Applications for Scholarship Invited
The office of the Chamarajanagar district Social Welfare Department ( SWD )has invited applications from law graduates belonging to Scheduled Caste communities for administrative training in giving justice.
Candidates should not be older than 35 years, according to the release.
Those selected will be paid a monthly scholarship of 1,000.
The candidates should submit the application in prescribed form along with xerox copies of marks cards, Bar council registration certificate, caste and income certificate issued by the tahsildars of respective taluks.
Those interested may obtain the prescribed application form from the department’s office here submit them before September 29, 2011.
Course Completed, but no sign of Scholarship
Govind Naik successfully completed his two-year diploma course at the Government Industrial Training Institute (ITI) this year.
He is one among the Scheduled Caste students to receive a scholarship from the Government. However, for the last two years, the Social Welfare Department has not released the money.
Mr. Naik, a native of Asihal Tanda here, even after finishing his course, is running pillar to post enquiring about the delay in the release of his scholarship.
Mr. Naik said that since last year he had been requesting the department to release scholarship, but there was no proper response from the officials. He was forced to pay the admission and tuition fees on his own.
In his two years of study at ITI, he spent about 20,000 borrowed from different sources.
He recently cleared the physical test for the post of police constable. He now needs to repay the loan before leaving his place to appear for the written examination in Bangalore.
Mr. Naik is not alone, though. As many as 814 students at various Government colleges in the district, who were eligible for the scholarship, have been facing similar problems.
To encourage students belonging to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes to maintain competency in their studies, the State Government provides budgetary allocations every year for scholarships.
The scholarship sanctioned to the students is to be adjusted against the admission and tuition fees at their respective colleges.
This year, the District Social Welfare Department here had submitted an proposal to the Government seeking the release of 1.75 crore under plan and another 1.66 crore under non-plan to meet the requirement as per the list of eligible students for the year 2010-11.
But so far, the Government has released only Rs. 33.35 lakh under plan and 35 lakh under non-plan to the department.
The department had also submitted a separate indent to the Government in February seeking the release of an additional grant of 33.35 lakh to clear the pending payment of scholarships for the years 2007-08 and 2008-09. This, too, has not been released.
The shortage in grants has affected timely release of scholarships to students. Many who completed their pre-university study in the last three years, have still been waiting for the release of their scholarships.