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Admission secured,toppers await scholarships

Government school toppers are yet to receive financial support promised by the Centre and Delhi

Written by Shikha Sharma | New Delhi |
July 11, 2013 1:32:46 am

Having secured 97.4 per cent in commerce in Class XII,Delhi government school topper Ankit Saini was confident about getting admission to the college of his choice in Delhi University. What he was sceptical about and is still not sure of,is how and when he’ll receive the financial support that was announced by the government last month. Delhi government hopes to disburse the scholarships within a week.

The Union HRD ministry had announced a cash reward of

Rs 1 lakh for each of the 200 CBSE Class XII toppers. Taking cue from the ministry,the Delhi government also announced a cash prize of Rs 50,000 for 124 of the 200 CBSE XII toppers from Delhi.

Speaking about the scholarship, Delhi Education Minister Kiran Walia said: “The process of disbursing the scholarships is underway and will be completed within a week. We had to compile the list of 124 students eligible for the scholarship with their certificates and submit it to the Central government,which is why the process took a little time,” she said.

All five government school toppers are now awaiting the scholarships that were announced by the Centre and Delhi government in June. Belonging to economically weaker families,all of them had been relying on the scholarships to pursue their higher education.

“I am delighted to get into SRCC,but am unsure of how I’ll meet college expenses. We haven’t received the scholarship money from either the Centre or Delhi government,” Saini said. His father was paralysed six years ago and his mother works as a domestic help to support the family. He hopes to use the scholarship money to pay his college fee and later do an MBA.

“We have been told we’ll receive the HRD scholarship by November or December,but are yet to hear from Delhi government,” said Abdullah Shaikh,father of Momina Shaikh,the government school humanities topper,who is going to study Economics (H) from Ramjas College.

“I already filled out the necessary forms for the Rs 1 lakh reward last month at my school,but haven’t received any information yet about the cash prize announced by the Delhi government,” said Diksha,the government school Science topper.

In the absence of correspondence from the government,some have even started hunting for alternative scholarships to fund their education.

“I recently filled out the form to get a scholarship under Lal Bahadur Shastri Yojana,” said Diksha,who will study Economics (H) at Miranda House. Meritorious students (securing 80 per cent and above) from economically weaker sections of society are eligible for a cash prize of Rs 2,000 under the scheme.

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