More than 50,000 students who had applied for scholarships under the government-run scheme last year are yet to get the benefit. Last year in Allahabad, 93,000 students of backward classes had applied for the government scholarship disbursed through the social welfare department. Out of these, around 40,000 students were from class 1 to 10, who got their scholarships by February 2012. But, the number of students of class 11 to those pursuing professional courses who had applied for the scholarship numbered around 53,000. Out of these, just around 23,000 got their dues by March 2012 while around 30,000 are still awaiting the promised financial aid.
Out of these, 20,000 students have also not received the fee reimbursement that they are entitled to get. Another 20,000 SC and general category students have also not received their fee reimbursement till date. Most of these 50,000 students who have not got the scholarships and the fee reimbursement fear that that they could well end up having to forfeit their aid like 20,000 students who failed to get the scholarships a year before them. Students hailing from financially weak background are provided scholarships and fee reimbursement for education.
Under the Pre-Metric scheme applicable for Class 9 and 10, OBC/SC/ST students having a family income less than 30,000 per annum and general category students having annual family income less than 19,884 in rural areas and 25,546 in urban areas are eligible for aid under the scheme. Under the post-Metric scheme, OBC, ST, minority and general category students having annual family income of 1 lakh or below and SC students having annual family income of 2 lakh or below are eligible to get the scholarship which is different for each range of class.
Similar, set structure exists for students pursuing higher education and professional courses and for which the state government maintains a dedicated website: http://scholarship.up.nic.in District backward class welfare officer Nitika Dubey said it was difficult to predict the date when the funds for the pending scholarships would be disbursed. She said the department was gearing up to get scholarship forms filled by the new students wishing to avail the benefit under the scheme.
"During this time, funds for the students who have not received the scholarships can also get released," she added. District social welfare Officer Ghasiram Prajapati said demand of 20 crore was submitted for fee reimbursement of SC students but only 98 lakh has been received. "We still need 19.02 crore," he added. Prajapati said a proposal of 21 crore was submitted to the government for fee reimbursement of general category students but only 39 lakh has been received till date.
Courtesy: Times of India