Delhi to give scholarships to economically poor students

August 11th, 2008 - 8:29 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Abhinav Bindra

New Delhi, Aug 11 (IANS) The Delhi government Monday announced scholarships for economically backward students taking admissions in higher education institutions in the the national capital. “The step has been taken to encourage socially and economically backward students to come forward to enrol themselves in higher education. We have decided to constitute Delhi Higher Education Aid Trust, which would be headed by the minister for higher education,” said Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

The decision was taken in a state cabinet meeting Monday.

“The trust would provide scholarships, education loans, stipends, prizes and other financial assistance to economically backward students,” Dikshit added.

The government would contribute an amount of Rs.10 million as corpus fund for carrying out the objectives of the scheme.

“The government would also allow self-financing institutions to run second shift on a condition that they will deposit 25 percent of the total fee collected from students admitted in the second shift with HESF (Higher Education Scholarship Fund) for providing the scholarships,” a Delhi government spokesperson said.

The cabinet also recommended summoning of a three-day monsoon session of the Delhi legislative assembly Sep 3-5.

The chief minister congratulated Abhinav Bindra, who won a gold medal at Beijing Olympics.

“The entire country is proud of Abhinav, who has won a gold medal in an individual event for the country,” said Dikshit and described it as a historical achievement.

In another decision, the state cabinet approved guidelines to permit institutes to run degree-level courses from Lal Dora and extended Lal Dora areas, which are villages within the urban areas with special legal status.

“The new institute would have to prove that it is operating in the Lal Dora and extended Lal Dora for at least two years prior to the notification of MPD-2021 (Master Plan Delhi) and it has a no-objection certificate from the concerned regulatory body,” the spokesperson said.

The organisation would have to furnish proof that it offers certificate course of at least one year duration and degree course of at least three years’ duration. At least 200 students must have been benefited from these courses within the period of the last two years.

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