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    The Government of India, Ministry of Minority Affairs, New Delhi has launched  the following New Centrally Sponsored Schemes for the Welfare of Minority  Communities during the Year 2007-08 & 2008-09:-  

(i)         Merit-cum-Means Scholarship Scheme for Students of  Minority Communities (100% Centrally Sponsored).

             Under this scheme scholarships would be provided to poor and meritorious students belonging to Minority Communities for  pursuing Technical and Professional Courses at degree and post-graduate levels from a recognized institution.

The number of Scholarships for the State of Haryanawould be  129 for Muslims, 124 for Sikhs, 3 for Christians and one for Buddhists.        

An amount of Rs. 29.97 lacs  has been sanctioned under this scheme by the Govt. of India to cover 132 beneficiaries for the year 2007-08.  A provision of Rs. 75 lacs has been proposed for the current financial year 2008-09 to cover the target of 257 beneficiaries.

 (ii)       Scheme of Post-Matric Scholarship for Students belonging to the Minority Communities (100% Centrally Sponsored).

           Under this scheme Post Matric Scholarship would be provided to the Minority Communities, as notified by the Central Government i.e. Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhist and Parsis, pursuing higher education, from class XI upto Ph.D, and technical and vocational courses of Industrial Training Institutes/Industrial Training Centres (affiliated with NCVT) in Government school/ college/institute or school /college/institute recognized by appropriate authority.  

An amount of Rs. 13.53 lacs has been sanctioned under this scheme by the Govt. of India to cover 255 beneficiaries for the year 2007-08.  A provision of Rs. 110 lacs has been proposed for the current  financial year 2008-09 to cover the target of 964 beneficiaries

(iii)          Free Coaching & Allied Scheme for the Candidates belonging to Minority Communities (100% Centrally Sponsored).

             Under this scheme Free Coaching for the Candidates belonging to Minority Communities i.e. Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis with the objective to assist such students by way of following Special Coaching :-

·        Qualifying examinations for admission in technical/professional courses such as engineering, law, medical, management, information technology etc. and language/aptitude examinations for seeking admission in foreign universities.

·        Competitive examinations for recruitment to Group ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’ and ‘D’ services and other equivalent posts under the Central and State governments including police/security forces, public sector undertakings, Railways, banks, insurance companies as well as autonomous bodies; and

·        Coaching for jobs in the private sector such as in airlines, shipping, information technology (IT), business process outsourcing (BPO) and other IT enabled services, hospitality, tours and travels, maritime, food processing, retail, sales & marketing, bio-technology and other job oriented courses as per the emerging trend of employment.

·        Remedial coaching at undergraduate and post-graduate level to improve the academic knowledge and enable the student to catch up with the rest of the class and complete the course successfully.

An amount of Rs. 1.40 lac has been sanctioned under this scheme by the Govt. of India to M/s. Mewat Model School Society, Nuh.  The proposal  for releasing of grant-in-aid of 4 NGOs amounting to Rs. 144.95 lacs has been sent to Govt. of India for the year 2007-08.  A sum of Rs. 5 lac has been proposed for the current financial year 2008-09.

(iv)       Scheme of Pre-Matric SCholarship for Students belonging to the Minority Communties  (75:25% Centrally Sponsored).

             The Government of India has proposed a Scheme of Pre-Matric Scholarship for Students belonging to the Minority Communities. The Salient Features of the Scheme are as under :-

·        The Scheme envisages a funding pattern of 75:25 ratio between the Centre and States to begin with. It is likely to be made 100% Centrally Funded Scheme later on.

·        The number of Scholarships has been fixed on the basis of the 2001 Census of Minority population in the States.

·        Unlike SC/ST Scholarship Schemes where scholarships are awarded to all the students applying for it, the Pre-Matric Scholarship for Minority Communities will be awarded only to Meritorious Students. It will be governed by the following conditions-

a)      50% marks for eligibility since it is a scheme only for meritorious students.

b)      Limiting the Scholarships to only two children in a family.

c)      30% of earmarking for Girls.

An amount of Rs. 100 lacs, (Rs. 25 lacs is as State Share and Rs. 75 lacs is as Central Share)has been proposed for the Annual Plan 2008-09.  Consent of the State Government for implementing the Scheme from the current financial year 2008-09 in the proposed ratio has been sent to Govt. of India.

(v)        Scheme for the Development of Minority Concentration Districts, Mewat and Sirsa (100% Centrally Sponsored Scheme).

                         The Government of India, Ministry of Minority Affairs has identified 90 Minority Concentration District consisting of substantial minority population and which are relatively backward in terms of socio-economic indices and basic amenties, compared to the national average. It has been decied to implement a Multi-Sectoral Development Programme for these districts to address the development deficits’ of these districts. The team of Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi has been assigned the task of carrying out a baseline surveys in these districts. The ICSSR has engaged Research Insitute affiliated with it, to conduct the survey. Two district namely Mewat and Sirsa have been identified for baseline survey.

An amount of Rs. 825 lacs has been provided under this scheme for the current financial year 2008-09.

  

 

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