Students from economically weaker sections can now avail of scholarships for 605 educational courses. Earlier it was restricted to 35 courses. The scholarship amount will ensure the 50% tuition fee is waived off. The waiver is applicable to students whose family income is between Rs 2.5 lakh and less than Rs 6 lakh annually.
A GR offering the scholarship under Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj Fee Reimbursement Scheme was issued by the state higher & technical education department on October 7. Students study ing professional and nonprofessional courses in government, aided, partially aided and unaided institutions can avail of the waiver.
The concessions have be en offered chiefly to assuage the Maratha community which has been demanding inclusion in the Other Backward Castes (OBC) category.Under pressure from the community, which held silent rallies across the state demanding inclusion in the OBC category, the cabinet had last December decided to extend the 50% fee waiver for all categories of students, including Marathas and Brahmins.
Earlier the scheme was only for those from the OBC, Vimukta Jati and Jamati (nomadic tribes). It therefore increased the family income limit from Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 6 lakh per year.
State govt seeks more time to fill quota posts
The state government on Tuesday sought an 11-month extension for open category employees appointed as a temporary measure to fill posts reserved under the 16% quota for Marathas in public jobs. A division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice M S Sonak scheduled the matter for hearing on November 6.