Alarmed by the rising number of frauds, the State Government has changed rules and decided to strictly enforce the Government Orders (GOs) to make more transparent the disbursement of scholarships to the students pursuing post-matric, higher education, technical or professional courses.
A GO modifying the rules and procedure for reimbursement of fees in respect to students pursuing post-matric courses (including B. Tech. M. Tech. MCA and MBBS etc.) was issued by Social Welfare Commissioner Prem Narain on Monday- October 11, 2010.
As per the new rules the State Government would now reimburse the fees directly to the poor in general category, backward classes and minorities and not to the educational institutions.
About the SC/ST category students the State Government will also ensure that the educational institutes do not charge any fee from them. A total reimbursement of about Rs 647 crore has to be made in 2010-2011.
This includes a sum of Rs 369 crore for SC/ST students and Rs 278 crore for other categories of students. Under the ‘dashmottar’ (post-matric) scholarship scheme the Centre makes 100 percent reimbursement of fees of the SC/ST students to pursue higher education courses.
The State Government makes part reimbursement of fees (up to Rs 40,000 per student) for students belonging to backward classes, minorities and the poor in general category having a family income of less than one lakh per annum.
Principal Secretary Social Welfare department Balvindar Kumar said the fees of the non-SC/ST students would now be reimbursed directly to the students in their respective bank accounts.
“A decision to this effect has been taken to check the cases of fraud in the disbursement of scholarship,” said Kumar, while referring to cases where educational institutes had charged full fees from students and did not make any reimbursements despite claiming the amount from the State Government.
A statewide inquiry was ordered a number of cases were registered across the state after detection of such frauds in Lucknow and some other districts, he said.
About the SC/ST students the new GO provides that the educational institutes would now have to submit a declaration (On a notarised stamp paper of Rs 10) that no fee had been charged from the students of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes.
Another declaration would be obtained from the SC/ST students that no fee had been paid by them to the management of these educational institutions. “Claims of reimbursement submitted by these educational institutions would be cleared within 30 days of their receipt,” says the new GO.
Total number of students benefited
15.42 lakh (2009-2010)
SC/ST students benefited
7.83 lakh (2009-2010)
Other category students benefited
7.58 lakh (2009-2010)