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Panel for more foreign scholarships to SC women

A panel has expressed concern over the "dismal" number of SC women who benefited from the 'National Overseas Scholarship'.

india Updated: May 23, 2006 13:09 IST

A parliamentary panel has expressed concern over the "dismal" number of Scheduled Caste women who benefited by 'National Overseas Scholarship' scheme and suggested the government to earmark 30 per cent seats for them under the programme, which help them pursue higher studies abroad.

"It is a matter of great concern that there have been no effort on the part of the government to provide Scheduled Caste Women better opportunities for pursuing higher studies abroad by way of reservation of seats exclusively for them.

"The Committee desire that the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment should look into the possibility of allocating at least 30 per cent of the seats to women under the scheme," Parliamentary Standing Committee's sixth Report on Empowerment of Women said.

The panel, which presented its report in the Lok Sabha, also expressed its concern over the non-continuation of the scheme.

Pointing out the shortcomings of the scheme, the Committee said the scheme had an insufficient number (only 20) of scholarships, the selection process exceeded one year and there was no quota for women.

The panel suggested that prompt remedial measures should be taken on these aspects "urgently" so as to eliminate these shortcomings with a view to achieve the objectves of the scheme.

"Out of the total 101 candidates selected under the scheme from 1993-94 to 2004-05, only five were women. Such a dismal representation of women under the scheme was a major cause of concern," it added.

First Published: May 23, 2006 12:36 IST