The Gujarat government under chief minister Anandi Patel, has scrapped all scholarships for undergraduate students existing in the state since 1965, to introduce a single “Chief Minister’s Scholarship”.
The new scholarship will also cover children of Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs), Members of Parliament (MPs) and ministers, who did not qualify, in the earlier scholarships,
Doing away with all the existing scholarships since 1965 including those funded by the state as well as the central government for undergraduate students in Gujarat, the ‘Chief Minister Scholarship’ is applicable from the 2014-15 academic session.
This new scholarship was launched by Patel’s predecessor and now prime minister Narendra Modi on March 3, 2014 (just before the Lok Sabha elections) to which Patel and her team have made amendments and revisions, releasing a fresh circular on its implementation, on July 23.
Another major decision the Patel government took was to strike off students studying in premier institutes outside Gujarat including National Institute of Design (NID), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT), National Defence Academy (NDA), Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Film and TV Institute, Pune , from the list of eligible. The GR of March 3 under the Modi government had specifically mentioned and covered these students, while the new GR has no mention of this category. One of the scholarships scrapped is the ” Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi Research Scholarship ”
Though there is no change in the amount of financial benefits under this scholarship, an amendment of scholarship on education loan to scholarship on annual tuition fee has been incorporated. Removing the clause of ineligibility for the wards of certain professions including MLAs, MPs and ministers that was a part of the original Government Resolution (GR), being one of such amendments.
Other professions which were originally excluded as beneficiaries from this scheme included engineers, doctors, chartered accountants, lawyers, architects, contractors under “B” or higher grade, Class II and above officials of central government, state government, nationalised banks, LIC, etc.
“After reviewing various scholarship schemes, education department under state government has cancelled all scholarship schemes and started a new well integrated schol
arship scheme ‘Chief Minister Scholarship scheme’ through March 3,2014 Government Resolution. Considering various suggestions and representations received pertaining to bank loan, professions, limitation of salary and class by the education department for the implementation of this scheme, it became necessary to re-consider this GR,” stated the GR issued on July 23.
Further it stated that during the presentation given to the Chief Minister and after detailed discussion with the senior officials of the education continued…