New Delhi: Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani has said that a "Pragati Scholarship" has been launched by the government from the year 2014-15 to provide encouragement and support to the girl child to pursue technical education.
Irani, who gave this information in a written reply to the Lok Sabha question, said the salient features of the "Pragati Scholarship" are as under:
(i) Number of scholarship per annum: 4000
(ii) One Girl per family whose family income is less than Rs 6 lakhs per annum
(iii) The candidates will be selected on merit at the qualifying examination
(iv) The candidates should have been admitted to 1st year of the Degree or diploma programme in any of the AICTE approved institute during the academic year 2014-15 through centralized admission process of the State /Central Government.
(v) Amount of scholarship: Tuition Fee of Rs 30000/- or at actual, whichever is less and Rs 2000/- per month for 10 months as incidentals each year.
Irani said at present, the government does not propose to revise the eligibility criteria and other conditions of the "Pragati Scholarship".
The HRD Minister further informed that large print books are provided to the visually handicapped and blind children enrolled in primary and upper primary schools under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Braille.
"In the year 2014-15, 19652 Braille books were provided and 35045 large print books were given. An amount of 3000/- per annum per child is provided under Inclusive Education for Disabled at Secondary Stage under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan Programme, which can be utilised in a flexible manner, depending on the needs of each child," said Irani.
"Under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, States and UTs have set up decentralised grievance redressal mechanisms, including the State Commission for Protection of Child Right (SCPCR) / Right to Education Protection Authority (REPA), to address complaints," she added in a written reply to the Lok Sabha question.