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Central Sector Scheme of Free Coaching for SC and OBC Students

Central Sector Scheme of Free Coaching
for SC and OBC Students
(Effective from April, 2007)

Background

  1. The empowerment of the weaker sections has been a priority area of concern for the Government since independence. A number of plans and programmes are being implemented for assisting the weaker sections so as to enhance their skills and capabilities for ensuring rapid economic development and integration in the national mainstream.
  2. A scheme for providing free coaching to students belonging to Scheduled Castes (SCs) is being implemented since the 6th Five Year Plan. Similar schemes are also being implemented to provide free coaching to students belonging to other backward classes (OBCs) and minorities. With a view to ensure effective implementation and monitoring and to assist the students in a better manner, the separate coaching schemes for SCs, OBCs and Minorities were amalgamated and a combined Scheme, namely Coaching and Allied Assistance for Weaker Sections including Scheduled Castes, Other Backward Classes and Minorities was introduced with effect from September, 2001.
  3. With the creation of a separate Ministry to handle matters relating to the minorities viz. the Ministry of Minority Affairs, it has become necessary to exclude the minority component from the ambit of the scheme. The income criteria of Rs.1.00 lakh per annum of the students availing benefits under the scheme also needs an upward revision in view of the increase in the Consumer Price Index. In addition, the success rate as stipulated in the scheme is found to be unrealistically high as the top rated coaching institutions are not attracted because of low level of central funding. Weighing all pros and cons, it has been decided to revamp the Scheme so as to make it more effective and result oriented.

Objectives

The objectives of the Scheme are to provide qualitative coaching for:

  1. Group A and B examinations conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) and the various Railway Recruitment Boards (RRB);
  2. Group A and B examinations conducted by the State Public Service Commissions;
  3. Officers’ Grade examinations conducted by Banks, Insurance Companies and Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) and;
  4. Finishing courses/job-oriented courses for employment in the private sector like IT, Bio- technology etc. in need of soft skill as well.;

Implementing Agencies

The Scheme will be implemented through the reputed institutions/centers run by the State Governments/UT Administrations, Universities (both Central and State including the Deemed Universities in the private sector) and the private sector organizations, preferably of relevant industry Body or institutes identified by them.

Selection of Reputed Institutions

  1. The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Government of India will invite the proposals from the implementing agencies directly every year.
  2. The proposals received from the implementing agencies will be considered by a Committee consisting of the following:-
    1. Additional Secretary (SJ&E), Chairman
    2. JS & FA (SJ&E), Member
    3. A representative from the Planning Commission, Member
    4. A representative from the M/o HRD, Member
    5. A representative from AICTE, Member
    6. Two representatives from any two Apex Industrial Forums, Members
    7. A representative from NASSCOM, Member
    8. Joint Secretary (SCD), M/o SJ&E, Member-Secretary
  3. The concerned Programme Division will carry out a preliminary screening of the proposals received and shortlist those, which prima facie satisfy the eligibility criteria laid down and have all prescribed supporting documents under the scheme. Such shortlisted proposals shall be considered by the Committee constituted as in point 2. The Committee will further shortlist institutions which prima-facie appear to be suitable for conducting the coaching State Government/UT Administrations for their comments/recommendations regarding the genuineness, credentials, past record etc., in respect of such institutions. The State/UT Administrations will be requested to convey their comments etc. within two months. Once a positive recommendation is received from the concerned State Governments/UT Administrations, the individual proposals will be processed for grant in aid in consultation with IFD by the Programme Division.

    In case the recommendation is not received within the prescribed period, the Ministry may obtain necessary feedback about the applicant institution in other appropriate ways (eg. from NSFDC/NSKFDC/Dr. Ambedkar Chairs under Dr. Ambedkar Foundation nearby, or by deputing a suitable officer from the Ministry for inspection).

  4. In case of coaching centers run by Central/State Governments, the verification as mentioned in point 3 above may not be insisted upon.

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