In an endeavour to boost the enrolment ratio, the Central government has introduced a new scheme ‘Rajiv Vidya Deevena’, to provide scholarships to SC and ST students.
The government will give scholarships to students of 9th and 10th standards belonging to SC and ST community in government schools. The scheme is only for students whose parents earn less than `2 lakh per annum, and the scholarship amount will be deposited in students’ bank account.
It was observed that most students discontinue their studies after 8th class owing to financial doldrums.
In the scheme, which is being implemented by the Social Welfare Department, an amount of `150 per month will be given to day scholars and `350 a month to hostellers. The government will also provide financial assistance of `750 to each student for purchasing stationery. The governments are spending crores for maintenance of schools, but admissions and attendance ratio remain hapless.