New scholarship schemes launched for OBC students

Rs 10 lakh per year to be provided for studies abroad

New scholarship schemes launched for OBC students

The Social Welfare Department has launched three new schemes for Other Backward Classes (OBC) students including cash awards for merit students to commemorate the centenary year of former chief minister D Devaraj Urs.

Addressing a press meet in Bengaluru on Wednesday, Social Welfare Minister H Anjaneya said that the “Devaraj Urs Pratibha Puraskara” with cash awards ranging between Rs 10,000 and  Rs 25,000 will be provided to 2,500 students of OBC communities who have secured  90 per cent marks.

 The income of the students’ families should not exceed Rs one lakh per annum.  “A sum of Rs 10,000 will be paid to 1,000 SSLC students, Rs 15,000 to 500 II PU students, Rs 20,000 to 500 degree students and Rs 25,000 to 500 students studying in professional institutions,” the minister said.

The department will provide assistance to the tune of Rs 10 lakh per annum for 100 students who wish to study aboard.

Candidates whose family income is below Rs six lakh per annum and who score a minimum of 60 per cent in their degree or postgraduate examination can apply for the “Devaraj Urs Study Abroad scheme”.

 Under another scheme named after Urs, research scholars pursuing PhDs will be given a monthly stipend of Rs 5,000 per month for three years.

Details of the schemes are available on the website Students can apply online by logging on to their website. Post-martic students of Other Backward Classes looking for government hostel facilities can also apply online from the same portal.

Hostel facilities

Last year, as many as 90,765 students were provided free hostel facilities in 869 hostels belonging to the Social Welfare Department.

The minister said an expert committee will be constituted soon to bring out a book on the life and times of Urs.  A series of functions will be organised across the state on August 20, to coincide with the birth anniversary of Urs.

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