The State cabinet has decided to sponsor coaching for IIT-JEE, AIEEE (All India Engineering Entrance Examination) exams for 50 underprivileged girls from the state selected through an exam.
The state will also fund accommodation and meals of the selected candidates for two years.
The proposal, moved by the women and child welfare department, was approved by the state cabinet on Wednesday.
As per the proposal, girls from families with annual incomes less than Rs1 lakh, will be selected.
The Cabinet has also approved a proposal to train 4,000 students from minority communities for various competitive exams.
The training for the competitive exams conducted will be offered by reputed institutions at Mumbai, Thane, Nagpur, Nashik, Pune, Amaravati and Aurangabad.
The cost to be incurred by the government for the training is Rs5.49 crore per annum through an entrance exam.
This exam will be based on the state board maths and science syllabi from Class 8, 9 and 10.
The top 50 girls will get an opportunity to train at the PACE academy in Mumbai. The academy, which is recognised by the government, will help them prepare for entrance exams like IITJEE, AIEEE and the International Olympiad.
The training at the PACE will be free of cost.
Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan said that the scheme will give talented girls, despite their economically weak background, a fair chance at qualifying in the entrance exams and to pursue a degree at prestigious educational institutes across the country.