After announcing cash assistance for farmers, the Odisha government will provide financial assistance of Rs 20,000 to children of underprivileged families to pursue graduation and post-graduation courses.
The scheme is in addition to the existing scholarships being availed by students. Assistance is limited to the duration of the course and will be given each year till the completion of the course.
Students, whose family income from all sources is not more than Rs 1 lakh per annum will be eligible for the assistance. All approved undergraduate and post graduate courses (non-technical and professional) offered by government universities of Odisha or colleges recognised by the State government will be covered under the scheme.
HIV or AIDS-affected families, parents suffering from non-curable diseases, landless or homeless families with no records of land – either homestead or agriculture – single mothers (with a dependent child) and women-headed families (in case of non-earning spouse) have been identified as underprivileged.
To be eligible, the student should be enrolled in an under-graduate or post-graduate course on regular mode in a recognised institution. The principal or head of the institute will check, scrutinise and verify the eligibility of the student and the documents before finalisation of his or her candidature at the district collector level.