000/- per month as stipend.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and HRD Minister Smiriti Irani had received the presentation about the programme, and they approved the programme.
IIT Guwahati Director, Gaitam Biswas had presented the presentation to the PM and HRD Minister.
According to a newspaper, an IIT Director said that there is an imbalance between the educational facilities available in the north-eastern states and the rest of the country. He added that the students in this region are not aware of the opportunities in higher education and therefore lack the ambition to succeed. The proposal made on behalf of the IITs aims at helping them spend time at the country's best institutes to hone their approach to academics and life.
Under this 'Ishaan Vikass' scheme, around 2,016 students of classes 9th and 10th which will be selected from the 501 schools from this region to 16 IITs and 5 IISERs in one academic year.
An annual expenditure of Rs 5.4 crore has been projected by IITs for hosting schools students and Rs 1.2 crore for the internship programme.