Post-Matric Scholarship Scheme for Minority Indians
The government of India has decided to launch an online scholarship management system to ensure transparency in the implementation of its plan for uplifting the standards of students belonging to minority communities. Salman khurshid minister of minority affairs will initiate video conferencing with the states for better execution of MsDP (Multi-sectoral Development Plans) in the minority districts of the country, which are way behind the national parameters of development. The online management system deals with both pre-matric and post-matric students from minority communities for professional and technical education.
The ministry of minority affairs has exceeded scholarship budgets in both pre-matric and post-matric schemes. In the pre matric scholarship, more than 37 lakh scholarships are in stake against just 20-lakh scholarship compared to last year. The financial target was increased to Rs 600 crore this year compared to 450 crore last year.
In the past matric scholarship, the ministry has a target of providing 4 lakh scholarship but distributed scholarship to over 5 lakh students. The allocation of scholarship was raised to Rs 450 crore from Rs 250 crore of last year.
According to the sources video conferencing was introduces to ensure effective monitoring of MDP in minority districts with concentration of people as the number of states are eager to show the effects of such schemes in such areas. Video conferencing can save travelling time and ensure that the central government can directly interact with state government authorities and achieve better results. Ministry of minority affairs conducted a detailed meeting with minority secretaries of various union territories and states informing the need of better implementation of MsDP. In the meeting the minister also emphasis on to pay special attention in the execution of the online scholarship management system also asking them to send detailed district plans by April so that all plans gets approved by mid May.