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We will help SC/STs earn PhDs abroad: Delhi Govt

We will help SC/STs earn PhDs abroad: Delhi Govt

NEW DELHI: Delhi government is working on a scheme under which it would be able to provide monetary benefits to students from SC/ST and backward communities to go abroad for pursuing PhD. The plan is still in an ideation stage but likely to come up by early next year. "The government will set a target every year regarding how many students can get the financial support," said an official.

Social welfare department officials are looking into the proposal as given by minister Rajendra Pal Gautam. The scheme will focus on the students who have a limited family income but with extraordinary result. "I meet many students who love to study and doing very well. Studying abroad is a dream to these people, if the government can help such students to study abroad that would be an achievement and also encouraging for them," said Gautam.

He added that education should be the prime focus of minority development and these efforts would have a long-lasting effect. "We are discussing every aspect of such plan. To make a plan like this is not easy but as we have enough fund to do that I think it is possible. We cannot give the fund to everyone but the students who are really good but the family income is less, only these people will get the money," he said.

The official level discussion is still on and the scheme should be passed from all the departments like finance, law and others. The department is hopefull in the initial months of next year the government can finalise this plan. The students who come from SC/ST background often show good result but the opportunity for such students are less in India.

The Delhi government also has a scheme called Jai Bhim Mukhyamantri Pratibha Vikas Yojana for providing free pre-coaching scheme for SC/ST students for preparing themselves for various examinations conducted by UPSC, DSSSB, SSC, Railway Recruitment Board and other examinations of officers grade conducted by banks and insurance companies and for preparing for pre-examination for medical and engineering education. The assistance will be started for 100 students and extended to 5,000 students. Students whose family income is less than Rs. 2 lakh will get 100 per cent assistance, while families with income of Rs. 2-6 lakh will get 75 per cent assistance. The government will also provide students with a monthly stipend of Rs 2,500 apart from the free coaching.

Sayantan Ghosh

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