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Central Sector Scheme of Free Coaching for SC and OBC Students

With a view to enhance the skills and capabilities of the weaker sections for ensuring rapid economic development and integration in the national mainstream, a scheme for providing free coaching to students belonging to Scheduled Castes (SCs) is being implemented since the 6th Five Year Plan. 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. This Centrally Sponsored Scheme has been revamped and renamed as the Central Sector Scheme of Free Coaching for SC and OBC Students (Effective from April, 2007).

100% expenditure will be borne by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. It is intended to have an outlay of Rs. 40.00 crores during 11th Five Year Plan Period. Objective of the Scheme are to provide qualitative coaching for- Group A and B examinations conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), the various Railway Recruitment Boards (RRB) and the State Public Service Commissions; Officers' Grade examinations conducted by Banks, Insurance Companies and Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) and; Finishing courses/job-oriented courses for employment in the private sector like IT, Bio-technology etc. in need of soft skill as well.

The scheme will be implemented through the reputed coaching 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.

Selection of reputed coaching institutions/centers will be made by a Committee headed by Additional Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment. Fee structure for each course will be decided by the Committee after getting the market feedback every year. It will vary from year to year. Stipend to SC and OBC will be payable at the rate of Rs.750 per month per student for local and Rs.1500 per month per student for outstation students. SC and OBC students in the ratio of 70:30 will be admitted.

The selection of the candidates will be made by the coaching institutes involving an officer (not below the rank of District social Welfare Officer) to be nominated by the District Magistrate/Deputy Commissioner concerned.

Total family income ceiling has been raised from Rs. 1 lakh to Rs.2.00 lakh per annum under the revised scheme. Proposals from the reputed institutions/centers will be invited by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment directly every year.

The grants-in-aid along with eligible amount of stipend for the students will be released directly to the institutions /centers.

The Physical and financial performance of the scheme during the last five years is as under.

(Rupees in crores)

Year B.E. Expenditure No. of Beneficiaries
2003-04 6.00 4.00 7030
2004-05 8.00 4.93 11905
2005-06 8.00 2.53 7438
2006-07 6.40 3.91 6727
2007-08 7.00 3.92 5190

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