Govt of Karnataka launches ‘Prabuddha’ – a new scheme for international study, to benefit SC/ST students.

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Bengaluru 7th December 2018: Students from the economically disempowered SC/ST communities access the world’s best universities. A new scholarship scheme, called the Prabuddha scheme, to be launched by the Department of Social Welfare, Govt of Karnataka, will for the first time allow students from SC/ST and other vulnerable communities to pursue their undergraduate, post graduate and PhD programmes in international universities at little or no cost.

The Prabuddha scheme will cover the student’s course fees, living expenditure and airfare to the country in which the student is pursuing their studies. Further 33% special reservation will be made in scholarships, for women candidates every year and 4% reservation for differently abled students. The Prabuddha scheme will cover up to 100% of education expenses for students whose total annual family income is less than 8 Lakhs, 50% of expenses for students whose family income is more than 8 lakhs but less than 15, and 33% for those whose annual income exceeds 15 lakhs.

Announcing the scheme, Dr. G Parameshwara, the Honourable Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka said, “This is a pioneering move. Often access to education is limited because of lack of funds, and social pressures. With this scheme, we are removing at least one of the barriers to education for SC/ST students and are enabling the dreams of so many of our worthy and meritorious students. We hope that more students from across the state benefit from this scheme and contribute towards improving their own lives, the communities they come from, and our state too.”

Department of Social Welfare has taken great care had been taken to ensure equitable distribution of scholarship funds and that sufficient checks and balances had been introduced to ensure the scheme would be fair to all applicants, any student will be eligible to apply for the scheme only once, whether UG, PG or PhD, and that no more than two students from any one family can apply for the scholarship.

Talking about the scholarship, Shri Priyank Kharge, Honourable Minister of Social Welfare, Govt. of Karnataka said, “Dr. BR Ambedkar dreamt of enlightened India, Prabhuddha Bharatha. Government of Karnataka strongly believes in enabling students to broaden their horizons for the betterment of the society. We will give them an opportunity to flourish in a global environment and hope that these students will come back to contribute to the society and the State of Karnataka. Our vision is to ensure that aspiring students don’t go through the same struggle that Babasaheb Ambedkar faced while he studied abroad.”

The minister said that adequate measures have been taken to ensure students who apply for the scheme have the required eligibility for international study, and that funds will be transferred only on receipt of proof of enrolment and other documentation.

Students wishing to apply for thescholarship will need to do so online, after submitting required proofs and documents, also online. (www.scholarshipwebsiteaddress.gov.in). The applications form to be available on the website from 15th December, 2018.

City Today News

(Tj vision media)

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