The Union Cabinet today gave its approval to increase the total family income ceiling under the central sector scholarship scheme of “Top Class Education” for Scheduled Tribe (ST) students” from the existing Rs. 2 lakh to Rs. 4.50 lakh per annum, with effect from the selection year 2013-14.
The enhancement of the ceiling of the annual total family income from all sources will enable larger number of ST students avail benefits of the scheme. This will also act as a major incentive for ST students pursuing higher and technical education.
The decision does not entail any additional burden. The expenditure on account of revision of the scheme would be met under the existing budget allocation for each year.
The Central Sector scholarship scheme of “Top Class Education” for ST students’ was approved by the Cabinet in its meeting held in May 2007 and came into force with effect from 2007-08. The objective of the scheme is to provide adequate financial support to ST students for pursuing professional education in selected premier institutions of the country.