Foreign Education Scholarship in Maharashtra
Foreign Education Scholarship is about to be introduced by the Maharashtra Government for the Open/ General and OBC Categories. Students who are from SC and ST categories are already receiving this scholarship from the Govt. Not just General/ Open or OBC this time scholarship will also cover students who are from ‘Vimukt Jaati’ and Bhatkya Jamati’ (nomadic and denotified tribes), Official words from CM’s office.
Every year, 20 students will get the scholarship. Ten of them will be from the open category.
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The announcement comes against the backdrop of Maratha community’s agitation for quota. The politically influential community falls in the Open category.
The selected students will get funding for taking admission to 200 leading foreign universities, said the official. “The students will also have a special fee rebate in top 25 universities,” he said, adding that the emphasis will be on courses related to artificial intelligence, climate change, energy conservation, data analytics and nano-technology.
Thirty per cent of the scholarships will be reserved for women students. The official added that Rs. 20 crore would be made available for the scheme.
In today’s meeting chaired by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, the cabinet also gave nod for the formation of “Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Mission” for encouragement to organic farming.
“The aim is to stop excessive use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides. Also, it will focus on creating a mechanism for sale of organic produce,” said the official.
In the first phase, the programme would be implemented in Buldhana, Akola, Washim, Amravati, Yavatmal and Wardha district.
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The cabinet also paid homage to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who died in New Delhi on August 16.
The resolution moved by Fadnavis said the country has lost “a far-sighted, large-hearted and sensitive leader”, and making India a great nation would be the real tribute to him.
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