In a significant move, Panjab University has increased the corpus of funds to provide subsidy/assistance to students from Scheduled Castes/Tribes categories from the existing Rs. 4 lakh to Rs. 10 lakh.
The decision regarding the funds was taken at a Board of Finance meeting held recently in the university.
Such students would now be entitled to assistance of Rs. 500 and Rs. 600 per month for graduate and postgraduate courses, respectively. Earlier, the amount was Rs. 320 and Rs. 330, respectively.
During the meeting, PU VC Prof Arun Grover maintained that the fund amount be increased to Rs. 6 lakh. However it was pointed out during subsequent discussion that a hike of Rs. 2 lakh would not make significant difference. Thus it was resolved to increase the kitty to Rs. 10 lakh.
The meeting also resolved that Rs. 2,000 be given as incentive to SC/ST students who secured 75% marks or more and Rs. 1,500 to those with 60% to 74.99% in exams on the basis of which admissions in the PU were made. While regular stipend would be given to all students from SC/ST category, this special incentive of Rs. 2,000 and Rs. 1,500 would only be given to those who score the required percentage.
Many students supported the PU move and demanded that such stipend be further increased. "It is a great move and will motivate students to perform better. Authorities should further think of increasing it to a more justifiable amount. Inflation has increased and so should such stipends, as more and more students from socially backward classes come forward to study at graduate and postgraduate levels," said Rohit Kumar, a University Institute of Engineering and Technology student.
Allowance of yoga teachers increased
The monthly allowance given to yoga teachers has also been increased from Rs. 4,000 to Rs. 6,000 per month. This decision too was taken during the meeting of Board of Finance.