UT scholarships fail to attract more students

By Anusha

UT scholarships fail to attract more students

The amount of money offered by the UT Education Department as the academic scholarships in 10 categories for its students, fails to attract them. In certain cases the scholarship amount lies in the range of Rs 150 and Rs 200 per month. In addition, the process to avail this amount is tedious and hence students tend to prevent it.

According to the statistics systemised by the department of education for 2013-2014, the talent search scholarship and for the underprivileged students belonging to SC category, had no beneficiaries. Moreover, this year there are only 12 takers for the merit scholarship which is given based on the class V scholarship exam.

Government schools' students complain regarding the lack of information about scholarships given. A class VIII student at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 21 said "There are no announcements about the scholarships, nothing is mentioned on the noticeboards and we are not even given the prospectus where the scholarships are mentioned with the conditions and procedure for applying for them."

"Students do not have a problem with the lesser amount of the scholarship but the whole procedure for application and sanction is slow. If a class X student has applied for a merit-based scholarship, he will receive the scholarship only after he leaves the school after doing his class XII," said a teacher on the condition of anonymity.

In order to admit maximum girl students, to ensure enrolment of all SC/ST students in the age group of 6-14 years and to improve their attendance in schools, there are scholarships worth Rs 250 per month for a period of 10 months. Scholarships for physically challenged students are included in the list of scholarships offered. It is worth Rs 250 and it is given for 12 months to the students of classes 1 to V, and Rs 300 for 12 months to the students of classes VI to VIII. Further, to revamp the pass percentage and the merit of the students of classes IX to XII, scholarships worth Rs 300 and Rs 350 are provided for 12 months respectively.

This year, there are just 36 takes for class VIII merit scholarship, while 129 have applied for the scholarship to the physically challenged. As many as 9,138 have applied under the attendance scholarship. 564 students have applied for merit scholarship to class IX to XII students.

Centrally sponsored schemes are the scholarships which provide an appropriate financial support worth Rs 500-3,000 per student. During the year 2013-2014, 214 girls have applied for scholarships under the National Scheme of Incentive to SC girls for secondary education. However, only after the beneficiaries have attained the age of 18 years after qualifying class X exam, will they be able to draw a payment of Rs 3,000.

This also includes pre-matric scholarships to the students of minority communities, tuition fee of up to Rs 350, admission fee of up to Rs 500 and maintenance allowance of Rs 100 per month are given to the students for a year. 3,000 Sikhs, 800 Muslims, 200 Christians, 18 Parsis and 36 Buddhists have to get scholarships from the Central government. About 1,849 students of Sikh have applied for the scholarship. Under the Muslim category 2,597 students have applied for the scholarship. 144 students of Christian community have applied, and only 1 student from Buddhist community has applied for the scholarship.

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