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Umbrella Scheme for Education of STs



Umbrella Scheme for Education of STs 
The Ministry of Tribal Affairs has formulated an Umbrella Scheme for Education of ST students by merging the following erstwhile Centrally Sponsored Schemes being implemented by the Ministry.

                                     I.     Pre Matric Scholarship for ST Students
                                  II.     Post Matric Scholarship for ST Students
                               III.     Setting up of Ashram Schools in Tribal Sub-Plan Area
                               IV.     Scheme of Hostels for ST Boys and Girls
                                  V.     Scheme of Vocational Training in Tribal Areas

Based on the past experience and evaluation, the revised scheme has been designed to cater to specific needs of states and UTs.  It would provide a cafeteria mode of options for States/UTs to draw upon according to their specific needs and priorities in a bottom of approach. The merged scheme has been approved by the Expenditure Finance Committee in the year 2014. However, approval of the Cabinet is awaited.       
            This information was given by Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Shri Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava in a written reply in Lok Sabha today. 

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Strengthening Education among ST Girls 
The Ministry of Tribal Affairs is implementing a gender-specific scheme exclusively for ST girls viz., “Strengthening Education among ST Girls in Low Literacy Districts” in the country.

During the last financial year 2014-15, twenty nine (29) grantee organizations have been funded for running and maintenance of 112 Educational Complexes for ST girls under the Scheme. The Scheme is being implemented in 54 identified districts in the country, where the ST population is 25% or more, and ST female literacy rate below 35%, or its fractions, as per 2001 census.

This information was given by Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Shri Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava in a written reply in Lok Sabha today. 


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