Officials from the north and north-eastern states will soon get a glimpse of Uttar Pradeshs Scholarship Management System.
The system,developed by the state unit of National Informatics Centre (NIC),had earlier impressed officials from the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. Now the Central department has invited the NIC to make a presentation during the two-day regional conference of state social welfare secretaries beginning October 18.
If the system is found feasible for other states,the ministry may adopt this model to monitor its welfare schemes across the country, said Ganga Kumar,Deputy Secretary at the Union Ministry of Social Justice. The online system,he said,has been found very effective,as it helped detect irregularities in scholarship distribution in the state.
The system is being used by Uttar Pradesh to maintain a comprehensive database of around 3.9 crore scholarship beneficiaries. It is available online and helps maintain transparency and detect fake beneficiaries.
Last Monday,the NICs UP unit had made a presentation before Union Secretary of Social Justice K M Acharya,Joint Secretary Sanjeev Kumar and other officials in New Delhi. State NIC Director S B Singh,Technical Director R H Khan and Joint Director of Social Welfare from Meerut Division Alka Tandon took part in the presentation.
According to S B Singh,they have been asked to prepare for the October 18 demonstration with some added features,including challenges in the implementation of the system and steps taken to overcome them.
In Uttar Pradesh,the Social Welfare department provides scholarship to Scheduled Castes,Scheduled Tribes and general students from below poverty line families.
Students from Classes 1 to V get Rs 25 per month,students from Classes VI to VIII get Rs 40 per month and students in Class IX and X get Rs 60 per month. Scholarships at the same rates are given to OBC and minority students by the Backward Classes Welfare and Minority Welfare departments. From Class XII to the postgraduate level,scholarships are given only to meritorious students from families whose annual annual income does not exceed Rs 1 lakh. The amount of monthly scholarship varies from Rs 235 to Rs 740. In 2009-10,around 4.23 crore students were given scholarships worth over Rs 1,956 crore.