• Recently, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is launching SHRESHTA-Scheme for Residential Education for SC Students in High Schools in Targeted Areas. The scheme is being rolled out from the academic year 2022-23.

About SHRESHTA Scheme

  • The SHRESHTA scheme provides scholarships that cover almost all of the educational expenses of meritorious students of Classes 9 and 11 from Scheduled Caste communities.

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  • Students are enrolled for the scheme through the entrance examination known as NETS.
  • The National Entrance Test for SHRESHTA (NETS) is a national level test conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) in computer-based (CBT) mode. Candidates who qualify the SHRESHTA entrance exam are shortlisted for admission to CBSE affiliated schools.
  • The scheme involves disbursement of scholarships directly to the schools giving admission to the shortlisted students, the CBSE said in a notification. 
  • The CBSE further informed that the scholarship covers school fee (including Tuition Fee etc.) and Hostel Fee (including Mess Charges etc.).
  • The scheme is applicable only residential schools (independent) affiliated with the CBSE up to Class 12 Schools must be in operation for 5 years or more with 75 % pass percentage or more in Class 10 and 12 in the last 3 years.

Source: NDTV

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