In what came as good news for thousands of aspirants of the National Talent Search (NTS) Examination, the National Council Of Educational Research And Training (NCERT) has made a whopping 150 per cent hike in the scholarship amount to be disbursed among eligible students.
The scholarship money for Class XI and Class XII students has been now increased to Rs 1,250 per month from the Rs 500 per month it was earlier.
The Department of School Education and Literacy of the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD), acting upon the recommendations of the Committee for Non Plan Expenditure (CNE), had approved the hike in the NTS scholarship examination.
The NTS examination is a national-level scholarship programme that aims at identifying young talent, with around 1,50,000 students taking the test every year.
Satish Shinde of the Bharati Vidyapeeth University’s Competitive Examination Centre said the hike in scholarship amount for the NTS examination was a long-pending demand. “It is a landmark decision. The move will hopefully result in more students appearing for the examination now. There should be a periodic hike in the scholarship money in keeping with the rate of inflation,” he said.
Shweta Mule, a parent, praised the move, but said that the number of scholarships should also increase. “The NCERT, every year, awards only around 1,000 scholarships across the country. The number should go up, considering the large number of student takers,” she said.
Meanwhile, the NCERT has also announced a hike in the scholarship amount for undergraduate and post-graduates and those awarded to PhD candidates in accordance with the UGC norms, it was announced.