Centre to launch scheme for upliftment of SC students
The Centre is set to launch the Residential Education for Students in High Schools in Targeted Areas (SRESHTA) scheme on Monday for the upliftment and development of scheduled castes (SC) students.
The announcement was made by Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Virendra Kumar on Thursday. “The scheme will focus on the socio-economics upliftment and overall development of the Scheduled Caste students by providing quality residential education to meritorious Scheduled Caste students in reputed private schools, having residential facility,” he said.
“This will enable bright SC students to have a better future by getting a high-quality education, aid in controlling dropout rates of SC students from class 9th to 12th. Besides, the continuous support to the existing institutions being run by the voluntary organizations for the target ground. In the next 5 years, the ministry has decided to extend support to 24800 meritorious SC students, involving Rs. 300 crores approx., for providing them with quality residential education from class 9 to 12 in reputed private residential schools in aspirational districts identified by the NITI Aayog,” he said.
The minister also announced that the government will celebrate Mahaparinirvan Divas in remembrance of Dr BR Ambedkar on Monday as part of its ongoing ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations to mark 75 years of India’s independence.