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1,122 Vidya volunteers appointed in madrasas

Madrasas accepting financial aid offered under the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan

The full tuition fee of Rs. 34,000 will be reimbursed for MBBS students

HYDERABAD: The existing scheme for reimbursement of tuition fee to SC, ST and BC students has been extended to students belonging to minority communities too with a ceiling of Rs 10,000.

However, the full tuition fee of Rs. 34,000 will be reimbursed for MBBS students though in the case of engineering students, it will be Rs. 10,000 against the full fee of Rs 26,000.

Announcing this at a press conference here on Thursday, Minorities Welfare Minister Mohd Ali Shabbir said this was the first time in the country that tuition fee of minority community students was being reimbursed.

This would account for Rs. 34 crore out of the Rs 90-crore budget earmarked for education of the minorities. Already, a sum of Rs 41 crores was allotted for payment of pre-matric and post-matric scholarships.

The Minister said the balance amount of Rs 15 crore would be used to set up 12 residential schools, each on 10 acres of land, and 16 hostels, five of them for girls. He said scholarships would be disbursed by January 15.

Mr Shabbir said the scholarship amount had been steeply enhanced to Rs. 600 per annum in case of classes VI to VIII, Rs. 800 for classes IX to X and to Rs. 2,500 for classes above Class X. A degree student would now get Rs 4,000.

The Minister announced that madrasas had finally accepted the financial aid offered under Sarva Siksha Abhiyan to modernise education and implement mid-day meal scheme.

He said 526 out of the estimated 2,000 madrasas in the State had accepted SSA aid. In all, 1,122 Vidya volunteers had been appointed for them, each on a honorarium of Rs 1,600 a month.

Efforts were on to get free RTC bus passes to these students.