Biju Janata Dal (BJD) president and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.(Arabinda Mahapatra / HT File Photo )
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No reduction in scholarship amount for ST and SC students: Odisha CM – education

Faced with strong protest from opposition political parties and students, the Odisha government decided on Sunday not to cut the amount of the post-matriculation scholarship for students from scheduled Castes and Tribes.

“There will be no change in the amount of post-matriculation scholarships for SC & ST students,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said in a statement.

Patnaik said that students will continue to receive the same number of scholarships as they did in the previous academic year.

The prime minister also asked the ST and SC Development department to put the notification issued by him on hold.

The department was also ordered to send the official file regarding the scholarship amount reduction to the Chief Minister’s Office for further verification.

With the decision, there will be no change in the amount of the post-matriculation scholarship that will be sanctioned for SC / ST students in Odisha, an official said.

Previously, the department in a resolution had announced its decision to reduce the amount of the post-matricular scholarship for ST and SC students in at least 15 courses, including B Tech and MBA.

However, the department had decided to increase the number of courses to be covered in the program from the existing 27 to 99 in the 2020-21 academic session.

According to the resolution of the ST and SC development department, an eligible student from the ST or SC community was supposed to get a scholarship of Rs 25,000 for the B Tech course in the new academic session against the previous allocation of Rs 60,000 in previous academic sessions.

Students belonging to the ST and SC communities are entitled to obtain a scholarship to pursue higher studies at any government or government recognized private university and institution if their household income is less than Rs 2.5 lakh per year.

While the Opposition Congress had condemned the state government’s act of reducing the scholarship amount, the Odisha Private Engineering College Association also strongly criticized the decision to reduce financial benefits for poor ST and SC students. in the middle of the pandemic.

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