For the ST and SC, the post-matric Scholarship has been gashed by the Odisha Government, including at least 15 courses with B Tech and MBA. In the 2020-21 academic sessions, the government has expanded the number of studies which is to be incorporated under the program from the existing 27 to 99.
The resolution of the ST and SC development department depicts that an eligible student of the ST and SC community will be getting 25000 scholarships for the course BTech in the new academic session. Earlier the scholarship amount was around 60000 in the educational sessions. Even noble diploma students of ST or SC communities will get a 3500 scholarship. Yet both the organizations were getting a scholarship amount of 26500. The scholarship amount has been reduced to 25000 against the previous year’s 66000 for MTech, for MBA is 65000, for Hotel Management it is 45000, and for MCA it is 40000.
Even scholarships for BSc Nursing, MSc Nursing, General Nursing, Auxiliary Nursing, BCA, BBA, DMLT, and DMRT, which was around 30000 to 60000, have been cut down range of 12000 to 30000. But in the MBBS course, no amount has been changed, and it continued to cost 5.5 Lakh in the new academic session. And meritorious students will get 2,000 and 2,500 scholarships for general courses in Plus II and III, respectively.
Courses such as LLM, LLB, Journalism and mass communication, Commerce, PGDM Performing Arts, PG Ayurvedic, and Homeopathy and BSc and MSc disciples have also been implicated in the scholarship program in these academic sessions whereas the maintenance allowance shall remain the same for the students.
Students of ST and SC communities interested in proceeding with higher education in any Government and Government-recognises Private college and Institution are allowed to the scholarship program if their family income is below 2.5 Lakhs per annum. The Odisha Private Engineering College Association criticized the State Government for this reducing amount of Scholarship. During this pandemic, reducing the amount of Scholarship for engineering degrees and another course seems to be a little untenable for the Odisha Private Engineering College Association.
Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty
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