A total of 229 local students of Class 8 have cleared the National Means-cum-Merit Scholarship (NMMS) test held on October 11 last year. In all 1,698 students from all over the district appeared for the test, the results of which were declared by the State Council of Educational Research & Training (SCERT) on Monday.
The successful students will get an annual scholarship of Rs 6,000 per annum up to Class 12 under a central government scheme.
A total 1,156 students in Punjab cleared the exam with Ludhiana having the highest number at 229. Only those students whose parents had an annual income less than Rs 1.5 lakh a year were eligible to appear in the test.
Sanjeev Thapar, principal of Government Model Senior Secondary School, said: “Eight of our students have cleared the test which, of course, is a big achievement for our school. We encourage students to take such exams and it helps those who can afford to study after Class 10 to continue with their education”.
Prabhjot Kaur, a student of Government Senior Secondary School, said, “It’s a great achievement and I owe my success to my teachers and parents. I’ll use the scholarship funds for further studies as well as buy books to enhance my knowledge”.