‘Post Matric Scholarship Scheme can uplift SC / ST Students’
Chennai – based social movement Thudi Iyakkam has been conducting seminars and conferences across the State to make the benefits of the Post – Matric Scholarship Scheme reach the maximum number of Dalit students.
As part of its campaign, it has organised a seminar in Madurai on 22nd May, 2013.
Bharathi Prabhu, Director, Thudi Iyakkam, said the scholarship scheme, announced through Government Order No:6, was called Fee Reimbursement Scheme. Later to rectify various anomalies in it, a new set of norms were listed in Government Order No:92 on September 11, 2012.
The scheme, as conceived, would bring about a sea change in the lives of SC / ST students.
As per the G.O, the SC / ST students and SC / ST Christian converts, with a parental income of less than 2 lakh, did not have to pay any fees to the self – financing educational institutions they joined, he said, and added that students admitted under management quota could also get this scholarship. The self – financing colleges were asked not to collect the fees from the candidates covered under the scheme, and the Directorates of Technical, Medical and Collegiate Education should ensure their compliance to the rule.
The Directorates of Technical Education, Medical Education and Collegiate Education had been directed to collect data about eligible students and the fees from the self-financing colleges and get the required amount from the office of the Commissioner of Adi-Dravidar Welfare.
In the case of students joining Annamalai University and self – supporting courses offered by Anna University, the fees prescribed by the committee would be applicable. The Commissioner of Adi – Dravidar Welfare would ensure allocation of funds to the offices of the Directors concerned at the beginning of the academic year.
To monitor the implementation of the scheme, a committee of officials should be constituted by the Commissioner of Adi Dravidar Welfare, the G.O. added.
However, there had been no increase in enrolment of the SC / ST students and there were numerous institutions across the state which had to comply with the order. So, Thudi Iyakkam demanded that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa should look into the issue and direct educational institutions to abide by the order, Mr.Prabhu noted.
Scholarship Date Extended
Of the 14.36 lakh students supposed to have applied online for renewal of their post – matric scholarships, only 13.63 lakh have done so far, forcing the government to extend the last date to September 15, 2011.
At a regional-level departmental review meeting of Chittoor, Nellore, Kadapa, Anantapur and Kurnool districts here on September 6, 2011. Minister for Social Welfare Pithani Satyanarayana asked students to apply online at the earliest to avoid delay. “For enhanced transparency, details of the students should have been uploaded on the website and be available online for scrutiny,” he observed.
Every government department should earmark 16.2 per cent of its budget allocation for the social welfare department, for disbursement towards SC sub-plan outlay in areas such as SC land rejuvenation and infrastructure development in SC hamlets / colonies. The Deputy Directors of the department will be empowered to take up such works in their respective areas, while the concerned district Collectors would supervise the progress.
He also announced that procurement of rice, pulses and wheat for the social welfare hostels from the Civil Supplies Department had begun on September 1, 2011. After ‘green channel’ status was accorded to the department, with direct intervention from Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, payments towards salaries of contract teachers, temporary employees, rent, electricity and other bills were being made regularly every month, thus avoiding stagnation. For the benefit of employees, the department will have a computerised ‘Human Resource Management System’, Mr. Satyanarayana said, adding that notification would soon be issued for filling up 543 posts in the department.
Plea to Minister
Meanwhile, Girijana Vidyarthi Samakhya ( GVS ) submitted a representation to the Minister seeking steps to fill up posts of welfare officers ( wardens ) in the BC / SC / ST hostels. GVS State president V. Sankar Naik appealed to the Minister that the mess charges be hiked from the present 575 per month per student to 1200 in tune with the growing cost of essential commodities.
Post Matric Scholarships to Rural Students
The Cabinet has approved the ‘Twin track approach’ of giving post-matric scholarship to meritorious students from weaker sections in rural areas and enable them join reputed colleges in the private sector.
The decision would benefit 5,500 students belonging to SC, ST, BC, physically-challenged and EBCs during 2020-11 and it would cost 42 crore.
The government would simultaneously work on strengthening government colleges on par with private colleges.
Information Minister J. Geetha Reddy here on Thursday said that the scheme was started by the Rural Development department in 2008-09.
Now it would be part of ongoing post-matric scholarship scheme.
The selection of meritorious students with a minimum of 450 marks in SSC exam would be selected on the basis of merit by district selection committee.
Mr. Rosaiah said that ‘Sadbhavana Diwas’ on Friday to mark the birthday of late Rajiv Gandhi be celebrated on a grand scale by the party leaders and workers at the State Capital and also in the districts.
The death anniversary of Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy would be observed in a befitting manner by the government in all the districts.