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South Carolina Students Will Get Scholarship Money Directly

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided on Wednesday to give a big boost to efforts to ensure that students from Scheduled Castes (SC) are given ample opportunity to pursue higher education by increasing the budget. of a key scholarship scheme. five times.

The Center also decided that the plan would be simplified and funds would be deposited directly into students’ bank accounts.

The Union’s minister for social justice and empowerment, Thaawar Chand Gehlot, said the Center’s share of the cost of the plan relative to that of the states had also increased. The Center will pay 60% of the amount of the scholarship, while the states will pay 40% of the cost, he said at a press conference.

According to a person familiar with developments, the Center’s contribution today is around 11% under a committed responsibility scheme.

The CCEA has approved major and transformative changes to the centrally sponsored Post Matric Scholarship Plan for students belonging to Scheduled Castes to benefit at least 40 million SC students over the next five years so that they can successfully complete their higher education, said an official statement.

“Today’s cabinet decision on the post-matrix scholarship will guarantee greater educational access to young people who belong to SC communities. Ensuring high quality and affordable education for our youth is an important focus area for our government, ”tweeted Prime Minister Modi.

The Scheduled Caste Post-Matriculation Scholarship Program allows students to pursue any post-matriculation course from class 11 onwards.

The cabinet has approved a total investment of Rs 59,048 crore, of which the Center would contribute Rs 35,534 crore, or 60%, and the states would provide the remainder. Central attendance was around Rs 1,100 crore annually during 2017-18 to 2019-20.

The central government is committed to giving a big boost to this effort so that the gross enrollment rate (GER) in higher education of SC students reaches the national standard in five years, the statement said. The GER ratio for SC students is around 20%, while the national average is 27%.

The focus of the scheme would be on the enrollment of the poorest students, punctual payments, comprehensive responsibility, continuous monitoring, and total transparency. A campaign will be launched to enroll students from the poorest households who pass standard 10 in higher education courses of their choice, he added.

According to government estimates, 13.6 million students who are not currently in higher education could do so in the next five years thanks to the renewed plan.

The scheme will run on an online platform with strong cyber security measures that would ensure transparency, accountability, efficiency and timely delivery of assistance without delay, according to the statement.

Social Justice Secretary R Subrahmanyam said that nearly two-thirds of SC students in higher education will benefit from the scheme.

Social activist Beena Pallical said that support is a lifesaver for students from the weakest sectors. “We really welcome the move to strengthen the scheme and increase funding and strengthen the scheme,” he said.

Eminent educators and former UGC member Inder Mohan Kapahy said: “If the 50% GER target envisaged in NEP 2020 is to be achieved, large investments will be required to encourage the socially backward classes for higher education. Currently, the GER is around 27%, and for SC and ST it is 20% and 15%, respectively. The government of the Union increasing the budget for Post Matric scholarships by more than 550% will certainly help ”.

Merger of cinematic media units

The Union Cabinet approved the merger of four government cinematographic media units with the NFDC with the aim of converging activities and resources and better coordination to guarantee synergy and efficiency in the fulfillment of the mandate of the bodies.

An official statement said that the Films Division, Film Festival Directorate, National Film Archives of India and Children’s Film Society of India will merge with the National Film Development Corporation Limited by expanding the memorandum of statutes. of the NFDC, which will then carry out all the activities carried out by the four organizations.

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