Scholarship Scheme planned for Minority community students

Published on Jun 14 2017 - - Featured, India, Special - -

– Javid Hassan,

The Directorate of Minorities of the Karnataka Government will provide financial assistance to minority students in the State wishing to pursue Master’s Degree, PhD, post-doctoral and other courses in leading foreign universities.

This was disclosed to, the NRIs’ web portal, by Mr. Akram Pasha (KAS), Director, Directorate of Minorities and Member Secretary, National Overseas Scholarship Selection Committee, Bengaluru.

He said domicile minority students of Karnataka can apply in the prescribed format after downloading it from the official website of the Directorate of Minorities ( and submit it on or before June 30.

Directorate of Minorities

Civilization can be judged by the way it treates its Minorities – Mahatma Gandhiji said Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world …

Students unable to pursue higher education due to their financial constraints may apply under this scheme. The government will reimburse the fee to the eligible candidates.

Those belonging to the backward class, scheduled caste and minorities may apply for the government’s fee reimbursement under its Samaj Kalyan and Backward Classes Scholarship scheme.The amount will be distributed among the deserving students falling under the OBC/SC/ST, minorities and the general category.

The Director said every year the department transfers a fixed amount into the students’ bank accounts as per the fee payable and the course category. The objective is to help poor students aspiring for higher education.

The scheme covers two categories—pre-SSLC and post-SSLC. Students in the 11th and 12th grades, BA, MA, B.Com, M.Com, BSc, MSc, BCA, MCA, BBA, MBA, MBBS,MD, B.Tech, M.Tech, ITI, polytechnic and other courses are eligible under this scheme. The Directorate of Minorities also provides Fellowship for candidates pursuing Doctorate and MPhil courses.

Candidates seeking higher education should apply online. Besides income certificate, other requirements include: College / School Certificate; Domicile/ Category / Caste Certificate; (SC/ST/OBC/General); residential proof; recent passport size photograph; attested photocopies of relevant certificates; marks sheet of the last successful exam; Income Certificate of father/mother.

As for the eligibility criteria, Akram Pasha said the annual income of the candidate’s parents should not exceed Rs.300,000. Also, the aspirants should not have applied for any other scholarship program. According to him, the government provides scholarship through many institutes, besides 40% reservation in scholarship for girls.
In a related context, suggestions have been floated that the Karnataka government could also explore the possibility of promoting reading habit among the students for tapping demographic dividend.

In Dakshina Kannada, for example, a mobile library van has been wheeling books to the doorsteps of the readers for the last 53 years. The blue mobile library van, an initiative of the Department of Public Libraries in Mangalore, launched its services in 1987.

Since then, the mobile van has carried thousands of books on various subjects ranging from education, Kannada and English literature to novels, story books and several other publications. The mobile library visits 24 different places five days a week.

This way it plugs the gap at two levels—boosting the demand for more branches of public libraries at one end and addressing the shortage of buildings and staff at the other. An extension of this concept would be a School on Wheels (SoW), since many government schools in the country are ill-equipped in terms of basic infrastructure facilities required under the Right to Education (RTE) Act.

According to the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyana (SSA) report, of the 22,570 higher primary schools in Karnataka, only 3,918 schools teach up to the 8th standard, while 18,573 others have classes till the 7th standard.

As such, there is a need for an additional 22,718 rooms and 14,958 teachers in government schools. SSA observes that the civil works are expected to be completed by March 2013(as per the available data). Till then they can have temporary arrangements both for government and unaided schools.

An additional advantage is that these mobile facilities can be shifted to wherever they are needed. Incidentally, Japan has donated mobile libraries to rural South African schools that lack library facilities. The target is to reach 2-million pupils in 4500 schools by 2015.

Tadashi Hasunuma, former MD of Sony SA, lauded the South African government for extending the primary school network to almost universal enrollment. The project came on stream after realizing that Japan used mobile libraries to deal with its own problem of rural schools. Similar initiative could help overcome the problem of schools shortage in Karnataka and elsewhere in India. In the process, the State will live up to the proverb: As you sow, so shall you reap.


Leave a comment

Translate News in your own Language »

Subscribe to our RSS Feed! Follow us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter! Visit our LinkedIn Profile!