‘Fewer students got minority scholarships from Delhi than Centre’

[Times of India] ‘Fewer students got minority scholarships from Delhi than Centre’

Currently, there are three schemes for minority students that the Delhi government offers. First, reimbursement of tuition fees to students of classes I to XII; second, merit scholarship for those studying in professional technical colleges and universities; and third, the BR Ambedkar state topper awards, in which an amount of Rs 25,000 is given to each topper in various disciplines after the completion of the degree course. As per data, 1,126 students — 283 Muslims, 803 Sikhs, 30 Jains and one Buddhist — were provided reimbursement. The second scholarship was given to 56 students — 24 Muslims, 32 Sikhs and 30 Jains. The Dr BR Ambedkar state topper awards were not given to any student.There are three similar central schemes too — pre-matric scholarships, post-matric scholarships and merit-cum-means scholarships for college/university students. While there were 8,328 beneficiaries — 7,665 Muslims, 82 Christians, 495 Sikhs, 74 Jains, 11 Buddhists and a Parsi — in the first category, 3,518 students — 3,114 Muslims, 27 Christians, 274 Sikhs, 98 Jains and five Buddhists — got the scholarship in the second category. The merit-cum-means scholarships were awarded to 376 students — 331 Muslims, eight Christians, 18 Sikhs, 18 Jains and one Buddhist. The number of beneficiaries of the central scholarship schemes rose to 15,532 in 2021-22. Data for the Delhi government schemes is not available for the same year. “In the case of Delhi government, the beneficiary numbers are low despite a much larger ambit of coverage that includes students from class I to XII. While the details of the central schemes and their beneficiaries are displayed on the National Scholarship Portal of the government of India, the Delhi government’s e-district portal has no details in this regard,” a senior official of the social welfare department said, requesting anonymity.When contacted, Delhi government officials did not respond to queries.

New Delhi: The Delhi government provided scholarships to fewer minority students in 2020-21 compared with the central government, shows data. While 1,182 students were part of Delhi government’s three scholarship schemes — most of them being from the Sikh community — a total of 12,222 students received scholarships funded by the Centre.Currently, there are three schemes for minority students that the Delhi government offers. First, reimbursement of tuition fees to students of classes I to XII; second, merit scholarship for those studying in professional technical colleges and universities; and third, the BR Ambedkar state topper awards, in which an amount of Rs 25,000 is given to each topper in various disciplines after the completion of the degree course. As per data, 1,126 students — 283 Muslims, 803 Sikhs, 30 Jains and one Buddhist — were provided reimbursement. The second scholarship was given to 56 students — 24 Muslims, 32 Sikhs and 30 Jains. The Dr BR Ambedkar state topper awards were not given to any student.There are three similar central schemes too — pre-matric scholarships, post-matric scholarships and merit-cum-means scholarships for college/university students. While there were 8,328 beneficiaries — 7,665 Muslims, 82 Christians, 495 Sikhs, 74 Jains, 11 Buddhists and a Parsi — in the first category, 3,518 students — 3,114 Muslims, 27 Christians, 274 Sikhs, 98 Jains and five Buddhists — got the scholarship in the second category. The merit-cum-means scholarships were awarded to 376 students — 331 Muslims, eight Christians, 18 Sikhs, 18 Jains and one Buddhist.The number of beneficiaries of the central scholarship schemes rose to 15,532 in 2021-22. Data for the Delhi government schemes is not available for the same year.“In the case of Delhi government, the beneficiary numbers are low despite a much larger ambit of coverage that includes students from class I to XII. While the details of the central schemes and their beneficiaries are displayed on the National Scholarship Portal of the government of India, the Delhi government’s e-district portal has no details in this regard,” a senior official of the social welfare department said, requesting anonymity.When contacted, Delhi government officials did not respond to queries.