Ministry of Human Resource Development provides scholarships to students securing good marks in intermediate under ‘Central Sector Scholarship’ scheme. The scholarship forms are filled online and student also has to fill his/her Aadhaar number in the mandatory field in the form. Thousands of students in the country do not have Aadhaar number due to which they are not able to submit their application form. Since Supreme Court has declared that Aadhar card cannot be made mandatory for availing schemes, ministry should remove the compulsion of Aadhaar number so that thousands of meritorious students can get benefits of scholarship program.
The last date for online form filling was 15 September and the last date for sending hardcopy along with document proofs to the CBSE office is 30 September. The ministry should extend both these dates so that those students who were unable to submit their application because of not having Aadhaar can also apply for the scholarship program. The scholarship scheme is applicable for all those twelfth passed students who have secured a minimum of 418 marks in science stream, 401 in commerce stream and 388 marks in other streams. Also the candidate student should have taken admission in a regular graduation course and his/her guardian’s annual income is not more than Rs. 6 lakh.
Under this scheme the eligible student is provided with Rs. 10000 every year for three years. If the student has taken admission in B.Tech, MBBS or other such courses then he/she is given Rs. 20000 in the fourth year. However, the scholarship has to be renewed every year for which separate form has to be filled. The candidate student should also have to prove that he/she has secured a minimum of 60% marks in the year.
Delhi Government waiting for directions from the centre
After Supreme Court’s verdict on Aadhar card, Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit has said that their government is considering this issue and is waiting for direction from the central government. She said 99% Delhi residents have Aadhar card. We have spent crores on this, we are waiting for instructions from the centre. She added that if we get approval for linking Aadhar card with welfare schemes then only we will do so but at present we are waiting.