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Needy agri students to get back 50% fees

PUBLISH DATE 22nd June 2017

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Economically weaker section (EWS) students, who are pursuing their degree or postgraduate studies in agriculture and allied science courses, will soon get the benefits of the state government's fees reimbursement scheme.

The state cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal to widen the scope of `Rajarshi Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Fees Reimbursement Scheme'' for the EWS students taking up higher, professional and technical courses through the centralized admission process conducted by the state.

Fifty per cent of the fees is reimbursed under the scheme if the beneficiaries have an Aadhaar-linked bank account. The scheme is implemented by the state from its own funds and is independent of the centrallyfunded fees reimbursement scheme for the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (SCST) and Other Backward Class (OBC) students. The state government reviews the scheme for EWS students every year and takes fresh decisions about any changes.

The government also decided to the relax the condition of minimum 60% score in standard X for the physically challenged EWS students to qualify for the scheme. Similarly , the diploma-holders seeking lateral entry to second-year of engineering, pharmacy and management, among others, will no more be bound by the norm of minimum 60% score in their standard X. Instead, these students have to score minimum 50% marks in the last year of their diploma studies to qualify for the scheme.

Experts have said the cabinet's decision to widen the scope of the reimbursement scheme will benefit many agricultu re and allied science students who, otherwise, stood denied.Many students pursuing these courses come from rural and semi-urban areas with interest in agriculture and allied sources of living, they pointed out.

Last October, the state government had decided to increase the annual income limit of parents for the EWS students to be eligible under the scheme to Rs 6 lakh and had declared its intent to widen the scope by bringing in more courses.

50% attendance is compulsory

Under 'Dr Punjabrao Deshmukh hostel subsistence allowance' scheme, the government has made it mandatory for the beneficiaries to have a minimum 50% attendance of classroom studies and appearance in each semester exam. The classroom studies will be monitored by way of Aadhaar-linked biometric attendance. If an eligible student is absent from a semester exam or fails in the exam then the benefit will be suspended till he clears that semester or academic year. The same will be resumed in the subsequent year on his meeting the condition. In case of failure in two successive exam, the scheme benefits will terminated forever.