More scholarships for minority students in Andhra

May 30, 2012 by  
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Andhra Pradesh, May 29, 2012: The move follows decreased number of applications received.

More students from minority community in Andhra Pradesh would receive scholarships although the scheme received fewer applications last year.

The Andhra Pradesh State Minority Finance Corporation (APSMFC) said it would increase by nearly 200 percent the number of beneficiaries of pre-matric scholarships for the financial year 2012-2013.

APSFMC officials said they have requested the state government for additional funds due to the high demand.

The decision comes at a time when the number of applications last year decreased as compared to the year before that.

The number of applications in Hyderabad district has witnessed a 22 percent drop from 11,504 applicants in 2010-11 to 8,964 applications in 2011-12.

The overall drop in the state stands at 7 percent and the decrease in approvals at six percent.

With the increase in the number of scholarships, the budget for the scholarships would increase to 500 million rupees. Currently, the state budget for the scheme is 120 million rupees and the allocation from the federal government is 210 million rupees.

A tenth grader would receive 800 rupees a year under the scheme . In addition, under the central government scheme, they would get 5,000 rupees (for day scholars) and 10,000 rupees (for boarders) for a year.

Students whose parents’ annual income is up to 100,000 rupees are eligible for these scholarships.

Officials blame inflation and stringent norms enforced recently in obtaining income certificates for the decline in applicants.

Educationists, however, differ.

Fazlur Rahman Khurram from Federation of Private Management Schools said, “Pre-matric scholarships are given to high school students. Many parents whose children were denied a scholarship for any reason feel discouraged and don’t apply again.”

– timesofindia

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