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  • 01 Jan 2024
  • 3 min read

Source: PIB

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The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment recently highlighted the Scheme for Residential Education for Students in High Schools in Targeted Areas (SHRESHTA).

What are the Key Highlights of the SHRESHTA?

  • About:
    • SHRESHTA aims to fill the educational service gap in Scheduled Castes (SCs) dominant areas by providing high-quality education, socio-economic upliftment, and overall development for SC students.
    • Admission will be provided in Class 9 and Class 11 of CBSE/State affiliated private schools.
  • Eligibility:
    • The students, belonging to SCs, studying in class 8th and 10th in the current academic year are eligible for availing the benefits of the scheme.
    • Students from the SC community who come from a marginalized income group with an annual income of up to Rs 2.5 lakh are eligible.
  • Operating Procedure:
    • The scheme is being implemented in two Modes:
      • Mode 1: SHRESHTA Schools:
        • Selection Process:
          • Meritorious SC students are selected annually through the National Entrance Test for SHRESHTA (NETS) conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA).
            • Selected students are admitted to the best CBSE/State Board-affiliated private residential schools in classes 9th and 11th.
        • Financial Support:
          • The Department covers the total fee for students, including school and hostel fees, amounting to Rs. 1,00,000 to Rs. 1,35,000 from class 9th to 12th.
            • Admissible fee for each class under the Scheme.
        • Bridge Course:
          • A bridge course is provided outside regular school hours to enhance students' capability to adapt easily to the school environment.
            • The Department bears 10% of the annual fee for the bridge course.
        • Monitoring:
          • The Ministry monitors the progress of students regularly.
      • Mode 2: NGO/VO Operated Schools/Hostels:
        • Schools/Hostels run by VOs/NGOs with classes up to 12th grade receive grants for school fees and residential charges for SC students.
          • Grants range from Rs. 27,000 to Rs. 55,000 per student based on the type of school.
  • Monitoring:
    • The Ministry monitors the progress of students regularly.
      • Institutions are required to disclose performance on their websites and the e-Anudaan/online portal, ensuring transparency.
      • Installation of cameras in institutions, providing live feeds for monitoring purposes.
      • All the institutions are liable for a field visit by an inspection team constituted for this purpose.
  • Impact:
    • 2023-24 (as of December 2023): 7,543 beneficiaries.
      • Admissions in 2023-24: A total of 2,564 students were admitted to 142 Private Residential Schools, and Rs. 30.55 Crore has been reimbursed for school fees.

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