Relief for Delhi students, Delhi govt launches ‘merit cum means’ scholarship for the professional and vocational courses

A new scholarship plan has been formed for national capital for students from moderate income group.Delhi government has planned to give fees concession in the universities which are subjected to it. This concession will be for the professional and vocational courses. This scheme has been named as “merit cum means”.

The universities under this scheme are GGSIP University, Delhi University, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Ambedkar University, Indira Gandhi technological university and Delhi Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research University.The students under this scheme will be given a 60% concession in the undergraduate courses.

The scheme has 3 slabs. The concessions will be based on the Income of the family. The first slab gives 100% concession to the students of families who have a card issued under National Food Security Scheme (NFSS). The second slab gives 50% grant to the families with income up to 2.5 lakh. The final and the third slab is for the ones who earn between 2.5 lakh to 6 lakhs per year. It grants 25% concession.

This scholarship programme is expected to benefit about 25,000 students. However, the students have to attain a minimum of 60% in the last class passed to avail this scheme. Not just the scholarship the students also be given an amount of Rs 5000 per year to purchase the required study material.For the benefit of the universities and the students a budget of Rs. 10 crores has been allotted. The budget might increase with the requirement.

(Written By Riya Pahuja)