Central starts national scholarship portal

Sep 02, 2015 18:45 | Chandigarh
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Chandigarh: Hi-tech dose administered by the Central Government for applications and disbursement of scholarships to students under various central government schemes seems a step forward in shifting offline administration to online governance. It is worthy of consideration because Web is becoming a significant interface for offline transactions. The Central Government has started a national scholarship portal (www.scholarships.gov.in)_bringing central government scholarships schemes online in one portal.

Not only has it gives the functioning of the education departments across the country a leg=up but also served as a booster dose for functional health. The hi-tech initiative has made a win-win situation both for the departments and the scholarships seekers. While the former saves itself from a number of complaints, the latter get the work done in no time, and that too, without any hassles.

While talking to Bikram Rana, nodal officer of scholarship schemes of the Chandigarh Administration stated that the Administration has effectively implemented the direct benefit transfer (DBT) post-Matric scholarships of the central government. He added that in 2014-15, the Chandigarh Administration has transferred scholarships amount worth over Rs 5.34 crore under various scholarship schemes to 9921 eligible students directly in their bank accounts compared to Rs 2.70 crore scholarships amount to 2203 students in the last fiscal.

Rana said that the department sent all cases of scholarships under central schemes to the Ministry of HRD and in turn ministry transferred the amount applicant-wise directly in the bank accounts of the scholarships seekers.

He feels that going hi-tech has facilitated the scholarships seekers and also resulted in transparency and removal of roadblocks in offline procedure. He said that the portal has brought six ministries; 12 scholarship scheme; 3,64,219 registration of 967 universities across the country online at one portal. Of these 1,72,883 registered with Aadhaar and 1,12,941 students have submitted scholarship applications online in 2014-15. From this fiscal, students of Class IX and X have applied online for central scholarships while they can apply offline for state scholarships, said Mr Rana