Acche din! 3.54 Crore SC, OBC students covered under Digital Payment of 14 Scholarship Schemes
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 17-Apr-2017

New Delhi, April 17: As many as 3.45 crore students belong to Scheduled Castes (SC) and Other Backward Classes (OBC) are covered under digital payment of 14 scholarship schemes. However, all Scholarship amount are released to students’ bank account and there is 60% Aadhaar seeding in SC student bank account.
Notably, this was stated by Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot during a press conference on “Major Social Welfare Initiatives” on Saturday. The way of educational empowerment for SCs is through scholarships, hostels for students, coaching facilities, capital for creation/upgradation of premises, institution etc.

Importantly, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment implements seven different types of scholarships, which include: Post and Pre-Matric Scholarships; Top Class Scholarship; National Overseas Scholarships; National Fellowship for Scheduled Castes administered by the UGC; Pre-Matric Scholarship for Children of those engaged in unclean occupations; Free Coaching for Scheduled Castes and OBCs (70: 30 ratio); and Upgradation of merit.

The Government of India believes that Education for all is the key to empowerment. Nearly 54 % of Budget of the M/o SJ&E is incurred on scholarships for Scheduled castes. Each branch of public sector banks has been assigned responsibility by the Finance Ministry to handhold at least one SC/ST youth, as an entrepreneur, to generate more employment among them.