The Adi Dravida Welfare department in the district is in the process of identifying SC students with SSLC qualification for funding their higher secondary education in institutions of their choice.

Every year, 10 SC students with high scores in SSLC are chosen based on their economic backwardness. Thirteen students were interviewed on Wednesday and after assessing another batch of students, 10 among them would be selected, the Adi Dravida Welfare Officer Senthamarai said.

Under the scheme meant for students of corporation, municipal, government, and Adi Dravidar and tribal welfare schools, a beneficiary would be provided a maximum of Rs.28,000 per annum towards school and hostel fee.

The schools could be in the same district the student belongs to or any other district in Tamil Nadu.

In recent years, SC students with sound academic performance had chosen select government-aided schools, including Bishop Heber Boys’ Higher Secondary School and Seva Sangam Girls’ Higher Secondary School, besides some private schools for pursuing their higher secondary education, Ms.Senthamarai said. “Students with scores in the range of 470 and 480 out of 500 are being considered for the benefit.”