Free Coaching to Minority Students
In-line with his theme of “Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikaas”, PM Modi has now started focusing on the welfare of minority communities by rolling out new schemes in their favor. The latest in step in that direction is Free Coaching and Allied Scheme for Minority Communities Students. The scheme is an initiative by Ministry of Minority Affairs (MMA), Government of India, and it aims to provide free coaching to minority students to prepare them for various competitive examinations.
The key objectives of scheme are to prepare students from minority communities for following exams by providing free coaching:
- Entrance Exams: Almost all major universities organize entrance exams to fill their seats with most deserving students. Coaching for these examinations are covered under the scheme.
- Competitive Exams: All Group A, Group B and Group C posts in government departments are also filled by the means of competitive exams. Coaching for these examinations are also covered under the scheme.
Eligibility Criteria for Institutions
An eligibility criteria has been laid out for institutions that’ll be eligible to receive assistance under the scheme. The criteria permits all government and private sector institutions (including universities) engaged in professional coaching to take part in the scheme. And besides coaching institutes all registered trusts, societies, partnership firms and companies engaged in coaching activities will also be eligible to participate. However, only a handful of them will be selected for the assistance as government has crafted a selection criteria as well.
Mandatory Selection Criteria
Though eligibility criteria allows a majority of institutions to take part in the scheme, the selection criteria is more stringent in nature:
- The institutes must satisfy the minimum requirement of faculty staff members either by having staff members on their payroll or by hiring them on part time basis;
- The required infrastructure should also be available, which includes library, premises, required equipment for technical education, basic amenities and so on;
- The institute must have some experience in providing coaching for the course, with a minimum success rate of 15%.
MMA will invite proposals for the scheme by advertising its details. Institutes will have to send their proposals in prescribed formats via following routes:
- Government institutes will be able to send proposals directly to the Ministry;
- Private institutes (including NGOs) will have to submit their proposals to their State Governments/UT administrations.
Depending on how well an institution satisfies each condition of Mandatory Selection Criteria, points will be given to them. And once institutions have been screened according to that point based mechanism, they’ll be invited to give a presentation to the inter-ministerial committee set up by MMA.
Selection Committee Structure
Members of Selection Committee will include the following people:
|Designation Outside Committee||Designation Inside Committee|
|Joint Secretary, MMA||Chairperson|
|Deputy Secretary/Director of Finance Ministry||Member|
|HRD Ministry Representative||Member|
|A Representative from Education Institutions||Co-Opt Member|
|Deputy Secretary/Director of MMA||Convener|
Eligibility Criteria for Students
The ministry has laid out an eligibility criteria for students as well who’ll benefit from the scheme:
- The student must have secured the minimum qualification marks in qualifying examination for the competitive/entrance exam in which he/she wants to participate.
- The family income of student from all sources must not exceed the limit of Rs. 3 lakh per annum.
- A student can enjoy the benefits of scheme only once, regardless of how many chances he/she is entitled to in any competitive/entrance exam.
- The student enjoying the benefits of scheme must attend all the classes. If a student remains absent for more than 15 days without any valid reason, all expenses of the coaching may be recovered from him/her.
- And finally, 30% of seats under the scheme will be reserved for girls.
We can hope that this scheme will increase the participation of students from minority communities in both government and private sector. Kudos to PM for its rollout!