The Kerala government is planning to sanction funds for disbursal of higher education scholarships. For graduate and post-graduate students, the scholarship will be a supplementary demand for grant, said C Raveendranath, state Education Minister.
Scholarships for the academic session of 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 are still pending. An amount of Rs 2,374 lakhs is required for disbursing the scholarship for previous and current sessions. The amount would be given to the Kerala State Higher Education Council as supplementary demand for grant, Raveendran told the assembly.
In his answer to a submission by Anwar Sadath (Congress), the state Education Minister stated that the Council gets the amount for scholarship from the grant-in-aid, sanctioned by the government annually.
“The government had not sanctioned grant-in-aid to the council for the year 2015-16 and “that is why scholarship was not given during that period,” he pointed out
Answering the question in assembly, the minister accepted that the delay in disbursal of the scholarship had affected students, especially those belonging to economically weaker section of the society.