HRD Ministry to give scholarships to NE students

September 12, 2014

Union Minister for Human Resources Development Smriti Irani  has said that exemplary students from Northeast belonging to lower economic grade will be awarded scholarships for studying at undergraduate level in colleges and universities of the country

The UGC has launched a special scholarship scheme - 'Ishan Uday' - for students of the Northeast from the academic session 2014-15, Irani said.

The scheme permits a grant of 10,000 scholarships to students from the Northeast, whose parental income is below Rs 4.5 lakh per annum and they would be provided scholarship ranging from Rs 3,500 to 5,000 per month for studying at undergraduate level in colleges and universities of the country, Irani told in a press conference.

The two programmes - Ishan Uday and Ishan Vikas - are part of initiatives taken by the HRD ministry in its first 100 days.

In the "Ishan Vikas" programme, an interaction between teachers and students from the Northeast will be facilitated with the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and IISERs in order to enhance the quality of education in Northeast and fostering their desire to pursue technical education, the HRD minister said.

Each school will send one teacher to accompany a group of about 32 students of class IX and X. The college students would be organised in two groups in summer and in winter, each consisting of 32 students. About 2016 college students and 504 teachers from NE will be visiting premier institutes like IIT, NIT and IISERs in an academic year.


The summer internship for students from the engineering colleges with stipends and travel will be taken up. From 25 institutions, about 250 students will be visiting 16 IITs and six NITs (to start with, six NITs are being considered) per year, the minister added.


AICTE through its Saksham programme has decided to award 1,000 scholarships to differently-abled students to pursue technical education based on merit in qualifying examination, the ministry said.  Also, CBSE's UDAAN will provide special incentives to 1,000 selected disadvantaged girls to enable admission in science or engineering colleges.

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