Wednesday, March 14, 2007


A means-cum-merit scholarship scheme would be introduced to check high school dropout rates.while the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (universal education scheme) had improved enrolment to 96 percent, dropout rates were still worrying. the scheme would encourage students to study beyond Class VIII.The scheme would start this year with a corpus of Rs.7.5 billion and an equal amount would be added to the fund every year for the next three years.Under the scheme, each student would be given a scholarship of Rs.6, 000 a year to study in Classes IX, X, XI and XII. Each year 100,000 scholarships would be awarded.

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