UP (India) begins e-scholarship for timely payment

The Uttar Pradesh Government (India) has implemented an e-Scholarship programme to ensure timely payment of scholarship to more than 2 crore students.

Under this project, the scholarship will be directly transferred to bank accounts of the students electronically. The recipients, who belong to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), Other Backward Caste (OBC), minority communities and Below Poverty Line (BPL) families had complained of not receiving their scholarships and sometimes even receiving lapsed cheques. The project will improve transparency in the process and effectively deal with the large-scale complaints. The state government will also start interactive website on which the students can get answers to their queries. Students can send their application, complaints and check the status of those complaints and also assess related details. The Uttar Pradesh State Wide Area Network (UPSWAN) will connect 900 nodes covering all blocks, tehsils and districts within a year. The e-governance facility will be available in 17,909 Common Service Centres to be established in the villages in the next three years and provide employment opportunities to 50,000 youths.

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