In a landmark decision, the Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday announced the launch of the Delhi government’s new merit cum means scholarship scheme/fee waiver for the needy students who pursue higher studies in any of the State Universities of Delhi, namely: GS Indraprastha University, Delhi Technological University, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Ambedkar University, Indira Gandhi Delhi Technological University for Women and Delhi Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research University.
The scheme will also be extended to the Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology as and when the institution becomes a State University of Delhi.
Broad features of the scheme are as follows:-
1. 100% fee waiver for category of students from a family with card issued under the National Food Security Scheme.
2. 50% fee waiver for students from families with income up to Rs.2.5 lakh per annum.
3. 25% fee waiver for students from families with income above Rs 2.5 lakh and not exceeding Rs.6 lakh per annum.
4. A minimum of 60% marks would be mandatory for availing the scheme. A relaxation of 5% in marks would be applicable for the students of SC/ST category.
Initially the scheme will be applicable to the students in any of the Undergraduate Courses.
The required documentation has been kept as minimum as possible.
It is a proud moment for the people of Delhi that the Government of NCT of Delhi is the first Indian State to provide fee waiver to students from families with income up to Rs.6 lakh per annum, said the release.
The Government is committed to ensure that no child is left behind in the higher education system for want of monitory resources, said the note, adding that the Delhi Government has allocated a budget of Rs.10 crore for the academic year 2017-18.
The scheme is expected to benefit about 20,000 – 25,000 students from poor and moderate means of income.
The scheme has been framed under the framework of The Delhi Higher Education Aid Trust.