The Jharkhand Cabinet on Thursday has approved four ambitious schemes to promote education and skill development of students and youths, an official said.
The schemes are Mukhya Mantri Shiksha Prothsahan Yojana (MMSPY), Eklavya Prasikshan Yojana (EPY) and Guruji Student Credit Card Yojana (GSCCY) of the Higher and Technical Education department, and Labour department’s Mukhya Mantri Sarathi Yojana (MMSY).
Under the MMSPY, class 10 pass students will be provided free coaching at Jharkhand-based institutions of national repute for entrance examinations of engineering, medical, common law admission test, mass communication, fashion designing, hotel management and chartered accounting.
“Along with free coaching, a provision of Rs 2,500 scholarship per month has also been decided for lodging and other expenses of student. The only eligibility condition to qualify for the scheme is that student’s parents should not come under the income tax criteria,” said Rahul Purwar, secretary of the Higher and Technical Education department.
The department targets to provide the benefit of the scheme to 8,000 students in a year. Soon a detailed guideline for selection of students and coaching institutions will be issued.Under EPY, job-oriented free coaching will be provided for various competitive examinations such as union public service commission, Jharkhand public service commission, bank PO, bank clerk, railways and staff selection commission. The department aims to provide coaching to 2,700 students in a year.
Purwar said the third scheme GSCCY is aimed at providing financial help to students, who would be selected for higher education, engineering, medical and others.
“Such students will be given a credit card, which has a maximum limit of Rs 15 lakh. Students can spend 30 per cent of Rs 15 lakh for non-institutional expenses such as lodging, food, books, laptops, etc. This 30 per cent component will go to the student, while the rest of the amount will go to institution as fees,” he said.