Here is good news for meritorious students belonging to below poverty line (BPL) families admitted to various post-graduate courses in Bangalore University.
From this academic year, the university will offer monthly scholarship of Rs. 500 per month (Rs. 6,000 annually) to eligible students under its “Vice-Chancellor's Merit Scholarship”.
The university Syndicate, at a meeting recently, approved the scholarship scheme initiated by Vice-Chancellor N. Prabhu Dev, and agreed to give 10 scholarships — five each under the merit and below poverty line categories — from the academic year 2010-11.
The decision is expected to make 520 students from 52 disciplines eligible for scholarship every year and the university will have to earmark about Rs. 40 lakh annually for this purpose.
The scholarships will be funded from the university's own resources. Students pursuing post-graduate courses in colleges affiliated to the university are also eligible for the scholarship under these two categories.
The Syndicate also decided to extend the benefit of new scholarship to students who have taken up the new four-year BS programme.
However, those admitted under payment category, self-finance courses and those admitted to the post-graduate course for the second time will not be eligible for the scholarship.
Meanwhile, the university has said that it will offer similar scholarship to students of social science at the degree level. About 25 students of undergraduate courses in social science will be given Rs. 500 per month as scholarship. However, those eligible for scholarship under this category would be selected through a talent search procedure of the Institute of Social and Economical Change, Bangalore.
According to a faculty member, the vice-chancellor initiated the scholarship as nearly 50 per cent of the students admitted to post-graduate courses hail from economically weaker sections of society and that there are instances of students discontinuing the course due to financial reasons.