Many schemes are being run by the Government for the educational and economic development of students belonging to backward classes and minorities in the state. Lakhs of students are getting benefited from these schemes. Backward Classes and Minorities Welfare, Tribal Welfare Minister Ramkhelawan Patel informed that along with various scholarship schemes, hostels, incentives and pre-examination training are also being provided to these classes.
The State Government is running post matric and state scholarship scheme for backward class students. In the financial year 2020-21, 6 lakh 81 thousand students were registered on the scholarship portal under the Backward Classes Post Matric Scholarship Scheme. Aslo, 489 crore scholarships were sanctioned and distributed to three lakh 54 thousand students. Under the Backward Classes State Scholarship Scheme, more than 215 crore scholarships were sanctioned to 31.95 lakh students. In the financial year 2021-22, an amount of Rs 165 crore was transferred to the School Education Department. As many 55 students including new and renewed were benefitted by sanctioning an amount of Rs 13.33 crore for foreign studies.
During 2020-21, applications of 11 lakh 5 thousand 687 minority students were approved by the Government of India and Rs 37.31 crore were sanctioned under the Minority Pre-matric Scholarship Scheme. Under the Minority Post-Matric Scholarship Scheme, an amount of Rs 12.92 crore was approved by the Government of India during 2020-21 by accepting the applications of 20,120 minority students. Under the Minority Merit-cum-Means Scholarship Scheme, the Government of India approved the applications of a total of 2204 minority students during 2020-21 and an amount of Rs 6.31 crore was sanctioned.
In each district headquarters, there are 100 seater boys and 50 seater girls hostels. Approval has been given to operate one 50 seater boys hostel and one 50 seater girls hostel in each development block in a rented building. A 500 seater girls hostel has been dedicated in Indore. There are 500 seater girls in Jabalpur, 100 seater girls in Ujjain and 100 seater boys post matric hostel in Ujjain are near completion.
The process of reserving government land and obtaining estimates for the construction of 500 seater girls hostel at the divisional headquarters Rewa, Ujjain, Sagar, Shahdol and Hoshangabad is in progress.