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CBSE's mite for meritorious students

`INDIRA GANDHI SCHOLARS': Single girl children will benefit from the CBSE's scheme.

`INDIRA GANDHI SCHOLARS': Single girl children will benefit from the CBSE's scheme.  

THE CENTRAL Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has started two merit-based scholarships - CBSE Merit Scholarship Scheme for Professional Studies (medical and engineering) and CBSE Merit Scholarship Scheme for Undergraduate Studies (non-medical and non-engineering).

The CBSE in a release described the scholarships as self-selective and that meritorious students of the AIPMT/AIEEE and Class XII public examinations conducted by the Board from 2005 onwards would be automatically considered for these.

Besides, all girls who happen to be the only child in their families and figure in the merit list of AIPMT/AIEEE will be awarded the scholarships for pursuing medical/engineering courses. Such children have thereby been accorded a special status under these scholarships. All girls awarded the scholarship will be called `Indira Gandhi Scholars'.

A total of 500 scholarships - 350 for engineering and 150 for medicine - each offering Rs.1,000 a month, will be granted annually (Rs.2,000 per annum after four years). The scholarships will be awarded for four years to the candidates pursuing the courses in medicine/engineering in the institutes participating in the CBSE-conducted AIPMT/ AIEE Examinations, or Central Government-controlled/ aided institutes.

In addition, 550 scholarships, each offering Rs.500 per month, will be awarded annually (Rs.1,650 per annum after three years) for three years to the candidates pursuing non-medical and non-engineering courses in Central or State Government Universities or any University recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

Here also, 5 per cent of the total number of scholarships are available to those from single-girl child families, if they have secured at least 60 per cent marks in the Class XII CBSE Examination 2005.

Once awarded, the scholarships will be renewed year-to-year provided the scholar secures 50 per cent or more marks in aggregate in the semester/annual examination which determines his/her promotion to the next class.

Colleges where only grades are awarded will be requested to indicate suitable conversion of overall grades into percentage for this purpose.

The renewal/continuation of the scholarship, in cases where a scholar gives up the chosen course of study before its completion or changes the course of study, will be subject to prior approval of the CBSE. Good conduct and regularity in attendance are required for continuance of a scholarship.

These scholarships are available in addition to any other scholarships or benefits.

For the current year (2005), the CBSE has already despatched offer letters to the 500 candidates under consideration in medical/engineering courses besides making separate offers to those in the single girl child category. For non-medical and non-engineering undergraduate courses too, more than 800 offer letters have already been sent to the prospective candidates besides the offers to the single girl child beneficiaries.

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