New Delhi, August 6: In what can be called as a move to make international education affordable and accessible, the Delhi government is planning to launch a scholarship scheme to fund higher studies of around 100 Dalit students overseas.
“The proposal is likely to be put before the state cabinet soon to fund higher studies of around 100 Dalit students,” Delhi’s SC & ST Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam was quoted as saying by a news agency.
Meritorious students, who are willing to pursue MPhil and PhD courses in Art, Agriculture, Law, Medicine, and Engineering, will be provided the financial assistance of up to Rs 10 lakh and Rs 20 lakh for two-year course and four-year course respectively.
“The government will provide financial assistance up to Rs10 lakh for a two-year course and up to Rs20 lakh for a four-year course to around 100 candidates. This is for the first time that the Delhi government is taking such initiative,” Gautam added.
To be eligible for this scholarship, the family income ceiling of the deserving candidate should be within Rs6 lakh.
“Pursuing higher studies abroad is a costly affair. We have no dearth of talented people who can accomplish anything given equal opportunities. The Delhi government led by the AAP has decided to help these people,” he said.
Citing the example of BR Ambedkar of how the ruler of Baroda Saiyyaji Rao Gaekwad funded his education abroad, the minister said this gave him a chance to hone his talent and the rest is history.
More for Dalit students
To facilitate the education of Dalit students, the Delhi government had last year launched the ‘Jai Bhim Mukhyemantri Pratibha Vikas Yojana’ to provide free-coaching to them for various exams.
In total 35 out of 107 students who got free coaching for engineering and medical entrance exams have qualified for JEE Main and NEET this year.
As per official updates, over 4000 students had enrolled for coaching for various exams, including those conducted by the UPSC, SSC, and Railway Recruitment Board.
Though this is happening for the first time by the Delhi government, but this is not the first scheme for the Central government to facilitate the higher studies of students from backward community.
The Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has already a scheme in place that provides financial support to 100 candidates each year under the National Overseas Scholarship for Scheduled Caste Students.
The Ministry provides scholarship worth Rs10 lakh to candidates who are eligible to pursue master-level course and PhD in foreign universities in the field of Science, Engineering, Management, Medicine, Commerce, Humanities, Social Science, and Fine Arts.