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Scheme for Residential Education for Students in High Schools in Targeted Areas

Scheme for Residential Education for Students in High Schools in Targeted Areas

The scheme SHRESHTA (Residential Education for Students in High Schools in Targeted Areas) has been launched for the purpose of providing seats for the meritorious SC boys and girls in the best private residential schools in the country.

Every year, it is expected that about 3000 students would be selected for admission in Class 9 and Class 11 under the scheme. The erstwhile Central Sector Scheme of “Grant-in-Aid to Voluntary and other Organizations working for Scheduled Castes” has been revised w.e.f. 2021-22 as SHRESHTA.

Implementation agency

The Department of Social Justice & Empowerment, Ministry of Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.

Objectives

The objective of SHRESHTA is as follows:

  • To enhance the reach of the development initiative of the government.
  • To fill the gap in service-deprived Scheduled Castes (SCs) dominant areas in the sector of education by collaborating with voluntary organizations.
  • To provide an environment for socio-economic upliftment and overall development of the Scheduled Castes (SCs).
  • To provide access to high-quality education to bright Scheduled Caste (SC) students so that they can secure future opportunities

Benefits

  • Provides an entry at Class 9th and 11th in CBSE affliated residential schools for completion of eduction till 12th. 
  • Grants are directly disbursed to the schools covering school fee and hostel fees for the students,  subject to a ceiling of Rs. 75,000/- per annum per student of class 9 and 10 and Rs. 1,25,000/- per annum per student of class 11 and 12.

Mode of entry

The students have to apply online for a  National Entrance Test for to get benefits from the scheme. The entrance exam -  SHRESHTA (NETS) is organised by the National Testing Agency (NTA). To get more details visit https://shreshta.nta.nic.in/

Eligibility

The SHRESHTA (NETS) 2022 will be conducted for admissions in classes 9th and 11th only for SC candidates whose parental annual income is upto Rs. 2.5 lacs.
Only those candidates who have passed or are appearing in Class VIII/X in the given academic session can apply for taking admission in Class IX/XI.

To access the complete scheme guidelines, click here.



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