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Scholarship Amount Hiked

Bhubaneswar: The State Government on Monday enhanced the pre-Matriculation Scholarships for the students belonging to Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Scheduled Caste (SC) communities.

The pre-matriculation scholarship for boy students has been increased to 950 from Rs 750. Similarly, the girl boarders will now be entitled to get Rs 1,000 from Rs 800.

Provision of pre-matric scholarships to ST & SC boarders of schools under the ST & SC Development Department and School & Mass Education Department is one of the flagship schemes of the State Government.

The scholarship primarily meant for the mess management in the hostels aims at the educational and holistic development of ST & SC students.

An expenditure amounting to Rs 490 crore would be incurred annually towards prematric scholarship. The monthly scholarship for the SC, ST students was last enhanced in the year 2015.

Further, millet (mandia) based food items would be introduced in the hostel’s menu to address the nutritional security of the boarders.  The scheme would benefit more than five lakh ST & SC boarders.