Scholarships for IIT, IIM, minority students

The state minority affairs development department has announced a scheme offering scholarships to minority students studying in premier institutions like IIT and IIM and training facilities to those aspiring careers in airlines, hospitality sector, tourism, maritime and food processing.

The scholarship scheme and training facilities are open to students whose family income is less than Rs 2.5 lakh. The merit cum means scholarship scheme, a central scheme is aimed at providing financial assistance to 2223 students of whom 2132 would be Muslims. The annual fees at the IIMs is around Rs 2,00,000 per annum. With Sachar Committee exposing the Left Front governments little achievements in terms of minority development and with panchayat elections round the corner, the state government has announced a number of sops and development projects for the minorities. While the scholarship would cover full course fee for students studying in sixty premier institution like IIM, NIT and IIT those in other institutions will be paid annual course fee upto Rs 20,000 and hostel and other charges. Coaching facilities would be available for entrance examination into professional courses and for competitive examinations. Applications can be sent to the managing director, West Bengal Minorities Development and Finance Corporation within 30 September. Upliftment of minorities will not be possible unless they get education. We will even allow private coaching centres which have good success rate, said Mr Abdus Sattar, minister of state, minorities development affairs. The state government will also hold a convention on 18 October to discuss about the sub-plan prepared by it with minority MPs and MLAs as well as people from ISI, IIT and IIM participating in it.

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