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More time to apply for minority scholarships

The state government has extended the period of applying for pre-matric scholarship by the students belonging to the minority community by one month to September 20.

mumbai Updated: Sep 01, 2011 01:13 IST

The state government has extended the period of applying for pre-matric scholarship by the students belonging to the minority community by one month to September 20.

Minister for minority affairs Mohammed Arif Naseem Khan said the decision would help minority students from across the state to apply for the scheme in large numbers.

Similarly, proposals for seeking grants of Rs two lakh for infrastructure upgradation of minority schools will be accepted till September 30, he said.

Students from standard one to ten with 50% marks and whose annual family income is less than Rs 2.5 lakh can apply for the Central Government-run pre-matric scheme till September 26.

Under the scheme, students get Rs 1000 as scholarship money.

The applications for availing the scheme are available online and all minority educational institutions shouldsubmit the forms of all eligible students by September 20, the minister said.

Khan said all aided and non-aided minority schools are eligible for receiving the grant of Rs two lakh for infrastructure upgradation.

Last year, 2100 schools received financial assi-stance for infrastructure upgradation.


Insurance scheme for higher education students

The state government is working on an insurance scheme for students of higher and technical education courses which will ensure that their studies are not hampered in the event of the death of their guardians.

Higher and Technical Education Minister Rajesh Tope said the scheme will be applicable to all professional degree and diploma courses like engineering, pharmacy, MBA and hotel management that fall under the purview of his ministry.

He said that either the students can pay a nominal premium on their own or colleges can pay from the 'Students Welfare Fund' to the LIC.

“In case of death of a student's guardian or the head of the family, Rs 4.5 lakh will be given, whereas, in case of the death of a student, the family will get Rs one lakh,” he said.