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India to spend Rs 3k Cr to check school dropouts

Over one lakh meritorious students from economically weaker sections would be awarded Rs 6,000 per annum scholarship at the beginning of their class ninth session, till class 12.

New Delhi: In its bid to encourage students to continue their education beyond class eight, the Government of India on Friday approved a Rs 3,004-crore scholarship scheme for meritorious students of economically weaker sections.

The National means-cum-merit-Scholarship, to be implemented during the 11th Five Year Plan, would grant Rs 6,000 per annum scholarship to over one lakh students at the beginning of their class ninth session, till class 12.

According to the plan chalked out by the country's Ministry Human Resource Development (MHRD), over one lakh students would be awarded the Rs 6,000 per annum scholarship at the beginning of their class ninth session, till class 12.
The scholarship, which is limited to those studying in government, local body and government aided schools, would be given to students from the economically weaker sections whose overall parental income is not more that Rs 1.5 lakh.
Students would be selected through a state level examination for the class eight students that the government plans to conducted along with the first stage selection test of the National Talent Search Examination conducted under the NCERT.

To fund this scheme a corpus would be set up with the State bank of India during the current fiscal. While the government plans to invest Rs 750 crore during 2008-09, it would further pump in the matching amount to the fund every year for the next three years.

According to MHRD, the yield from the fund would be used for the scholarship scheme.
—iGovernment Bureau

Congratulations to initiate the scheme. I will like to draw your attention towards North Eastern States; specially in Meghalaya. The dropout rate is very high and the ratio between primary and Secondary schools is very high. Lack of Secondary schools also compel them to leave schools. Open schooling may be prioritised in these States.
Neelam Sinha
Rerired as Joint Director,NIOS, Delhi

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It is a very good scheme. The only hitch that needs to be addresseed is the targetting of beneciaries. The undeseving should be checked out.

Apathra Danam Maha Papam

It is a heartening to note about trying to reduce the level of schooldroup outs. But it is abject poverty and ignorance that is seducing these childern away from the schools. Hence ways and means through educational research have to be found out to find solutions for these in order to minimise these school dropouts.

Job Stephen P.R.
Disability and Disaster Management Specialist

If the stated purpose of this scheme is to 'check drop out', then it appears to assume that the students most at risk of dropping out are those who are capable of making it to the top one lakh of a nation wide talent search examination. the top one lakh will be the cream of students in schools which are able to participate in such examinations.Which research shows us that such students are most at risk of dropping out?
While such a scheme may certainly be motivating and facilitating to those already excelling, and for this reason, very welcome, however to address those most at risk of drop out, a very differently designed scheme may be needed.

Its really a good news but what about already existing scholarship schemes particularly for marginalized community children. They have not been paid for a long time and due to this they have to leave their schools. The economacally weaker section is a very controvertial term. A large number of rich people in the country have got Below Poverty Line cards with them and similarly the income certificates. So how the proposed scheme would really benefit the needy children is something we need to think.





How much amount from this scheme shall be used for the right cause? It has been our experience that around 20 percent of the amount is eaten by the middle men or staff or representative of some organization. How will you ensure that there shall be full transperancy in this deal?

Very well done India.

There is still lot to be done.
Dr Kiran Aggarwal(Delhi)
Coordinator Child Rights/Protection Programme of Indian Academy of Pediatrics

Dear Sir,
"India to spend Rs. 3,000 crore to check school dropouts" is a good news. According to this scheme in order to check school dropouts, a scholarship of Rs. 6000 per annum will be given to a meritorious student from 9th class to 12th. However, to select the student why another examination is to be held? Allready in most of the states, examination is held annually for 8th class students - popularly known as Board's examination. It is suggested that on the basis of Board's examination the proposed 100,000 scholarships should be given to students by the Government. Congratulations for working out this scheme.
S.C. Aggarwal,
Founder, Poverty Trust,

An excellent programme to bring up all deserving students without the burden of reservation. We must support such programme.

This may be a welcoming and encourageing initiative by the Government. As the parental income set for the scholarship is upto 1.5 lakh, there are many chances to the urban children to be benifited more. There are many families living below poverty line. Most of the children droping out are from the lower income group than the middle income group. The scholarships will definately encourge the children to appear for state level competitive schlorship exam. This initiative needs more advertisement and awareness building in the rural India under equal Opportunities.

Excellent scheme. Let it be protected from (i) 'Rajiv Gandhi Fear'-- only 15% of Rs.6000 reaching the actual beneficiary; (ii) from caste bais benefitting really the poor whether they are born in the so called upper caste or lower caste; (iii)party cadre bias.

None of the three cautions are cynicism. Please visit rural areas (little interior where Government does not exist or reach out) and watch who are benefitting from UPA Government's "Flag Ship Programmes" NREGP, Mid-day Meal and civil works of SSA.

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