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Higher Education Scholarships for Minority Communities doubled in Maharashtra

Higher Education Scholarships for Minority Communities Doubled in Maharashtra

The government of Maharashtra has doubled the scholarship for seven registered minority communities, including Muslims, Christians, Jains, Zoroastrians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Jews. Students belonging to these communities and pursuing higher education are now entitled to an annual scholarship of Rs 50,000 from Rs 25,000. The revised scholarship amount is being implemented for minority groups of students pursuing arts and full-time diploma programs.

The state government resolution of October 4 stated the revised scholarship amount. However, the annual income cap to avail the scholarship remains the same at Rs 8 lakh per year. Minority community students pursuing arts, science and commerce education will be awarded a scholarship of Rs 5,000.

The scholarship amount is being revised after more than a decade and according to reports, the Eknath Shinde-led Maharashtra government has revised the amount after assessing the social, financial and educational status of Muslims in 56 cities in six revenue divisions of the state. The decision to review the scholarship amount for minorities was taken by the meeting of the state cabinet.

In 2011, the annual income ceiling was revised from 2 lakh to 8 lakh for parents who wanted to take advantage of the benefits of a scholarship. While the scholarship amount remained the same which is Rs 25,000.

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