Scholarship schemes for minority students to be online
New Delhi: The Government has decided to
launch an 'On-line Scholarship Management System' next week to
ensure greater transparency in the implementation of its plans
for upliftment of students from minority communities.
The Minority Affairs Ministry headed by Salman Khurshid
will also start video conferencing with the states for better
implementation of the Multi sectoral Development Plans (MsDP)
in the 90 minority concentrated districts of the country,
which lag behind in the national parameters of development.
The On-line Scholarship Management System (OSMS) will
deal with scholarship schemes for pre-matric and post-matric
students from minority communities aspiring for technical and
An official launch is expected on April 14-15, ministry
The ministry has exceeded its targets in both pre-matric
and post-matric schemes, they said.
In the pre-matric scholarship scheme, more than 37 lakh
scholarships were provided against the target of 20 lakh
scholarships last year. The financial target for the scheme,
which was pegged at Rs 450 crore, was increased to Rs 600
crore this year.
In the post-matric scholarship scheme, the ministry had a
target of providing 4 lakh scholarships, but distributed
scholarships to over 5 lakh students. The allocation was also
increased to Rs 450 crore from last year's Rs 250 crore.
The sources said the plan for video conferencing aims to
ensure effective monitoring of the implementation of MsDP in
districts with concentration of people from minorities as a
number of states have been eager to inform the Centre of the
actual position of the schemes in such areas.
Video-conferencing will ensure that the Central
government can more frequently and directly interact with
state authorities and achieve better results, they added.
Ministry officials had held a detailed meeting with
minority secretaries of various states and union territories
here a few days back, informing them about the need for better
implementation of MsDP.
The meeting had taken an overview of financial
performance of MsDP with a focus on financial year 2011-12,
which is the last year for implementation of MsDP in the
In the meeting the ministry had also asked the states to
pay special attention to the implementation of the OSMS, also
asking them to send their district plans by April end so that
all plans could be approved by mid May.