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Punjab to launch scholarship scheme from August

Tuesday, 30 July 2013 | PNS | Chandigarh | in Chandigarh

This August, Punjab Government will start on its ambitious Dr Hargobind Khurana scholarship scheme for the meritorious students of government and Adarsh Schools securing 80 per cent or above in matriculation examination.

Approximately, 3362 students studying in government and Adarsh schools run by the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) are expected to get the scholarship.

The Punjab Government would spend around Rs 15 crore on the scheme in two years, and an amount of Rs eight crore would be spend on the scholarship scheme during the current fiscal year, said the state Education Minister Sikandar Singh Maluka on Monday.

“The scheme has been named after eminent scientist Dr Hargobind Khurana who won the Noble Prize in 1968 for medicine. We are going to start this scheme from August 1 and already Rs eight crore has been set aside for the same,” said Maluka.

He added that the scholarship amounting Rs 30,000 per annum would be disbursed to the students for two year — for Class XI and XII —through e-transfer in their accounts.

“Each student would receive a monthly scholarship of Rs 2500. There would be no income limit under this scheme. All students who secured 80 per cent or more would be entitled to this scholarship up to senior secondary level,” said Maluka.

Already directions have been issued to all the concerned District Education Officers to ensure the opening of bank accounts of the eligible and identified students for the purpose of directly crediting the scholarship amount in their bank accounts.         

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