New Delhi, August 5: A scheme for funding higher studies of around 100 Dalit students overseas will soon be launched by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led Delhi government. Under the scheme, meritorious students will be able to apply, who are interested in pursuing M.Phil. and Ph.D. courses in the fields of art, agriculture, law, medicine, and engineering, etc. Delhi’s SC & ST Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam told media that the proposal is expected to be put before the cabinet soon.
Financial help of Rs. 10-20 lakhs to be given
Financial assistance of up to rupees ten lakh for a two-year course and up to rupees twenty lakh for a four-year course will be provided to nearly 100 candidates by the government. Mr. Gautam said that it is happening for the first time in Delhi.
He shared that a family income ceiling of rupees six lakh is expected. “Pursuing higher studies abroad costs a great deal of money. We have no dearth of talented people who can accomplish anything given equal opportunities. The AAP government has decided to hold their hand,” the minister has been quoted as saying to a national daily.
He added, “Saiyyaji Rao Gaekwad, the erstwhile ruler of Baroda state, funded Bhim Rao Ambedkar’s education abroad, giving him a chance to showcase his talent and the rest is history.”
Under the National Overseas Scholarship for scheduled caste students, financial support to 100 candidates every year was also provided by the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. As a part of the scheme, those pursuing a master-level course and Ph.D. in foreign universities in the field of science, engineering, management, medicine, commerce, humanities, social science, and fine arts are given USD 15,400 or around rupees ten lakh.
Jai Bhim Mukhyemantri Pratibha Vikas Yojana launched last year
In 2018, the Jai Bhim Mukhyemantri Pratibha Vikas Yojana was introduced by the AAP government for providing free coaching to Dalit students for several examinations. As many as 35 of the 107 students, who got free coaching for engineering and medical entrance exams, have qualified for JEE Main and NEET this year. According to the officials, a total of 4,953 students enrolled for availing coaching for various exams under the scheme. This involves entrance exams held by the UPSC, SSC, banks, Railway Recruitment Board, Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board and insurance companies in 2018-19.