Mohali, March 2, 2014 (Kulbir Singh Kalsi)
Aryans Group of Colleges, Chandigarh has announced “Scholarship Awareness Drive” for needy and deserving students. Under this Drive, Aryans Team would cover entire Punjab to make students aware about various Government Sponsored Scholarship Schemes. Aryans has also launched a Toll Free Helpline no. - 1800 - 30000- 388 on which students can get any information about these Scholarship Schemes.
Giving this information, Dr Anshu Kataria, Chairman, Aryans Group said that the Drive is launched after successful pilot study of Rajpura and Banur Belt under which 50+ Villages and more than 3000 students were covered. During pilot study, it was revealed that 80% of rural students are not aware about Centre sponsored scholarship schemes. Now Aryans has decided to launch campaign in entire Punjab. Under the drive, Aryans team will move to different areas to motivate the students for higher education and to avail the benefits of Govt. sponsored scholarship schemes.
Dr. Parveen Kataria, Director General, Aryans Group said that there are many Central Government sponsored Scholarship Schemes available for needy students of Punjab who are financially weak. But due to lack of awareness, students are not able to avail the benefits.
Dr Anshu Kataria further said that in the year 2013-14, there is a provision of around 6500 crore for SC/ST/OBC students under Post Matric Scholarship Scheme. In MOMA, the Govt. has allocated an amount of Rs.820 crore for 2013-14.
Dr. Kataria said that the students coming under minority category in India like Sikhs, Muslims, Buddhists, Jainism and Parsi can avail the benefit of Ministry of Minority Affairs (MOMA) scholarship which is meant for the welfare and for financial assistance to brilliant students of minority class to obtain higher as well as professional qualification.
He further said that above Post Matric Scholarship Scheme's main objective is to award scholarships to meritorious students belonging to economically weaker sections of minority community so as to provide them better opportunities for higher education increase their rate of attainment in higher education and enhance their employability.
It is to mentioned that Scholarship is awarded to the students who have secured not less than 50% marks or equivalent grade in the previous final examination and the annual income of whose parents/guardian from all sources does not exceed Rs. 2.5 Lakh.