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For upliftment of the weaker sections of the society, the Government is having many development programes. As a measure for achieving this goal, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs is implementing a Central Sector Scheme of ‘Top Class Education for ST students’ from the academic year 2007-08. Under the scheme, scholarships are provided to ST students who are pursuing studies at degree and post degree level in institutions identified under the scheme like IIT, IIM, NIT, National Law University etc. The scheme is implemented through identified institutes and grant-in-aid is considered on receipt of complete proposal of eligible ST students, under the provisions of the scheme, from the identified institute and subject to availability of funds under the scheme.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Shri Mahadeo Singh Khandela in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.
The Minister further informed the house that the Ministry has not received complaint regarding non-payment of scholarship by the identified institutes to ST students against the grant-in-aid released by their Ministry.