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Delhi govt OKs revision of scholarship schemes for SC, ST, OBC students

NEW DELH: Delhi Cabinet gave nod to the revision of scholarship schemes for SC/ST/OBC/Minority category students, by which now the Delhi government will reimburse tuition fees to the students from these communities, from class I-XII. The government will also provide financial assistance for the purchase of stationery to these students studying public-private schools of Delhi.

The Cabinet chaired by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday approved the revision. An official statement said the department for the welfare of SC, ST, and OBC has reviewed the scholarship schemes in the present scenario and aims to simplify the schemes for students who apply online as well as for government agencies for smooth processing approval of the scholarship. "The cabinet today chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal approved the revision," it said. The schemes for SC, ST, OBC and minority students include reimbursement of tuition fees to the students of class I to XII studying in recognised public-private schools of Delhi, financial assistance for purchase of stationery, merit scholarship for those studying in class I to XII and in professional or technical colleges and universities.

Every year scholarship schemes for students from various academic levels and socio-economic background are run by various state departments. This year some new additions have been made to scholarship by Delhi government. On December 9, 2017, the Delhi government had also launched a scheme to provide SC/ST students with free coaching to crack various competitive exams required for entry into engineering, medical and other colleges in India. Within just one year, over 4000 students have enrolled in the scheme.

"The scheme provides free coaching for students preparing for civil services, judicial services, banking, engineering, medicine, and other competitive examinations through known and established coaching institutions. Social Welfare minister Rajendra Pal Gautam, who is also the chairperson of the Delhi Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), Other Backward Class (OBC), Minority and Handicapped Finance and Development Corporation Ltd, discussed ways to reach out to more students. "Over 4000 students have enrolled for the coaching facilities for various courses so far out of the targeted 5000 students in a year," said a government statement.

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