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Aug 03, 2007 at 12:39am IST

Govt announces scholarships for Muslim students

New Delhi: The first scheme based on the Sachar Panel Report for minorities is ready to be rolled out. This programme will help students from the community prepare for top institutes like IITs and IIMs. It will also grant scholarships for meritorious students.

This plan goes beyond modernising madrassas and introducing computer education in them. It’s a proposal, which prepares students from the minority community for top institutions like IITs and IIMs and even funding their studies if they get through.

It’s called the Coaching and Allied Scheme for the minority education. Minority students preparing for post 10+2 competitive exams in coaching institutes would now get monetary support from the government dovetailed with it is another scheme.

Merit and Means scholarship for 50 government institutions. If these students make it to any of the top institutions like IITs and IIMs on merit they can be provided full tuition and maintenance charges by the government.

In the rest of the institutions the scholarship has been pegged at Rs 20,000 per month but again the creamy layer or those whose parents earn less than Rs 2.5 lac per months can avail the benefits.

AIMPLB spokesperson, S Q R Illayas says, “The solution is lies in reservation and not these scheme."

Although various ministries are finalising schemes based on the Sachar panel report but this one would be the first to be officially launched by the government. An advertisement regarding this would be issues within a fortnight.

All these schemes are the part of the Action Taken Report on the Sachar Committee findings. The report is likely to be tabled in the Monsoon Session of parliament beginning later this month.