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AAP Govt to fund higher studies of 100 Dalit students; launches scheme

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In a recent development, the Aam Aadmi Party government has launched a scheme, under which they will provide financial assistance to 100 Dalit students to study abroad.

The overseas scholarship scheme was launched with an aim to encourage such students to enroll in foreign universities.

Under the scheme, Dalit students who have secured admission in higher education courses in foreign universities will have to apply online to avail the benefits of the scheme.

“The applicants should be residents of Delhi and their family income should not exceed Rs 8 lakh per annum”, Delhi’s SC/ST Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam said.

Adding further, he said, “The government will provide financial assistance of up to Rs 10 lakh for a two-year course and up to Rs 20 lakh for a four-year course to around 100 candidates. It’s happening for the first time in Delhi.”

The applications will be vetted by a committee headed by the Principal Secretary of the SC/ST department,” the minister said.

“We have no dearth of talented people who can accomplish anything given equal opportunities. The AAP government has decided to hold their hand. Saiyyaji Rao Gaekwad, the erstwhile ruler of Baroda state, funded Bhim Rao Ambedkar’s education abroad, giving him a chance to showcase his talent and the rest is history,” he added.

Similarly, the AAP Government launched the Jai Bhim Mukhyemantri Pratibha Vikas Yojana last year, under which Dalit students can avail free coaching for various exams.

The results were fruitful with thirty-five of the 107 students who availed free coaching for entrance exams have cleared JEE Main and NEET this year.

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