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.
The Department of Social Justice & Empowerment, Ministry of Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.
The scheme is being implemented in two Modes: One is SHRESHTA schools, (Best CBSE/State Board affiliated Private Residential Schools). Second Mode is NGO/VO operated Schools/Hostels. Schools/Hostels run by VOs/NGOs and other organizations having higher classes (up to class 12) and who have been receiving Grant-in-aid will be continued, subject to satisfactory performance.
The objective of SHRESHTA is as follows:
|Class||Fee per student per annum (Rs)|
Provisions have been incorporated for a bridge course in the selected schools for students selected under the Scheme, outside-the-school-hours after identifying the individual academic requirements. Bridge course will target at enhancing the capability of the student to easily adapt to the environment of the school. The cost of bridge course i.e. 10% of annual fee shall also be borne by the Department. The progress of the students would be monitored by the Ministry from time to time.
In case of Mode 2, the grants under of the Scheme will be provided for School fee and residential charges for the SC admitted in the schools. The grant per SC student shall be as below:
|Cost per student limit (Rs. Per year) *|
The students have to apply online for a National Entrance Test 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/
To access the complete scheme guidelines, click here.
Last Modified : 10/10/2023
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