For Rahul Kumar -- a disabled student from the city’s Government Boys Senior Secondary School -- higher education will no longer remain a distant dream. Kumar’s dreams of studying further were realised when he received a scholarship given by the ministry of human resource development (MHRD).
In a bid to encourage students studying in government schools to pursue higher education, the MHRD has awarded 200 government school students scholarships amounting to R1 lakh each for excelling in the CBSE Class 12 board exams.
Of them, 124 students are from Delhi government schools. While 39 students are from the humanities stream, 36 are from commerce, 32 from the vocational and 17 from the science stream.
“Of 200 students who will receive the scholarship, 62% of them are from Delhi government schools. Fifty students from across India from each of the four streams — science, humanities, commerce and the vocational stream — will be awarded this scholarship,” said a senior Delhi government official.
While the performance of Delhi government school students — officials say — is an outcome of consistent effort by teachers as well as students, this initiative, officials are certain, will provide adequate financial support to students to pursue their higher studies.
“The performance of these students is improving each year. The scheme for children studying in government schools across the country will not only serve as motivation, but will also encourage them to study further successfully. This will give them the opportunity to move a step forward to pursuing the career that they wish to,” said a senior Delhi government official.