Improvement of Scholarship Scheme


Improvement of Scholarship Scheme
University Grants Commission (UGC) provides financial assistance to selected candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC)/Scheduled Tribe (ST) categories under various scholarships/fellowships schemes to encourage their interest in Higher Education. Scholarship/fellowship-wise number of SC/ST beneficiaries assisted by the UGC during the financial year 2015-16 are as under:

Name of Scheme
Number of beneficiaries during FY 2015-16
Nodal Ministry
Post Doctoral Fellowship for SC/ST
Ministry of Human Resource Development
PG Scholarship for Professional Courses for SC/ST
Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship for SC candidate 
Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment
National fellowship Higher Education for ST Students  since 2015 [Formerly RGNF – ST]
Ministry of Tribal Affairs

UGC has informed that it has undertaken the following measures with a view to facilitate smooth disbursement of fellowships/scholarships to the students under the various schemes:

1.      all fellowship schemes have been brought under Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode.
2.      disbursal of grants to awardees is being routed through PFMS.
3.      a dedicated web portal ( has been created for migration of legacy cases on DBT platform.
4.      a fellowship tracking portal has been developed where the students can check the status of payment, date of upload of documents etc.
5.      a dedicated email-id is created to facilitate the redressal of student grievances especially relating to disbursal of fellowship/ scholarships.
6.      a dedicated telephone number (011-23235640) has been provided to attend to calls from students relating to grievances/complaints/ problems on disbursal of grants under various fellowship/ scholarship schemes.
This information was given by the Minister of State (HRD), Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey today in a written reply to a Lok Sabha question.
Digital Library
The Ministry of Human Resource Development under National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT) initiated the National Digital Library (NDL) Pilot Project (NDL Phase-I) in April, 2015 with project cost of Rs. 39.8 Crores. The National Digital Library Project is coordinated by the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

NDL Phase-I covers setting up 24X7 infrastructure, providing single-window search and browse facility for e-Learning resources to users, including e-Contents that are available in various institutions of the country by integrating Institutional Digital Repository (IDR) of respective institutions and registering users from Participating Institutions. The alpha version of the NDL Phase-I Portal has been made operational on February, 2016, which is available at Since it is a Digital Library, it is seamlessly available without any State/UT wise physical or accessibility constraint.

National Digital Library is accessible to all students, teachers, researchers, Government Officials, Public Servants, etc. irrespective of their State/UT. Targets for NDL Phase-I are as follows:-

(i) No. of contents: 5 Lakhs

(ii) No. of Institutional Digital Repository for integration: 100
(iii) No. of Participating Institutions from which users are to be registered: 200
National Digital Library currently hosts contents in 70 languages, both in Indian and Foreign. The user interface through which users can search/ browse contents is mostly English and also available in Hindi and Bengali at present.

The implementation timeframe for NDL Phase-I is 3 year, from April, 2015 to March, 2018.

This information was given by the Minister of State (HRD), Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey today in a written reply to a Lok Sabha question.


Learning Outcomes
The National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has developed Learning Outcomes for Elementary Stage as an exemplar for guiding States and UTs to facilitate the monitoring of students learning against expected benchmarks, to organize additional instruction for children who have learning gaps and to share the progress of the child with parents or guardians. It will also help to identify the overall performance of a school with regard to learning and teacher effectiveness.

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) conducts periodic national surveys of learning achievement of children in classes III, V, VIII and X. Four rounds of National Achievement Survey (NAS) have been conducted so far for class V and three rounds for classes III & VIII. These reveal improvement in learning achievement levels of pupils, in identified subjects from first round to fourth round. Since only first round of NAS has been conducted at class X level, it is not possible to comment on the comparative learning achievement or decline of students of Standard X. From current year onwards, Government has decided to conduct annual census based National Achievement Surveys covering all students from Classes I to VIII in all government and government aided schools. The students learning assessment will be according to the Learning Outcomes developed by NCERT for all subjects covering all classes at the elementary level.

‘Education’ is a subject in the “Concurrent” list and most schools are under the administration of State Governments and UT Administrations. The Central Government through its flagship programme for elementary education viz. Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan provides financial assistance to States and UTs to address gaps and challenges in ensuring quality education to children in elementary classes through recruitment of additional teachers to improve the Pupil Teacher Ratio (PTR) and regular annual-in-service teacher training to all teachers to update their skill and knowledge. A similar programme for secondary education, the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan provides for in-service teacher training and academic support to schools for improving performance including training for Principals.

This information was given by the Minister of State (HRD), Shri Upendra Kushwaha today in a written reply to a Lok Sabha question.

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