Delhi: In a landmark decision, the Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia announced the launch of the Delhi government’s new merit cum means scholarship scheme/fee waiver scheme for the needy students. The scholarship scheme will be applicable for students who pursue higher studies in any of the State Universities of Delhi, namely: GS Indraprastha University, Delhi Technological University, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Ambedkar University, Indira Gandhi Delhi Technological University for Women and Delhi Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research University.
In the coming time, scheme will also be extended to the Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology as and when the institution becomes a State University of Delhi. These waivers will be applicable from this academic year to students who have or will gain admission to these six Delhi state universities.
As of now, the Scholarship scheme would be applicable to all students in any of the undergraduate courses. The students having passed the qualifying exam with 60% marks will be eligible for Scholarship, the statement reads. It was also informed at the launch ceremony that in case of SC/ST students, an additional 5% relaxation in marks would be given. This means those scoring 55% in their Class XII boards will be eligible for the fee waiver. The scholarship will be renewed each year, only if the student secured good marks and remained meritorious throughout the academic session.
The students will also be given Rs 5,000 apart from the fee exemption, for books and other materials. “It is a proud moment for the people of the national capital that Delhi will be the first state to provide fee waiver to students from families with income up to Rs 6 lakh per annum,” Sisodia said.
Broad Features Of The Scheme Launched:
- 100% fee waiver for the students who belong to a BPL family.
- 50% fee waiver for students from families with income up to Rs 2.5 lakh per annum.
- 25% fee waiver for students from families with income above Rs 2.5 lakh and not exceeding Rs 6 lakh per annum.
Eligibility Defined – To avail the benefit of the scheme the students must have secured at least 60 per cent marks in the class he/she has passed.
AAP government is committed to ensure that no child is left behind in the higher education system for want of monitory resources. For the same, a budget of Rs 10 crore for the academic year 2017-18 under this scheme has been allocated.
The newly launched scheme is expected to benefit about 20-25,000 students from poor and moderate means of income. The scheme has been framed under the framework of The Delhi Higher Education Aid Trust.